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Sylvan Esso at the Commodore Ballroom

Sylvan Esso at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Aug 15 2017. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Sylvan Esso at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Aug 15 2017. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Photos – Sylvan Esso at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Aug 15 2017

– photos by Kirk Chantraine

Sylvan Esso at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Tuesday night. The show was sold-out. The duo is on tour for their second album, What Now. It follows their hugely successful 2014 self-titled debut.

Vocalist Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn formed the band in Durham, North Carolina in 2013.

When asked about the pressure of following up a well-received debut, Sanborn told the Vancouver Sun: “That’s the interesting thing. One half of you is like, Oh shit, we have to do a follow-up. And the other half is, Awesome, we get to do a follow-up. There are these two halves of yourself arguing with each other; one part is telling you it’s fantastic, it’s all you ever wanted to do. The other half is saying that was a fluke, you’re worthless any anxiety-ridden thing your mind would tell you in the middle of the night. We were trying to figure out a way to keep this going and honour the trust our fans had placed in us.”

In the spring, they also released several videos of a full-band performance of several songs from the new album. The called these videos the Echo Mountain Sessions Visual EP. (The EP was named after the North Carolina studio where the group played the sessions.) The band included close friends and collaborators, including members of Mountain Man, Wye Oak, The Dead Tongues, The Mountain Goats and Megafaun.

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Kirk Chantraine

About Kirk Chantraine

Kirk Chantraine is a Canadian photographer and software developer currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He graduated from Vancouver Film School for 3D Animation in 2004 and has been working in the Visual Effects industry ever since with companies such as Electronic Arts and Disney. Over the last few years Kirk has exhibited his photographic works in San Francisco and Vancouver. A music aficionado and vinyl junkie, Kirk shoots live music and performance at an inhuman pace across North America for The Snipe News , along with landscape and portraiture. If you're buying: gin-and-tonics. He is @kchantraine on Twitter.
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