(Apologies for not posting anything here in a week. I’ve been busier than usual lately.)
Last month The Wanch celebrated its 25th anniversary. The Wanch is a bar just off the corner of Jaffe and Fenwick in Hong Kong’s Wanchai district. It’s a small bar but a friendly one and presents live music 7 nights a week with no cover charge or minimum. These days the bar features mostly cover bands, many of them consisting of ex-pats who have office jobs during the day and are living out their rock ‘n roll fantasies at night. They also get the occasional celebrity “drop-in” – I’m told Slash jammed there following his most recent Hong Kong concert appearance.
The Wanch did a week of special themed nights to celebrate this occasion and I was hired to be the official photographer for two of those nights. As part of the assignment, I was asked to get photos of the audience enjoying themselves as well as shots of all the musicians.
Friday, October 19, 2012, was the launch of their latest compilation CD, featuring songs from 20 Hong Kong bands. Musicians appearing that night included Dave Colquhoun, The Delfino Trio, The Sleeves and a reunion of legendary HK bar band The Bastards.
The Bastards were especially impressive. Although they were performing mostly covers, lead singer Dan James threw himself headfirst into every song, singing as if his life depended on it. You may think this is mere hyperbole but I’m serious when I say I’ve never seen anything quite like it in Hong Kong.
I posted a few photos from this show previously, here are some more.
Here’s Brandon Delfino:
And some shots of The Bastards (maybe one or two repeats from the previous post).
And here’s a few of the audience shots:
(There’s a much larger gallery of pictures from this night up on Facebook.) Although I was on my feet and shooting for about 7 hours, I honestly enjoyed every minute of this.
If you’d like to hire me to shoot your band or event, just drop an email to spike at spikesphotos dot com.