The Triumphant Return of Ant House

Live Music, Stories

Last night I was lucky enough to get an invite to the Ant House. A longtime favorite house-show venue. It’s been several months since there has been a show. The stage is down in the basement of a house on a very busy street corner. The basement has really good sound for with a better than average P.A. system. Jordan has also put together a great light setup and I was really impressed that he took care in making sure isolate the amplifiers to their own circuit-breaker. It’s all about putting proper load on the electrical system to keep everything safe. Everybody I talked to was so excited to see a show in the basement of this little house in the Whit.

This seems like the perfect spot for a punk-rock show. It was a great time, I really needed to see a show like this. I can go to every venue in town every night of the week, but there is nothing like a great punk-rock house show. I caught four bands; Brother Husbands, I Want the Knife, Nopes, and The Critical Shakes. When a band plays for an appreciative audience, they tend to play harder!

I was able to get to the house a little early and Jordan gave me a tour. Normally I would not shoot with a flash, but despite all of the colored lights it was still very dark. I grabbed by Speedlite and a remote trigger and found a spot to tuck the flash out of the way. Although I moved the flash to the top of the loud speaker and naturally somebody bumped into and I managed to get it before it hit the floor. I set the flash to 1/64th power setting, so it wasn’t too distracting.

I hope this means Ant house is back!

About Tom Chamberlain

Tom is a photographer, writer, blogger, video maker and all-around content creator. He has a strong passion for live indie music.

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