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Photos: Dillinger Escape Plan @ Pop’s

The Dillinger Escape Plan performing at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

The Dillinger Escape Plan are one of my favorite bands to photograph. Show after show, they prove themselves on the stage as one of the best live acts on the planet. And not through an elaborate stage production, but seemingly through a force of will to pretty much annihilate themselves on stage every single night.

I’m a little surprised that the band aren’t in full body casts after their relentless touring schedule, but that fact is probably just another testament to the group’s commitment to deliver 100% for their fans. These guys are pros.

At any given moment, someone’s climbing a speaker stack, jumping off a wedge, or kicking something over. By the end of the show, all three happening at once is almost guaranteed.

Hit the jump for photos of one of the most physically and sonically brutal shows around: the Dillinger Escape Plan.

The Dillinger Escape Plan performing at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung) The Dillinger Escape Plan performing at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung) The Dillinger Escape Plan performing at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung) The Dillinger Escape Plan performing at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung) The Dillinger Escape Plan performing at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung) The Dillinger Escape Plan performing at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung) The Dillinger Escape Plan performing at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung) The Dillinger Escape Plan performing at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung) The Dillinger Escape Plan performing at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung) The Dillinger Escape Plan performing at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung) The Dillinger Escape Plan performing at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung) The Dillinger Escape Plan performing at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung) The Dillinger Escape Plan performing at Pop's in Sauget, Illinois on November 13, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

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I love photographing the Dillinger Escape Plan. There is never a single dull moment in their show – the only problem is that all the awesome stuff usually happens in some hazy nightmare world, halfway between relentless strobe lights and complete darkness. This show was a little different.

While there were still plenty of short-duration lighting effects, but the light for Dillinger on this tour didn’t feel quite so crazy.

Still, photographing these guys is probably the closest thing I can imagine to being a war photographer without actually having to dodge bullets. Spin kicks and guitar necks, maybe, but not bullets.

Big thanks to Jessica and all the guys of Dillinger. Next stop: Terminal 5, NYC.

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  1. David

    I’ve shot them in Philadelphia a few months back, and got my ass handed to me. I probably took 400 photos and walked away with 20 good ones. Once again, you killed it Todd. Congrats.

    • Todd

      Hey David,

      I know exactly what you mean. If DEP were using their usual strobe lighting, then I can imagine exactly what it was like. In fact, I’ve definitely been there.

      Still, for as difficult as these guys are to shoot, that’s what makes it all the better when you do nail a shot. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Kevin deLeon

    Great shots as usual Todd. Good to see that maybe they are getting away from the insane “strobe all the time” mentality. But who knows what the next tour will bring from those guys!

    • Todd

      Hey Kevin,

      DEP still have crazy lights, but it sure beats the last couple times I’ve seen them when strobe lights and the uplights in the small risers were all that lit the stage. I can’t say the strobes don’t fit the music, though!

  3. Rawb S.

    Awesome shots, Todd! Just wondering… if they had used strobes, or for any other band that does, how do you work to get the good shots? Do you just shoot A LOT of frames and hope you catch something good? Thanks!


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