Badflower ignited the stage on March 20, 2019, at the House of Blues in Houston. They’re on the road opening up for Nothing More on their “The Truth Tour”. Badflower gives an extremely energetic and raw performance. Their set started with the chaotic single, “xANAx.”It then spills into their explosive song “Drop Dead”, from their EP Temper. If the crowd wasn’t paying attention at first, they definitely were now. Bassist, Alex Espiritu, grooves along to the beat. He was hyping up the crowd with a huge infectious smile on his face for the whole set. They only played a few songs from the EP such as “White Noise”. Asking the crowd to keep an open mind, the band went into a song from their debut album OK, I’m Sick, “Die”. The crowd reacted with middle fingers waving in the air and sang along to the rage-fueled lyrics.
The mood shifts to mellow for a brief moment as “Heroin” begins. That is until Josh Katz shouts into the mic: “and I can’t let her go”. The crowd shouts out the words in unison and the building erupts with sound and applause. They effortlessly transition to their most popular song “Ghost” which got the whole audience singing. The set ended with the bass-heavy and ever so groovy, “Animal,” a great way to end an overall sick show. Whoever didn’t know Badflower that night definitely left with a great first impression of them.
My First Time in the Photo Pit
I was privileged enough to get a photo pass and take photos of them and it was the first time I have ever taken photos at a concert. You can usually find me at a local show with a camera strapped to my hand, but this was a completely different experience. I couldn’t be happier that Badflower was the first signed band I got to photograph. I was nervous, stressed and excited, all rolled into one. Being my first show, I knew it would be a challenge. It was my first time dealing with changing lighting conditions and I had to really test the limits of my camera.
My first time in the photo pit was a lot of fun getting to watch all the other photographers around me. My photos turned out okay for the most part but it was difficult to get photos of the drummer and lead guitarist. That explains why my photos are very Josh and Alex centered. But it was a great learning experience and I can’t wait to take more photos in the pit soon. I have a lot to learn and I’m grateful I got to test my skills for the first time with Badflower.