The Vaccines, MIA, Warpaint: Bands Photographed Before And After Big Gigs

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Photographer Tom Oldham has been shooting musicians before they go on stage and after for a Warchild project called ON/OFF. It’s a lovely concept and you can see some of them exclusively on NME.com, starting with The Vaccines looking all nervous and fresh-faced before….

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Warpaint, Barfly, Camden, 2010

Warpaint, Barfly, Camden, 2010

Warpaint, Barfly, Camden, 2010
“War Paint are so much fun. They’re lovely for starters, really kind and warm, and were happy to have me hang out in their dressing room which is fairly unusual,” says Oldham.

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“They were kinda new in town in 2010 and you can see their reserve beforehand, but when they came off, they were so excited one of them tossed red wine accidentally over another and it rather dampened the atmosphere temporarily. I clawed it back though, as you can hopefully see.”

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MIA, O2 Academy, Leeds, 2010

MIA, O2 Academy, Leeds, 2010
“I had shot MIA a couple times before but still had no idea what to expect on this occasion, as both times had been very different experiences – however I am delighted to report that she was delightful for this, knowing what we wanted and enabling a lovely shot to occur.”

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“This is certainly one of my proudest images from the series – a close-up shot revealing cool reservation to maximum relief and joy following the banger of a gig. A relief for me too, I don’t mind telling you.”

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The Kills, Leeds Festival, August 2011

The Kills, Leeds Festival, August 2011

The Kills, Leeds Festival, August 2011
“These two were really lovely, remembers Oldham. “Operating at a level of cool I will never achieve and only slightly ruffled by the wind.”

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“NB Jamie Hince has massive hands. Just sayin’.”

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Lykke Li, Heaven, London, November 2010

Lykke Li, Heaven, London, November 2010
“There was a lot of hype and noise about this show. Tension was in the air, Lykke performed for just under an hour and the place was rammed out and HOT, yet she looks as though she’s only been to the shops and back.”

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“Some people just do not sweat, ever.”

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Two Door Cinema Club, Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 2010

Two Door Cinema Club, Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 2010

Two Door Cinema Club, Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 2010
“I love the sweat. I wish more bands sweated like Two Door Cinema Club. The three of them generate so much sound between them, they had the crowd in their palms from the first bar – a proper singalong it was.”

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“A wonderful band with fantastic fans and they tore the venue to bits that night.”

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