It's been about two weeks since I went to see Reignwolf. Since then I've been struggling to finish writing something about the show for my blog. Don't get me wrong the show was spectacularly entertaining and a blast to be at, but I've just been unable to focus on writing about it. 

I was first introduced by fellow photographer, Brian Van Wyk. He and I were standing in line to grab a beer before we started shooting Rock The Shores. I mentioned I was planning on skipping him to have some lunch and most likely another beer on top of that. He told me I could grab lunch anytime and I would regret not shooting Reignwolf for the rest of my life if I missed it. Brian couldn't have more right. Jason Cook (Reignwolf) was probably the best act I shot at Rock The Shores this year, and he has certainly become the talk of Victoria since that afternoon.

I was off on some kind of adventure. I think I was fishing with my dad in Mexico when tickets to Reignwolf went on sale. I emailed some folks back home to grab me a ticket, but they had as much luck getting a ticket as someone in a foreign country with spotty hotel wifi. 

The concert announcement displayed in my local record store's window simply said, "Sold Out Forever!" That was that. 

I'd reserved myself to spending one more night with the family instead of going to a concert. That was until I woke up from one of my holiday naps to find an enveloped crammed into my screen door. "Merry Fucking Christmas" read the envelope. Clearly it was from one of my friends. Inside was a note and a concert ticket. Michelle became my new best friend instantly. 

I couldn't have thought of a better way to end 2013 than going to one last rock and roll show. Especially when it came to being able to hang out with some really great friends who were in town for the holidays. 

Here's my good friend David Lacroix's post about the show on Concert Addicts. I highly recommend you check out some of his other reviews on there as well. He's a talented writer when it comes to concert reviews. It's a hard thing to do well, and he's one of the best out there. 

More Reignwolf photos can be found on my flickr.

Rock The Shores: Part Four

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Seattle musician by the way of Saskatchewan, Jordan Cook aka Reignwolf kicked some serious ass as the opening act of Sunday's Rock The Shores. He was the heaviest, most energetic, and eccentric artist of the entire festival by the end of his first song. That was before he was joined by the other two members of his band. 

Jordan Cook was all over the place. He played the drums with his guitar and his guitar with drumsticks. When the band joined him he took a seat on an amp at the front of the stage, before springing back into action all while wailing on his guitar. 

I'm glad Brian Van Wyk convinced me to shoot his set instead of drinking beers. 

A couple weeks ago I shot Vince Vaccaro at VIC Fest. As always Vince's show was a treat, and it's always awesome to see the crowd singing along with a local artist. 

Vince Vaccaro has always been one of those local artists that I think should be way more successful than they are. I know he's a huge draw here on the island and lower mainland, but I'm never sure of how far his success reaches past the Rockies. It's always good to see honest hardworking musicians become successful. 

I'm going to be honest here. Like truly honest. 

I really really do not like Awolnation. I think their music is awful. It's what's wrong with modern music and I don't understand it's huge following. It is terrible screaming garbage. I mean I have and continued to love music with a vocalist that screams, but this is like nails on a chalkboard to me. Every time I hear one of their songs come on the radio I turn off the radio. Not change the frequency. I just straight up turn off the radio. 

Now that my grandpa moment is over about hating modern music I have to say these guys, especially the lead "singer" certainly have a lot of energy. More so than any other band of the whole music festival I saw people "singing" along to their songs. Clearly I missed the memo.

I did however enjoy shooting the first few songs of their set, but I enjoyed the taco and beer I had during the rest of their set a little more. 

More photos of Reignwolf, Vince Vaccaro, and Awolnation can be found on my flickr.