Photos: Kill Hannah @ The Bottom Lounge (Chicago) live – a love letter

Let me nerd out for a moment as this is not the kind of band we normally post about.

I LOVE Kill Hannah. I love Kill Hannah without a cent of irony. Next to the Smashing Pumpkins, they’re second to none, the bee’s knees, the best thing since sliced bread. I’m embarrassed (and proud) to admit how many times I’ve seen these guys play over the past decade and how many states I’ve traveled to for their shows. (I lost track at 84 four years ago. Really.) Back in the day I basically shoved myself into the the street team for Atlantic Records, their label at the time, to promote the band and see as many shows as possible across the Midwest. Their blend of electro-new romantic pop blends perfectly in my little brain and guaranteed, Kill Hannah has the best live show out there, no matter what genre of music you listen to.

I had my first photo passes with these guys when I was still shooting with a 35mm point and shoot – I credit them for teaching me how to photograph, and for that I will be eternally grateful.

Dear Kill Hannah,
I love you. Thank you.
Your humble fan,
Rachael

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Since 2003 (save last year when singer Mat Devine appeared on Broadway in Spiderman) they’ve held a massive Christmas show/party in their hometown of Chicago. This past weekend was this year’s New Heart for XMas 8.

Kill Hannah w/ Comasoft
December 17, 2011
The Bottom Lounge
Chicago, IL

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Opening band Comasoft
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Kill Hannah
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Click here for the rest of the show, pictures from soundcheck and the afterparty.

  • http://www.agitreader.com Stephen Slaybaugh

    re: “Let me nerd out for a moment as this is not the kind of band we normally post about.”

    Actually, I’m pretty sure Chip loves Kill Hannah. I think he owns a pair of their hand-socks.

  • Chip Midnight

    I took a photo of said hand-socks when KH played at Skully’s but didn’t think they’d be appropriate to wear at work so passed on purchasing them. I do love Kill Hannah though and hope they make their way back to Columbus in 2012.

    • http://www.rebarbashphotography.com Rachael Barbash

      I think the hand-socks are the only merch of theirs I’ve never owned.