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X Ambassadors + Parade of Lights | The Reason Tour | CT + NY

X Ambassadors and Parade of Lights were on tour recently and when I went to photograph them, I didn’t know their performances would shake me to my core. I had the great opportunity to photograph both bands at The Space in Hamden, CT and at The Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY.

I first saw Parade of Lights at SXSW in Austin, TX. I had such a fantastic time photographing them at the renowned music festival. Combining their sound with X Ambassadors was the perfect mix of alt-electro and alt-rock. Both bands have high energy throughout their sets and really know how to get a crowd pumped up. Parade of Light’s EP “Golden” is taking off fast and rightly so! It’s become so difficult not to dance while photographing these guys. I just can’t help it!

Shooting for X Ambassadors was an amazing experience. Having listened to their EP “The Reason” on Spotify before attending the show, I knew X Ambassadors were going to deliver a killer evening. I didn’t know just how engulfed in their music I would become. Listening to their music online is fantastic, but in person - watching them give it all up on stage, seeing the raw passion for their music.. It’s something entirely different and soul rocking. “The Business” is one of my favorite songs ever.

Discovering new bands and photographing them live has become my passion and obsession. I am never not thinking about who’s music will blow my mind next!

I’ve posted their EPs below so you can check them out. Listen to them. Fall in love. Thank me later.

xx Sam