Dredg at the Troubadour

Gavin of Dredg performing at the Troubadour

Gavin of Dredg performing at the Troubadour

Let’s get the bad out of the way. This show was yet another poorly lit, frustrating experience. The few moments that utilized the lights to create an interesting atmosphere in which to see the band was just barely bright enough to notice it happening.

It baffles me how lighting could go to the sidelines in terms of expressing one’s music. It is such an easy tool to utilize in order to increase the way and richness those in the audience can connect to the music.

I did what I could in a horrible situation for photography.

With that said, the show was amazing. Dredg is always a treat to see live. They do a great job with letting it all flow out naturally.

Gavin of Dredg performing at the Troubadour

Gavin of Dredg performing at the Troubadour

Gavin is a great front man. His stage presence is reminiscent of Jim Morrison to me. He has this fun swagger about him. His voice is unique and he has great technique with singing powerfully and in control.

Compared to the few outings I caught while they were still writing the new songs that require Gavin to play guitar, he looks a lot more natural up there with one in his hands.

He has never looked out of place playing on his slide guitar which rests on the table in front of him. It did at one point seem as though being strapped to a guitar was a whole new world to him. haha.

Not now. Now, he has that same swagger on guitar as he does the rest of the time without it. It’s quite fun to watch.

Dino of Dredg performing at the Troubadour

Dino of Dredg performing at the Troubadour

Dino is the most calculated person I think I have ever seen play. At times it is hard to not think of him as a robot. If you couldn’t happen to look into his eyes while he played I think you would believe he actually is a robot. The guy hits crazy hard and knows how to lead the rest of the band through dynamic build ups through out their set.

Mark of Dredg performing at the Troubadour

Mark of Dredg performing at the Troubadour

Mark’s guitar playing is probably the most easily recognized element in the music that notifies the listener they are hearing a dredg song. Until this show I was struggling with pinpointing just how far and away the batch of songs on their newest album have come from the last album.

Seeing them live and being able to fully focus on Mark made it apparent that distance is not far at all. His style has not changed although the influences for the music has.

Drew of Dredg performing at the Troubadour

Drew of Dredg performing at the Troubadour

Drew is definitely the ambassador of dredg. He is the guy that is always a beacon of fun. No matter how serious he can look, there are always moments of charm as he finds someone to quickly interact with in the crowd.

It was interesting seeing the addition of a synth in front of Drew.

A lot of times when you see a band member abandon their analog (well, analog enough) instrument for a synth it gets a little nerve racking. I mean, “keyboards have no soul!” Or, at least that is what I have read on numerous bumper stickers. haha.

The way Drew writes and plays quickly disproves that. It is a welcome addition to the soundscape that dredg creates.

Judgement Day on stage with Dredg performing at the Troubadour

Judgement Day on stage with Dredg performing at the Troubadour

The show was amazing. A lot of energy. A lot of heart and/or soul (haha). A lot of great songs. A lot of surprises too. With dredg that means guest appearances by friends. This night it was Judgement Day joining the band on stage to provide strings to a good grip of songs.

Well. That about sums it up.

Check Dredg out!

Enjoy the photos. I hope. ^_-

p.s. Gonna add this video of them at Coachella last year playing “Saviour” off their new CD to help give you all an idea of how great these guys are.

Goodness. <3

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  1. Jason Wins May 24, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    Man, great pictures, and a really decent review of one of my all time favorite bands..
    I’m dying to hear new things from them, and eventually to see them live, before it’s too late..
    Glad I came across your site..
    Keep up the great work, all of your pics and reviews are top notch..

    • ifreezetime May 24, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

      Thank you. I really appreciate that. Especially, the part about the reviews. I’m no writer so, I’m glad to hear my writing doesn’t suck to the point that it is pointless to include with the photos. =)

  2. Shalom May 24, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    Awesome shots, man. My brother told me about your site (he stood next to you for part of the concert when you were by the front of the stage on Mark’s side) and I’m glad that someone was able to get some pro-quality pictures from the show. And like the previous comment mentioned, great recap of the show as well. Dredg always puts on a fantastic show, and after hearing their new songs at the Troubadour, I’m confident that the new album will be able to stand up to the previous three. I agree that the lighting was definitely underutilized for the show, but you ended up with some great photographs in spite of non-ideal lighting.

    Keep up the great work!

    • ifreezetime May 24, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

      OoOOo, more great stuff! haha. I’m pretty hard on my work. Thanks helping chill my mind out about what I ended up with. =P

      June 9th will be a good day when we can go pick it up. Hopefully, the release date is still the 9th. A lot of albums I’m looking forward to keep getting pushed back!

      Tell your brother thanks for sharing word about my site. =) Thanks for the comment!

  3. zephyrus May 25, 2009 at 12:45 am #

    Not all synthesizers are digital! Drew is actually playing a Moog Little Phatty, which is a monophonic analog synth. :)

    • ifreezetime May 25, 2009 at 12:51 am #

      !!! I stand corrected!


  4. Shalom May 25, 2009 at 10:24 pm #

    No problem, man. And yeah, your work is definitely good. After checking out your Dredg pics, I looked through your archives. All really great work. If I see you at any future shows, you’ll have to forgive me for bugging you for pointers, heh.

    And June 9th can’t come soon enough. Luckily a lot of great releases are out soon. Are you into Grizzly Bear? Their album is getting tons of buzz for album of the year already. I’ve had it downloaded since early March, but I’ve had to hold off on listening because I wanted to experience that feeling when you pop the cd into your stereo for the first time and let the music wash over you. The wait is almost over!

    Anyway, thanks again for the great shots. Looking forward to your future work/reviews.

  5. m0use May 29, 2009 at 2:11 am #

    Hey Gary, I got linked from your profile at Far’s website. I was surprised to come here and find photos of dredg. These are wonderful photos of the band. Concert photography is all about spontaneity, don’t beat yourself on lighting. Did you get a photo pass and what gear were you using?

    Can’t wait to see them again in Seattle in August. What did you think of Torche? O_O

    Good luck with your endeavours. You seem very passionate of what you do.

    • ifreezetime June 2, 2009 at 11:15 am #

      haha, that’s awesome. I love hearing about people randomly finding their way to my projects =)

      Thanks for the kind words. =)

      Torche was ok. Mainly due to the singer’s vocals being completely drowned out by the music. I couldn’t hear him for a single song. I attempted to yell to him to turn his mic up but….that was a failed attempt. haha.

      The music was fun though.

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