Everyone is releasing their end of year lists, so here’s one of mine. The best guitar faces of the year. What is a guitar face? Let me explain, you know that moment when the band is on stage, the crowd is overexcited and that song comes on and everyone just feels it? The togetherness, the bond, well if you spend all of your time watching the lead singer going to town you’re missing the real show. The guitarist the one to watch, the faces that appear are innocently purely of someone in the moment, enjoying what they do and not caring about anything else. It’s that magical moment, and no one guitar face is quite like the other. So, enjoy the ones I’ve experienced thus far.
The Maccabees – Janine VanOostrom
The Dirty Nil
The Strumbellas – TURF
Fat White Family @ The Horseshoe Tavern
Spells of Vertigo
The Honest Heart Collective
One photographer and an amazing band. From London, the legendary Maccabees played The Magic Bag in Detroit. Their latest album, Marks to Prove It, released with Communion Music has once again proved that the band is full of extraordinary things.
Paired with the soulful indie-rock of The Maccabees, Gambles opened the show. If you look him up online you’ll find a parade of interviews and an empty Soundcloud account with over 50K followers, but you really have to dig to hear his music. Once you find his charming song Angel on YouTube channel, you’re infused with a dramatic acoustic confession of a songwriter with a great gift.
Enjoy some photos from the show, once again by the ever talented, Janine VanOostrom.