When I heard that the mighty and legendary Neurosis were making their way to Brooklyn this summer, my heart skipped a beat at the thought of being able to film them. The venue they were originally slated to play solely in however, Warsaw, is not particularly video-friendly, at least compared to Saint Vitus, which has cultivated a genuine community of concert videographers like myself who have been doing this far longer than I have. My heart skipped a beat again then when I heard rumors of the band adding a second show at Vitus, and lo’ and behold, those rumors turned out to be true. On August 10th, the veteran progressive sludge/post-metal enclave appeared for possibly the most packed show I’ve ever seen at the venue. There was hardly an inch of free standing room, and I had to get creative and adaptive with my camera placement just in order to make it work. Neurosis also had along with them one of their openers from the rest of the tour, Aaron Turner’s (ISIS) crushing Sumac, whose debut album you really need to listen to if you haven’t already. Watch complete full sets of both of these stellar bands after the jump!
0:00 – “Thorn in the Lion’s Paw”
7:51 – “Hollow King”
21:14 – “Blight’s End Angel”
31:50 – “The Deal”
0:00 – “Through Silver in Blood”
14:53 – “The Doorway”
24:48 – “Times of Grace”
34:24 – “The Tide”
45:55 – “My Heart for Deliverance”
57:36 – “At the Well”
1:09:38 – “Locust Star”
1:17:37 – “Stones From the Sky”
A couple of notes about both of these. The place was so packed that night (and tensions were high among house staff because of it) that I was pretty limited in what I could do with my cameras. Sadly because of that I had to nix using my GoPros for the evening, the first time I’ve filmed a concert for here without any in over a year. Fortunately for Neurosis I was able to add a third angle thanks to one of my fellow videographers. If you follow concert videography in NYC you probably already know Unartig, and if you don’t, you need to follow him immediately because he’s been documenting much of the best music this city has to offer for years (and has been nothing but kind and supportive to yours truly, even when I was just starting this and had relatively little idea of what I was doing). He very graciously supplied me with his footage from the set, and let me tell you, it makes a world of difference.
Another important note. I shared this on our Facebook page the day it occurred, but we recently crossed 100k views on our Youtube channel! This is a huge milestone for us, and it’s certainly not one I at all anticipated hitting this soon after launching this concert series only a year and a half ago. Thank you so much to all of you who have watched our videos, shared them with your friends, and have subscribed to our channel. Also, huge thanks and love to all the bands and artists who have been a part of this and have offered positive suport at our wanting to do this. I love filming and editing these when I can, and I hope to continue supplying you all with my version of documentation of these incredible artists for a long time to come.