Titus Andronicus, led by guitarist and vocalist Patrick Stickles, released "A Productive Cough" on March 2nd, 2018, and it represented a shift in the band's sound. Stickles surrounded himself with over 20 musicians to produce a rousing album that's quite unlike the rest of the band's output. While the new album has a big and involved sound, Titus Andronicus came to Saturn Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama on April 10th with a very subdued and minimalist approach. It was just Stickles, a keyboardist, and, oh yeah, a giant parachute.
This particular concert was performed under a lighted parachute to produce an intimate yet visually rich musical experience for the audience and this concert photographer. I've photographed a couple of parachute shows at Saturn in the past, and they all have been tricky to shoot. This one was no exception, but I'm happy with what I was able to produce, especially compared to a traditional on stage performance. Titus Andronicus really translated well to this setting, and I feel the performance was enhanced because of it. If you have not seen a parachute show at Saturn, do check it out when the next one comes up on the venue's calendar.
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