Like most of the time when I sit down and think of which words to use, what memories to extract and where I was that day, I start off my passages with something like "where do I start...?"
Luckily for me the day Say Anything was in town there was a ton going on and I actually did a fairly good job this time documenting the day, not just the show. For starters, me and Reed (Say Anything drummer) headed over to Jesters King Brewery on a recommendation from a friend of his at Green Bench based out of Florida and they are doing a collab beer soon. Stoked on that, can't wait to see what they come up with. Sparing the pretentious sounding review of the beers we had, I'll just leave with you "they were really good and I highly recommend this place to people who generally enjoy non Bud Light beer"
Side Note: Reed is by far one of the most down to Earth and easily approachable guys I've ever met and his most redeeming quality is his ability to look stone cold any time I point the camera in his direction.
After the brewery we headed back to the venue for sound check. If you've never been a part of the process, it's a lot less exciting than most people make it out to be. Lots of standing, sitting and waiting. Luckily for me I can do all of the aforementioned and also take pictures. While waiting for knobs to be twisted, pedals to be bypassed and turned back on and repetitive "thud thud thud" and "boom boom boom" EQ adjusting of the drums, Kenny Bridges and Parker Case worked out some quick notes and began playing Jimmy Eat World's "A Praise Chorus" for the first song in sound check. That was actually super fun. I would have to say for me, personally, the best part of the whole sound check was getting to see so many familiar faces from Derek Gramke to Matt Wilson to Danny Samet. A lot goes into making a show work outside of the players in the band and for as long as I've been doing this, I have to say, these guys do it just as good, if not better, than anyone else in this small circle of hardworking peeps.
Shortly after wrapping up all the loud noises the rest of the afternoon went by pretty quickly but two notable events took place. 1) I had a few moments to catch up with Sherri DuPree Bemis and 2) me, Kenny, Reed and Derek ventured out for tacos at Torchy's.
One last note here before I begin part II, the actual show, I had a couple of moments throughout the day to catch up with a dude I met on the Saosin tour, his name is Curtis. I feel like a broken record when I say I meet the nicest and genuinely raddest people but I meet the nicest and genuinely raddest people and Curtis is one of them. He was kind enough to let me make his portrait before the show started outside of the venue when the lighting was favorable.