LIVE | February Concerts | Winter 2019

Live music is fascinating - you can listen to a song over and over in its polished, finished form through your headphones or in your car until you know every last note and syllable by heart without thinking about how it actually came to be. Seeing the people who create the songs perform them live explodes them again, turning them over, helping you see that they are not just songs, but stories. They are capsules of life and experience put to music. And although the bands may be touring, playing every song over and over each night in city after city, each performance is unique and can’t be perfectly replicated.

I loved seeing The Band Camino, Colony House, and Switchfoot perform in the DC area this past month. The Band Camino have a nostalgic quality to them, reminding me of music I loved in high school, but with a modern, tight sensibility that still works (“Berenstein” being the iconic example in my mind…plus I LOVE the reference it is based on…also “Who Says We’re Through” and “Daphne Blue” are some of my favorites). Colony House is simply incredible. “When I Was Younger” is my favorite album of the 2010s by a margin. “Caught Me By Surprise” is the best sound since I first fell in love with Coldplay. They’re incredible guys and they truly do (somehow) manage to get better and rock harder each time I see them. And Switchfoot has been ever-present since middle school, with songs from back then actually growing in relevance and my appreciation for them outpacing my sense of nostalgia. Every time I see them I walk away humming one of the best reality-check reminders I’ve heard expressed in song: “But I'm not sentimental / This skin and bones is a rental / And no one makes it out alive / Until I die I'll sing these songs / On the shores of Babylon / Still looking for a home / In a world where I belong.” I’m grateful for the chance to capture some memories of these bands - don’t miss a chance to see them!

All pictures by Karl Magnuson
Canon EOS R
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L, Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L II,
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM