This past Sunday I headed into Boston to photograph Parkway Drive’s Ire Tour at the House of Blues. Miss May I was direct support followed by Thy Art Is Murder and In Hearts Wake. With some of my favorite bands playing there was no way I was missing it.
I got there a few hours early to see my friends in Miss May I and their crew along with Matt and Art who were selling merch for Miss May I and In Hearts Wake respectively. We wandered the venue looking for the perfect place for them to take a photo playing Cee Lo together in front of the Green Monster at Fenway Park. Later on our other friend Carol, who was on my bus all summer showed up and we headed over to Boston Beer Works with Matt and Clint, Miss May I’s tour manager to catch up over a few beers. It was nice seeing everyone since I hadn’t seen them since Warped Tour ended.
First up was In Hearts Wake . I photographed them a few months ago when they were in Boston with Northlane and the venue had some pretty terrible lighting so I was happy to get some good shots of them. They walked on to Gaia and played into “Earthwalker” and that’s when the crowd went nuts. Kids on the barrier were all screaming back at them. They played all the crowd favorites including “Survival (The Chariot)” with the famous killing frenzy sample from the Halo series. After my three songs were over I went up to the balcony to watch and a large pit had opened in the center of the room. It was great to see them get a reaction like that.
Thy Art Is Murder took the stage next and opened with “Absolute Genocide” off of their newest album Holy War. Thy Art finished up the crowd favorite “Purest Strain of Hate” and it was time for me to leave the photo pit. After getting back to the balcony I looked down at the crowd and in the middle of the floor was an absolutely massive circle pit with a mosh pit in the middle. Before heading into the final song “Holy War” vocalist CJ McMahon dedicated it to all those killed in the recent Paris attacks.
Miss May I played next opening with “I.H.E.” from their newest album “Deathless” to get the crowd going again. I spent a good amount of time in the photo pit dodging crowd surfers as security brought them over the barrier. Once the three songs were up I went out to the back of the stage to grab a few shots of the crowd in front of them which was swirling into itself as the band started into the title track of their new album. I stepped out onto the stage to grab a few shots of Jerod on the drums before ducking back behind their cabs to watch the rest of the set.
Parkway Drive rounded out the night ripping out “Destroyer” the first song on their new album Ire. My buddy Nathan Katsiaficas who was there shooting let me borrow his Canon 16-35mm for some super wide shots during the last song. The crowd favorite “Carrion” finished up my time in the photo pit where I again spent much of my time dodging bodies. I headed back up to the balcony to watch the chaos unfold. Everyone from the bottom floor to the balconies was moving. Once the band started into “Romance Is Dead” I went downstairs to watch the rest of the set with Matt and Carol from the merch table. I grabbed a few shots during Parkway’s encore where they played “Crushed” and “Home Is For The Heartless” and the night was over. Everyone said their good byes and the bands were back on the road to the next date. It was great to see some friends I haven’t seen in a while and watch some bands tear down a venue.
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