FASTCORE PHOTOS #1: $4 ppd., 5 ½” x 8 ½”, photocopied, 32pgs.

Mar 04, 2011

Lots of photos of bands like the Cold War Kids, My Chemical Romance, and things of that nature. Just kidding... This is actually a photozine put together by Will Butler, who runs To Live A Lie Records. Every single photo in here was shot in 2010. For a first effort, this is pretty nice. You get one photo each of band, like Acid Reflux, Coke Bust, Devour, Double Negative, Magrudergrind, White Cross, and Thou. The layout is clean and uncluttered, which is important for a photozine. You want the viewer’s eyes to rest on the photos and not get distracted by a busy backgrounds. The quality of photos is decent. There are some really good shots of Coke Bust, Capitalist Casualties, Chest Pain (mainly because the singer looks like he is having chest pains), Corrosion Of Conformity, Plague Atake, and Ramming Speed. The subjects are tightly framed; the energy and intensity come across. The cover shot is equally good, with a couple of dudes jumping on each other. There are some shots that could/should have been left out, such as the Bukakke Boys (though a interesting shot, the singer’s face and top of head are cut off), and Surroundings (more a picture of a microphone than the band, considering the singer’s head and shoulders are cut off), and Negative Approach (shot from behind the drum kit, and no one, other than the crowd, is facing the camera, and the band is just there). I’m not harshing, just giving advice. This is a first time effort, so there’s going to be room for improvement that could be dealt with in upcoming issues. I enjoyed looking at this more than a couple times, and will definitely keep this in my collection. –M.Avrg (Will Butler, 2825 Van Dyke Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607-7021, fastcorephotos.tolivealie.com)

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