Through The Lens : As It Is ‘ special night in LA

As It Is at Chain Reaction, Los Angeles © Gaëlle Petrel //
As It Is at Chain Reaction, Los Angeles © Gaëlle Pitrel //
“This show was my first night ever at the infamous Chain Reaction. This all-ages venue has been home to so many californian kids for the last 20 years but we european mostly know it through videos and photos of epic gigs played there. Now, what could be better than a pop punk show as a first experience of this place?”

Specifically, As It Is‘ first headline show in the US, playing their whole discography after sweaty performances by Heroes Make Villains, Crooked Teeth and Forever Came Calling. As expected, this wasn’t an easy shoot, with tricky lights and a very packed pit. But we all know the hardest thing to shoot is a show that lacks emotion, and that definitely was not the case that night. It was all about trying to find a spot among the enthusiastic fans and feeding myself with their passion and singalongs. I hope these photos translate the rush of another hot-as-heck set of your favorite californian heroes as well as the excitement of welcoming an up-and-coming british band you adore to your home.
Words and Photos : Gaëlle Pitrel

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