A photographic account of heavy music in Portland, Maine
Never say never.
That’s the takeaway from recent developments here in Portland Rock City.
Shortly after lowering the casket of Post Mortem deep into God’s gray earth, I was contacted by impresario Jon Morse about his burgeoning plan to keep Portland’s heavy music scene churning on the intertubes. Morse was in the process of developing a new site — Last Mercy Emissions — to serve as an informational resource for upcoming shows and a visual account of the performances.
The site is now live, and I’m proud to announce that I will be serving as principal photographer for the ongoing project.
As you may know, Morse is responsible for organizing and promoting some of Portland’s most interesting, challenging, and notable bills under the banner of Last Mercy Emissions. Tonight, for instance, Geno’s Rock Club plays host to Morse’s pairing of Sylvia, Churchburn, Vomit Arsonist, and Shabti. Next week, Morse is producing two shows: On Friday, May 22, it’s The Body, Clean, Afraid, and Mugwort at SPACE Gallery; the following day, on Saturday, May 23, it’s Say John Earl, Bleak, Bride, Sterile Garden, and (Morse’s own) Nycterent at Geno’s.
The plan is for me to attend these shows — and any future LME events — to document them in the same visual style as Post Mortem. Meanwhile, Morse will
handle the writing and provide in-depth descriptions of bands alongside links to their recordings and videos.
Morse’s offer immediately struck me as a best-of-all-worlds scenario. In my “farewell address” last month, I lamented the unsustainable pace of Post Mortem’s coverage, obligations, and nightlife. Last Mercy Emissions, on the other hand, feels like a right-sized approach to the work I love. Instead of aging in dog years like I was during Post Mortem, I think I can maintain some semblance of health while documenting some truly great bands alongside our city’s best audiences.
I look forward to seeing you out there.
In the meantime, please feel free to follow Last Mercy Emissions on:
Ben McCanna, May 16, 2015
P.S. In the “farewell address,” I also hinted at an upcoming project. That project, which is altogether different from LME, is still in its formative stages. Stay tuned.