Hey you rockers out there go and check out @bsidehnl page and go to his website and watch the full interview that he did called ' Underexposed: Photographers of the Honolulu Underground ' Pt. 1. Myself and @timbretantrums talk about the island scene, inspirations, and our passion and experiences behind the camera. Live footage is from B-side himself. He did a great job, and if you think so to, go and tell him!!!...I filmed this right before I left and to be honest, I feel kind of homesick. I miss the Honolulu music scene and all your faces.....but I'm out here in the bay area pushing myself and my photography representing Hawaii the best I can. Till next time rockers, especially my Honolulu rockers💋
This weekend I went to two hardcore rock shows. I’ve gone to many, taken photos, enjoyed myself but I am more of a punk rock girl. What I like about these shows is the energy. There’s a rawness with every primal scream through the mic, every amp is tested to their breaking point, and the crowd can unleash from the rat race of life. California’s hardcore band, Xibalbaca came down to rock the islands. These guys rocked it hard, you can tell they can rev up and control a room. Plus the members I introduced myself to were really nice, down to chat guys that love the music. Hawaii’s premier hardcore bands: Soon, Oceans Deep, Lice, Shipwrecks, Out of Bounds, and Siblings opened up for them for the two nights. Each band showed the passion they have through every mic and amp they had and I wouldn’t expect any less of they energy they gave. I do have to say the first show on Friday night at Anna O’Brien’s classic venue started great. People were pumped, they wanted hard music and fun times but sometimes a few can mess it up for everyone. When I go to these type of shows I know what I’m in for and position myself to get the shots I want but this night got unsafe for others because of a few decided to take it to far. I got a little cut and bruised but it’s not like that hasn’t happened before, that’s a rock show. Some others weren’t so lucky and one girl needed a ambulance. I’m a firm believer and practice pit etiquette so as crazy as things get it can still be as safe as possible. So on the second night at Down Beat Lounge which is a much smaller club than the other, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen but people stepped up, bands and crowd alike. Their was a real since of community being shown and it made me personally proud of the Hawaii music scene. People still got to mosh, throw their fist, and express themselves as the bands pumped all they had through the monitors .It didn’t feel unsafe. There wasn’t a since of isolation or being lost in the crowd. Everyone was having fun, rocking out, and taking care of each other.
Many people forget Hawaii is part of the United States and when they think of the music we have here, it’s Elvis and Don Ho in the sixty’s. We have so much more to offer than the slack key of our past (even though it is beautiful and does go with Mai Tai in the tiki glass). The first is from a hardcore rock band Oceans Deep. December 1st their second album Reckoning came out with a bang at Down Beat lounge in Chinatown Honolulu. I was asked to go down to take photos for this occasion. Pushing myself to the front, I planted my feet firm on the ground and kept my elbow out to keep back the madness their music invoked in the crowd. With strong heavy rock riffs, loud beating of the drums and a low bass line tying the two together as the fans started to get pumped up. When the vocals came in, people rushed together as their strong in your face lyrics and growls hit them . This is not the type of music for easy listening, I’m gonna curl up with a book and have a quiet night in. This album will wake you up, get up going and if you’re a softy, kick you in the ass. The second album comes from a band that has been rocking the islands for many years and has featured a lot of artists in their line up throughout that time. If you’ve lived on the island of Oahu and don’t know who Black Square is then you really need to get out more. ‘To The Hills’ is the fifth album of one of the premier ska bands here and being a fan from the start, in my option it’s the most emotionally charged albums yet. Lead singer Josh 86, puts his heart very bare in each song. They have an Operation Ivy inspiration with their punk like attitude, horns section blazing, get on our feet and dance music but these locals make it their own with a touch of a easy going vibe Hawaii instills in you when you grow up here. The lyrics in each of these songs show a maturity I haven’t heard as much in their songs before. While listening you can hear of the trouble times, heart break, and having to deal with big life changes but also with each of those stories, it’s told on how one perseveres, accepts, and