Parkway Drive. Completely insane. I've heard things about their live shows, but seeing the Emerson sold out at 500 people with them was crazy. These guys usually have huge crowds, but have a barrier. Seeing Parkway Drive for the first time, this was exactly what I imagined it'd be, and even more.
The first band to play was Pathos, a local band from Indianapolis. They definitely got the crowd started. Even without knowing their songs, the crowd was into it. At this point, the crowd would do anything the band asked. It was cool to see a responsive crowd to local bands. That's rare these days. Check out their social media, and some images below!
Next up were my good, screamo, friends in Infamous. These guys took me on my first tour ever. It seems like I never shoot photos of their live shows anymore because I'm never home when they play. It was nice to be able to be back with who it all started with. These guys have some big things coming up, and make sure you stay on the look out for them. One of Indy's best that has such good potential. Check out their social media, and some images below!
Cover Your Tracks was originally supposed to play third in the schedule, but we discovered earlier in the day they dropped off the show. So, Parkway Drive was next. Before their set started, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was playing over the PA, and the crowd loved it. Everyone sang along, and it was just a cool moment. Parkway got about a song and a half into their set when audio issues started kicking in. Their instruments would just cut out, and so would vocals. It was definitely weird, but they fought through it. They handled it better than most bands. After the second or third time it happened, you could tell they were annoyed, but loved the energy from the crowd. Speaking of the crowd, there was so much crowdsurfing and stagediving. Pro tip: Crowdsurf, and immediately get off stage. I can't stress how much bands hate when there are people just standing on stage, whether it be singing, head banging, or trying to snap that perfect selfie, or video. Just get off stage right away.
Other than that, it was a great night. It bummed me out having to shoot the whole show from only one side of the stage, but I wasn't going to risk my camera gear in that crowd. I got some decent shots, which you can check out below!