Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Photo: Dirty Looks In The Basement

I've been in Erie for a year and a half and I just found out that Henrik Ostergaard lives here and is reforming Dirty Looks with local musicians. I'm not clear on the details, but I think he's been here a while.

Dirty Looks released Superdeluxe in March and it sounds like the best from Cool From the Wire, Turn of the Screw and Five Easy Pieces, which were released in the late 80s and early 90s. Check out Oh Ruby on YouTube if you need a hair band flashback. They did it good.

Anyway, they're playing the Warner Theatre in Erie on 10/5. My newspaper is promoting the show in our Thursday weekend section. Of course, I HAD to take this assignment, which was to shoot the rehearsal at Henrik's house tonight. It's strange to see Ostergaard with no hair, rocking out in front of his washing machine.

I brought my six-year-old son, Grayson, to the rehearsal. He's obsessed with Star Wars, trash cans (don't ask), trains (as you may already know or soon find out) and rocking out to my iPod's Rock Mix. I thought he'd get a kick out of seeing in the flesh one of the bands he likes. I plugged his ears and he stood there, mesmerized as these guys lit it up.

As soon as we came home, he insisted on putting on a concert for us in his bedroom with his bongo drums and his death-metal lyrics that he's (unfortunately) adapted in his own six-year-old way from my Metallica selections. His mother is thrilled.

I would have shot something of Grayson with Henrik, but although he was cordial and helpful, Henrik wasn't chatty and the whole band seemed to want me to get done ASAP. And this was a tough shoot in a tiny basement room with all five musicians nowhere near each other. I'm glad I brought my lights and my 14mm lens. Henrik concluded the shoot by saying they all wanted to watch the Steelers/Ravens on MNF. So I didn't ask for an autograph...

Enjoy. 9/29/08.



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