I first met these guys while on the Bastille European tour early this year. I was truly impressed by the way they connected with those crowds—taking their Americana sound and getting the Bastille fans of Italy, Germany, etc. on their feet and dancing.
It was something totally different to see them in their own home turf.
These guys know how to put on a live show. They’re a delight to tour with—we had some fabulous backstage times and the dynamic between Grizfolk and Bastille is really something good. I love getting to photograph the moments of interaction between bands, and it was particularly fun to watch as, night after night, Grizfolk came onstage to sing along with Pompeii.
In addition to my usual work capturing the live shows and the backstage shenanigans, I also took a couple of opportunities to do more formal shoots with the guys. My favorite work is (and probably always will be) candid and unstaged photography. Despite this, I’m pretty pleased with the shots I got asking the guys to pose, especially in the Masonic Temple in Detroit, which is possibly the craziest building I have ever seen. It’s massive, with a full cathedral on the upper floors, and all these elaborately decorated rooms next to completely falling apart or unfinished sections of the building. As soon as I started walking around the place, I knew I wanted to try for a couple of formal shots, since a chance in a setting like that doesn’t happen every day.
It was a pleasure sharing the road with them, and I look forward to seeing what these next months have in store!