Billy Talent I came out in 2003, which is crazy to think about for me. In 2003 I was 12, my parents had just split up, and my dad and I had just moved into this little apartment in St. Catharines. I was on the brink of teenage angst and overflowing with bitterness, confusion, and was in desperate need of something to believe in. It's amazing to me to think of the ways music is such an important part of our teenage years, the way we hold onto it with dear life to help us make sense of the weird phase we are dealing with.
I can vividly remember sitting on a futon in my bedroom, blaring this album during the summer when no one was home (my neighbours hated me, no doubt). I loved this album, I couldn't make sense of why, but that album was the best. Closing in on 26, I can hear an album and dissect elements to why I really vibe with it (or don't) but at 12, I just knew it sounded like the confusion of my insides and that was good enough for me.
Fast forward 14 years, and I'm standing in the photo pit at Tim Horton's field and Billy Talent comes on stage - I'd be lying if I said I wasn't completely fan-girling. However, on a completely different level, having the opportunity to photograph Billy Talent, a band I idolized as a kid, was a testament to how far I've managed to come. I think all creatives put a lot of stress on ourselves to succeed in our craft, whatever that means. Angry, 12 year old Ashley never thought that she'd be doing cool things like photographing some of her favourite bands, and doing it pretty well at that. I think it's important to relish in those moments, because we've come a long way, baby.
FEATURED - Rules // Teenage Head // Danko Jones // Billy Talent
These are some of my favourite guys, hands down. I'm totally biased, being that I've been friends with them for years, but they are truly a great group of musicians. The Dreamboats are a band that hails from Mississauga and plays 50s/60s rock and roll. Starting out as a cover band, they do bar nights chock full of 50s/60s covers that brings everyone onto the dance floor to twist. They write and play their own retro-style original tunes as well.
I got a chance to shoot their recent show at The Cameron House in Toronto before they jetted off to Europe for a tour. The guys were on fire this night, and I was 100% covered in sweat (both mine and other people's...) by the 2am mark when the music finally stopped. 10/10 I recommend getting to see these lads if you get the chance!