FASTCORE PHOTOS #4: $3.25, 4¼” x 5½”, glossy cover, printed pages, 51 pgs.

Apr 19, 2016

Will Butler, of To Live A Lie Records fame, returns with the latest issue of Fastcore Photos. If you were waiting more than a minute for this edition, you will not be disappointed. Butler is adept at capturing bands in the moment. There’s such immediacy to his shots that you almost feel like you are a member of the audience. With forty-eight different bands represented in these pages, there is a lot to see. Butler notes in the intro that most photos were taken at DIY venues in Raleigh, N.C.; Greensboro, N.C.; and Richmond, Va. Although the photos were shot on different days and at different venues, these black-and-white shots convey a unified feeling. The intensity of the bands translates very well in these images. All these images were great, but I felt missing was more of the story. I’d have loved to read a few words from Butler about each band—maybe a note about the show or the venue where each shot was taken—to add an extra layer of detail for the reader. Personal preferences aside, Fastcore Photos is a great zine, stuffed with some great bands. I’m looking forward to future issues. –Paul J. Comeau (To Live A Lie, [email protected])