Kurt Vile: Whelans, a set on Flickr.
On Monday night I shot my first gig for www.thethinair.net
which was the first of two sold out shows by Kurt Vile on his solo acoustic tour. The support came from Pall Jenkins, who I really enjoyed. He would play a backing track/loop and play along with it, alternating between guitar and playing a saw with a bow.
When Kurt Vile came on stage and proceeded to play, I felt very invasive snapping away as it was quieter than earlier. I wasn’t the only one there however so that helped but I couldn’t help but think that every punter as well as Kurt could hear the shutter of my camera every time.
Typically the lights went down a lot for when he arrived to play, which left me with a dull glow of blue to try capture him. There wasn’t much I could play around with in post processing to mix up the look of the set.
The performance was brilliant, amazing guitar and banjo skills on display. I’m just gutted that for a third time seeing him live I still haven’t seen him play Baby’s Arms. Some other time maybe.