faces those challenges all with the upbeat ska tempo. There’s a real sense of family and friendship throughout the whole album that makes you want to be a part of it, even if the only way you can is to just dance to it. Also these guys will be going on a west coast tour in January 2019 with the amazingly fun, Larry and His Flask. You mainland people will be missing out if you don’t go out see them live. The third album and band is The Quintessentials, oh where to start with these guys. First off I love horror punk rock and the MAN in the band is Rev. Les Hernandez. ‘The Satanic Rites of The Quintessentials’ is the sixth and I’m very sad to say most likely the final due to the dark lord calling brother Les to his council. Les has been a pillar in the rock community both on the islands and the west coast for many many years. I was actually very honored to be asked to sing some back up vocals on this album and I will cherish the short time I had jumping into the studio with him. When I meet up with him at the studio that day, we got to talking a bit and he was saying about how much he has worked to make this the perfect record to leave off on and it shows. I may be bias but I don’t care, this is the top record for me of 2018. It’s dark horror punk that delivers with sick guitar riffs, strong vocals, a drum line that will make any demon crack their whip against your flesh in unison to it. Overall whats gets me is that it’s fun. I want to go jump in my car, crank this up, sing along and give the finger to all those button down conformist zombies. It makes me feel like a punky teenager offending the geezers by my shear presents again, and now that i’m in my thirties I welcome that feeling. So thank you The Quintessentials and especially Hawaii’s own man in black, Rev. Les Hernandez for rocking til the end. All of these albums are on sale at:
Ocean Deep ‘Reckoning’ is available on Amazon, ITunes, Spotify
Black Square ‘To The Hills’ is available on Amazon, Pandora, ITunes, and Spotify
(Also go to theirs or Larry and His Flask social media pages for tour details)
The Quintessentials ‘The Satanic Rites of The Quintessentials’ is available on BC Bandcamp, CD Baby, ITunes and Spotify. You can also go to www.808shows.storeenvy.com (They have vinyl!!!!!)
So I decided that I will be moving to the Bay Area. Oahu will always be my home but as time gone on it is time to start a new adventure. There is so any great people here I will miss but that just means I will come back to visit at some point. Before I go after the New Year I will be putting out a photo zine of my art work that captures some of the many great times I’ve had here. Stay tuned for the post of when everything is happening.
It’s almost time for the best holiday of the year, Halloween! I know the big block party in Honolulu happened this last Saturday because this holiday lands right in the week but I know you diehards will come to this event. Next Door in Chinatown will be having a special masquerade event hosted by the one and only Miss Savvy and DJ Missy Black. I will be there with camera in hand. Hope to see you there you Honolulu weirdos.
At the beginning of this month I decided to show some of my other talents then my photography. During this months First Friday Art Walk at Next Door in Chinatown, I showed two painting I’ve done. I used to do so many different art medias when was younger. Even though photographer is my first love. I really love to intermingle photography and painting, which is in the works but I need time before a public showing. I have also started to take a bit more of the burlesque scene in Honolulu. There was a small performance on the streets of Chinatown that Friday and there was a show at the local watering hole, Anna’s O'Briens, that happen every first Saturday of the month. I’ve included some photos of those nights. I have been working with one of the women to start a better relationship with their troupe.
It’s always hard to start the first of anything, so I’ve kept pushing back starting this blog for a couple of months. I did just get back a few days ago from visiting California and I have so many photos to share. Got to see The Zombies, which for celebrating 50 years since they first got on the music scene they sounded great and the keyboard solos were amazing. I also went and saw the punk band, The Distillers in Oakland on their first west coast tour since getting back together.
I also got to experience some of the community fairs that Oakland, Lafayette and a dog expo in Pleasant. Sometimes I forget about all the activities that the mainland has to offer. It’s not that Hawaii doesn’t have fairs but the amount that California has, filled up my plate quite quickly.
Here are some photos of each of those events along with some everyday life and architecture from my travels. Enjoy.