First, I will preface this essay with this: I apologize for my lack of writing skills, but my photography skills make up for it…I hope.
Walking into a Seshollowaterboyz show is like walking into a dark underworld of screaming fangirls and emotional “internet kids” (seriously, at one point I thought a girl was being murdered the way she was screaming). Beers are flying, pits are circling before the show even starts, and kids are flipping each other the bird. At least such was the case Halloween night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Just a few days earlier the guys of SHWB decided to announce a Halloween show for just $10, which, of course sold out quickly. Elliot O’Connor, Bones’ brother and manager, was nice enough to let me shoot the whole thing. Elliot plays an enormous role in the behind-the-scenes operations of SHWB as well as being their DJ on stage.
This was my second time seeing SHWB in its’ entirety, and it did not disappoint. The first time I spent the show being tossed around in the crowd, and losing all of my mom’s pins from the 80s and 90s that covered my denim jacket; this time that did not happen, and I spent my time in the press pit. I’ve seen shows since last January, including Healthy Boyz and Xavier Wulf, but it had been a long time coming for the full Seshollowaterboyz show and I was excited. The line wrapped around The Observatory parking lot up the street, and fans were getting restless waiting for doors to open. “SESHOLLOWATERBOYZ” could be heard around the venue, before anyone even got in. It was a community of the children your mother warned you about, but you wanted to be. Finally doors opened, with the accompaniment of cheers, and the venue filled up. Eagerly waiting for the show to begin, the crowd got pumped up to 21 Savage, A$AP Rocky, and others. When the lights finally dimmed and the curtains opened, the crowd went crazy. Their fans yelled every word back at the guys of SESHOLLOWATERBOYZ and a few dared climbing the stage and diving back off.
I don’t remember Bones talking as much last show as he did this show, but his dark and fucked up humor came out. Mumblings of “respect your uncle” and “what if I hung myself up there” were what I could make out of his deep voice, which was contrasted with the warmth in which he (and the rest of SHWB) greeted their fans. That was my favorite part of the show, in all honesty. Every chance they got, each member went up to the crowd and shook their fans’ hands or high-fived them; Elliot even went up to a crowd surfer being pulled out by security to make sure he was okay. Like I mentioned before, this is a community, and the performers certainly care about and respect their fan base. No egos, no attitude; just love for making music and performing it.
Needless to say they put on such an awesome show that lasted a decent amount of time, and it’s always great hearing the music that I often play on my radio show (that influenced the name of it), live. I couldn’t believe it was past 2 AM when I left, and I could have easily watched them go longer. Their shows are fun and carefree, something that artists who take themselves too seriously lack. I will gladly be going to every SHWB show that I get the opportunity to.