Chromatic Anthem is a showcase for the music photography of Jacob Drabik. It exists to promote live music in Cincinnati and the surrounding tri-state region. Jacob is a designer and photographer living and working in Cincinnati, OH.


Compare and Contrast

I had the opportunity to shoot two very different shows Wednesday night. My night started with Thriftsore Boratorium at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamliton County’s Main Branch, and ended at the good ol’ Southgate House Revival with Chicago’s Pryo Fighter.

Although Thriftsore Boratorium drew a surprisingly large crowd, they received many confused looks from the Library patrons passing through the lobby. To be honest, with all of the sledgehammers, crowbars, steel springs, tuning forks, and saws, most of the audience seems more curious than entertained, until the ping-pong balls came out. Once the audience became part of the experience, the entire dynamic changed. I think everyone enjoyed themselves in the end.

At the Southgate House Revival there was a different tone. Pyro Fighter had to go on stage to a very light crowd. I imagine they must have been disappointed, but it didn’t show. They looked great, sounded great, and did what they could to keep the energy up. I’m sure that the next time they play the SGHR, they will have the crowd they deserve. Personally, since the band requested that the lights stay so low, it was an incredibly difficult show to shoot, but so what? The music was still great!