Canadian Music Week – Liserstille @ Rancho Relaxo – May 9, 2014 & Portrait Session

Liserstille are a four-piece progressive rock band from Aarhus, Denmark.

The members are:

Martin Byrialsen – Vocal/Keys
Tue Schmidt Rasmussen – Guitars
Asbjørn Helboe – Bass
Jon Gotlev – Drums

They were recently in town for Canadian Music Week, in which they played two shows – one at Cherry Cola’s Rock ‘n’ Rolla Cabaret & Lounge on Thursday, May 8, and one at Rancho Relaxo on Friday, May 9, which is the show I photographed.

The funny thing is that I first heard about the band just a few hours before their gig at Rancho Relaxo. I was in another bar when a total stranger came up to me and handed me a postcard-sized advert for Liserstille. He urged me to go and see this band’s midnight performance. Well, whoever that guy was, he knew what he was talking about because I went to the show and it was well worth it. Here are the pictures:

ISO 3200 | f2.8 | 1/125

ISO 3200 | f2.8 | 1/125

ISO 3200 | f2.8 | 1/125

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ISO 3200 | f2.8 | 1/125

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ISO 3200 | f2.8 | 1/160

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ISO 3200 | f2.8 | 1/160

The next day, I decided to take a chance and contact the band to see if they’d be available to do a portrait session. They replied and told me they’d be returning to Denmark on Sunday afternoon, but that they could make some time before they were to leave for the airport. I met them downtown at the house they were renting at 1:30pm on Sunday. I didn’t have much time to plan, other than showing up about 20 minutes early to scout the area. We got the introductions out of the way and I started off by taking a few candid shots of them. We then moved to the nearby main intersection and did a handful of mini-location changes until I got the shots I wanted.

ISO 800 | f3.5 | 1/800

ISO 800 | f4.5 | 1/640

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ISO 800 | f4.5 | 1/400

Website: www.liserstille.com

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

In total, we spent about 30 minutes together. This was my first band portrait shoot in over a year, but I’m happy with how it turned out. Thanks again to the guys in Liserstille!

Check out the video for their song, “Lyncher’s Aim”. This will blow your mind: