Half Alive packs the Culture Room

The entire venue turned dark. Not a light anywhere, even the empty bars are dark. With the darkness came roars of approval from the largely teenage crowd, and then the opening chords of ok ok?, the smash hit from the Long Beach indie-pop band Half*Alive. With only a single hand-held spotlight to light their faces the trio played their way through a highly choreographed set of danceable yet abstract tunes, mostly from the recent release Now, Not Yet and a pair coming from the 2017 EP 3

The interesting choice of choreography, a mix of ’80’s popping and locking blended with Talking Heads era David Byrne was omnipresent all night as the crowd imitated every move of their idols. The music itself a sort of mashup of pop with quasi-religious overtones, or as lead singer Josh Taylor calls it, “the sweet spot between a strict and relatable”. Well said Josh. 

This is a band and a show with no discernable musical influences yet many at the same time. Is that Chance The Rapper I hear there, no, maybe Susan Stevens? And the name, well that’s a reference to Freud. Confused, don’t be. Stand back and enjoy this riveting live show the next time they come to town. Just don’t try to explain it to anyone. 

The opening act for the evening’s festivities was South Florida locals, The Polar Boys, bringing their take on retro surf-rock to the party.

​Geoff Clowes is a South Florida-based live music photographer. He’s shot hundreds of bands over the years in three countries in venues giant and intimate; “but it’s always the local shows in the small venues that I look forward to shooting the most.”

“Music photography allows me to indulge my passion for music, photography, and travel at the same time. I am truly blessed to be able to photograph the bands whose posters once adorned the walls of my childhood bedroom while also getting a pit view of the newest up and coming acts. None of this would be possible without the support of editors that believe in my art and an understanding family.”

Geoff brings with him a wealth of experience and a poignant black-and-white style that strikingly captures the passionate spirit of the artists he’s shooting.

Follow him on social media and his website, Sage and Spirit Photography.

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