by Dan Bolles
Hey there, Solid State.
Believe it or not, but 7D turns 15 years-old this week. So in honor of that momentous milestone, I'm digging into the vault to find interesting (and potentially embarrassing) music-related mementos involving local bands who were active circa 1995.
Today's find: press photos. Like, actual, physical photos emblazoned with contact info that were gathering dust an old filing cabinet here in the office. As my boss mentioned while we were digging through them earlier, the idea of hard copy press pics feels so quaint compared to the .jpeg and .tif files we rely on now. But back in my day that's how we did it, and that's how we liked it, dangnabbit! Ahem.
But something else struck me about these pics too. Maybe it's just that 7D photog Matt Thorsen took most of them, but they are generally far more interesting and artfully composed than the bulk of the press pics I see on a daily basis, most of which are of the garden variety band-on-a-wall/bridge/tree/field/etc. Perhaps when you don't have the luxury of disposable digital files, you're less complacent about the pics you do take?
In any event, here is a sampling. I'm guessing they'll inspire some fond memories for many of you, as they certainly did me. Tune in later this week when we raid Bradley's Almanac for some Club Fub classics.