Open Fields! Alleys! The Five Most Overused Backdrops for Band Promo Photos
Ah, the band promo photo; the ultimate cliched publicist tool. Though band photos have survived into the digital age, they remain remarkably un-inventive. Sure, not every group can afford expensive props or exotic locations, but all it takes is the tiniest bit of imagination to do something unique and memorable (like, say, Green Day's duct-taping themselves together). But if they're going to do it, we're going to mock them for it, so here are the five most overused band photo backdrops.
Jena Ardell Inspiration: Canadian reggae-ska band Bedouin Soundclash
5. Railroad Tracks (above)
This location serves not only traveling hobos, but country singers and pseudo-goth emo bands, who apparently think it makes them look mysterious. Unfortunately, it just makes them look lost.
4. The Shady Alley.
Jena Ardell Our inspiration: Hate Your Guts, a hardcore band from New Haven, Connecticut
Nothing says "we are badass" or "we are hardcore" like a band in an alley. Add some tough-looking graffiti and folks might find you so scary they won't listen to your music ever.