When I was in high school, I secretly wanted to be a rock star. Unfortunately I never got further than singing an off-key rendition of “Volcano Girls” with my friend’s band at Scream in the Field. So I was stoked to see that five girls from my old high school are actually making it happen.
First, the band. Then, the story.
Short Lived Affair is Monica Kelly (vocals), Kaitlyn Young (guitar), Rachel Visitacion (drums), Kristen Valenti (guitar), and Taylor Coigne (bass). Follow them on Facebook here or listen to them here. Hear them before your friends do.
Now for the cool story: Out of more than 600 bands around the country competing in a battle of the bands, Short Lived Affair was one of the select few chosen to play the Zumiez stage at this month’s Bamboozle festival at the Meadowlands. If you’re not familiar with that festival or that arena, let me break it down for you:
Bamboozle is an annual festival with a crazy-diverse mix of arena rockers, old-school legends, indie bands, and up-and-comers. I’ve seen everyone from Weird Al to Linkin Park play there. Case in point, Short Lived Affair shared the bill with Lil Wayne and Motley Crue (and about 50 other bands). 80,000 people show up. It’s ridiculously fun. Go next year if you can.
I got to shoot them a few days before they took the stage, and they were a blast to work with. That’s probably pretty obvious from the photos below. I’m crossing my fingers that they make it
P.S. Love the lighting on this first one:
My personal favorite:
Everybody doin’ their thing:
And last but not least, I’m glad they trusted me when I suggested we do a picture by these ugly drums: