End Over End was one of the first original alternative rock bands that could draw a crowd at Theatre Gallery in the early days of the scene. They were a local favorite in the underground music scene and nice, interesting guys. This portrait was taken in a river bottom with b&w film and was used for their publicity photo. The band was David Mabry, Tech Coxe, and Kevin Moore.
We went to a tire shop to shoot this photo for a Buddy Magazine cover. I have always loved working with these guys and have some solid portraits to show for it. They are one of the hardest working bands in the world. They tour all over most every year and always sound great. Jim Heath is one awesome guitar player and performer as is the band. Go see them.
Tripping Daisy was a great band! They wrote great songs and their live performances were over the top visually and sonically even from their earliest days. They were fun to hang out with and nice guys. They recorded their debut record on local label Dragon Street Records. Tim DeLaughter now has a band called Polyphonic Spree.
This portrait was taken with a 15mm fisheye lens in the studio. The wolf was put on Tim DeLaughter’s chest with a grease pencil by Mark Pirro.
Band members left to right are Wes Berggren, Bryan Wakeland, Tim DeLaughter, and Mark Pirro.
Hagfish was a high energy punk band that put on great live performances and a loyal following. This portrait was taken for a Buddy Magazine cover and feature. The image was shot on B&W film on a white background wearing their distinctive suits. We did a secret agent theme on the singles of each band member. They were a blast to work with and George went streaking thru the studio for a laugh. Fun guys! Band members left to right are Zach Blair, Tony Barsotti, George Reagan, and Doni Blair.
DDT was Jeffery Liles Hip Hop band. Jeff is known as one of the driving forces that started the Deep Ellum scene in the 1980′s. He booked the bands that played the Theatre Gallery and later the Prophet Bar. He books the Kessler Theatre in Oak Cliff and brings some of best talent in every week. Jeff is a visionary music pioneer in Dallas for performing, song writing, promoting and discovering talent. He has been a mentor and encouraged countless artists in music, spoken word, and the visual arts.
Killbilly was a great bunch of guys who mixed Bluegrass and Punk Rock into a roaring good time. This portrait was taken on the corner of Elm and Crowdus in the mid 1980′s. The band played on the street while I shot them from a ladder. I call this guerilla location shooting and since there was never much of a budget this became a common technique of mine. The shoots have an extra edge to them when the location is scary or dangerous. These were underground alternative rock bands to a large degree and it was appropriate to capture the energy of the time and place.
Stephen Trued on banjo, Mike Goodsell on drums, Craig Taylor in the front, Alan Wooley with the hat, Mark Rubin on bass and Harris Kirby on guitar.
This Loco Gringos portrait was shot for the “Dude You Rock” compilation record on XXX. The band members left to right are Grant Sheffield (Pancho), Mark (Crash), Don Foote (Pablo), and Tom Foote (Pepe) . James Bland Photograph taken 1989.