Mutemath at the Basement East, Nashville, TN 10/2/2015

I’m a creature of habit. Whatever it is, a new sport, a new videogame, a new book, or hobby–my first instinct will be to resist. Which is why the Mutemath album I purchased got lost in a hard drive full of music for four years before 2009 came along. I went with a group to see them on the Armistice tour at the then Nokia Theater in Times Square, New York City. That’s where it finally clicked and I understood.

This band is ridiculous.

The whole theater got their faces rocked off.

I went again in 2012 with the same group to the same venue, now the Best Buy Theater in Times Square, New York for the Odd Soul Tour. That’s where I realized, that I really didn’t fully understand back in 2009.

This band is ridiculous.

The whole theater got their faces rocked off.

Fast forward to October 2, 2015. I live in Nashville now and I’ve had tickets to see them at the Basement East for months. It’s a smaller venue, but not too intimate. A long bar, a small stage and a little VIP section surround a pretty big floor. I spot my friend Christy who is already shooting the opening act, The Quiet Entertainer, a local DJ opening for Mutemath on their US tour.

I get my Nikkor SC 50mm prime on my Nikon D7000 and start walking around the room.

The Quiet Entertainer
The Quiet Entertainer
Quietly Killing It
Quietly Killing It
Not so quiet.
Not so quiet.

Once The Quiet Entertainer finished his set I walked around to the other side of the stage and parked right up next to the drum kit and waited.

My patience was rewarded.

Darren King getting ready to beast out on the drums.
Darren King getting ready to beast out on the drums.

I switched to my 28-300mm zoom at some point to get real tight. I tried to keep the ISO down below 2000, but at 300mm it can’t open up wider than 5.6. Also rocking handheld at that focal length in low light inevitably produces a lot of motion blur despite how high you crank your shutter speed. I recommend just constantly shooting and making sure you get the shot while juggling shutter and ISO wide open.

Meany going in.
Meany going in.
Silhouette.
Silhouette.
What do you say?
What do you say?
Used to.
Used to.
King over his domain.
King over his domain.
Credit the assist.
Credit the assist.
In the groove.
In the groove.
Intensity.
Intensity.
Monument
Monument
Now you're one of us.
Now you’re one of us.
Backlight.
Backlight.
Feeling it.
Feeling it.
Break.
Break.
Gummerman.
Gummerman.
Spotlight Is On
Spotlight Is On
Peculiar People.
Peculiar People.
Meany.
Meany.
Typical.
Typical.
Midshow Acrobatics
Midshow Acrobatics

This band is ridiculous.

The whole bar got their faces rocked off.

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