Christian: We've been called a 'garage-pop' band, and 'lo-fi'.... and 'shoegaze'...
Elizabeth: ... and 'punk'...
Christian: Yeah, 'punk'... but I think... I think we're just a rock and roll band... sadly.
Elizabeth: Yeah, a LOUD, NASTY Rock and roll band.
Party Photographers is the chosen band name of Elizabeth Rogers, Christian Nelson, Karlina DeMarco, and Shane Monroe. The foursome, whose individual backgrounds trace back to Kentucky, Southern New Jersey, and Washington State, formed in Philadelphia back in 2009. They practiced in the living room of a trinity situated less than 20 feet from Interstate 95, and, oh yeah... that hottest summer on record, they did so with the doors wide open.
The band played only a handful of Philly DIY show venues before guest curator, Mark Schoneveld of YVYNYL selected them as his third and final band for Shaking Through. "I saw them perform and I was just blown away", says Schoneveld, "especially by Elizabeth the lead singer. I think this was one of their first performances, and she was just absolutely amazing... Like a deer in the headlights, maybe, but just SO powerful."
In the time since, they've toured 8000 miles to play bars, record stores, collectives and basements around the US. They recorded a single and b-side, slated for release in 2011, and are planning a limited cassette featuring "21" and all their releases to date, for late winter.
Want to know why Party Photographers are so loud? It might have something to do with their practice space. In a living room 20 feet from Interstate 95.
Based out of Philadelphia, Party Photographers talk about how the city has influenced them and what the scene is like
Producer Brian McTear talking about how he approached lead singer Elizabeth's vocals.
Drummer Carlina's unique style presented an unusual challenge. See how they tackled it.