Bloodlined Calligraphy @ Facedown Fest in Pomona, California

Bloodlined Calligraphy @ Facedown Fest in Pomona, California

Everyone who has a deep appreciation for the healing power of music will get on board with a few bands from their area and latch on, hard. For me, one of those bands is Bloodlined Calligraphy. I have a deep love for the past and present incarnations of the band. I used to watch them in Ypsilanti at Mr. Muggs and The Elbow Room and Woodruffs and various spots all over Michigan. In the 2000s this band was my Michigan hardcore heroes...

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Riot Fest Chicago 2017 Releases 1st Phase of Lineup and it's Stacked!

Riot Fest Chicago 2017 Releases 1st Phase of Lineup and it's Stacked!

Holy shit. So let's start with the headliners. Trent Reznor and company will headline Friday night at Riot Fest, followed by Queens of the Stone Age on Saturday night, and a fucking Jawbreaker reunion for Sunday night. Unbelievable. It's safe to say this Detroiter is making his way back to Chicago this year for the first time in 19 years. I can't say how fucking stoked I am for this lineup. It's filled with acts we have covered at Warped Tour like The Story So Far, Four Year Strong, Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and even artists I covered for Hope and Bass like Action Bronson. 

With 25+ more bands to be announced in phase two my mind is racked with who else could be added to this year's installment of Riot Fest. Even though there are no other Riot Fest locations this year, this one seems to be all about the love. Ministry and Nine Inch Nails in the same weekend, fuck me. The 12 year old in me who was used to having insults like "freak" and "faggot" is dying to see this shit. Tickets go on sale at noon today April 19th and considering this is the only Festival by Riot Fest this year, I would expect it to sell out faster than normal. Besides, Jawbreaker, fuck. 

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For The Fallen Dreams Live at Dirt Fest 2016

For The Fallen Dreams Live at Dirt Fest 2016

I had the esteemed pleasure of photographing one of the longest running festivals around. In its 15th year, Dirt Fest brought in thousands of fans of the harder types of rock music. I photographed most of the main stage bands throughout the sweltering 100-degree day in Pontiac, Michigan. The first gallery is of local heavyweights For The Fallen Dreams. These dudes are some of my favorite songwriters and musicians from Michigan. They put it down for the melodic hardcore fans out there in the Crofoot Festival Grounds. 

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A new day has come...

A new day has come...

Over the last few years I have worked on building a site that outgrew it's original idea. Hope and Bass was originally meant to be an artist collective with a positive message regarding mental health and suicide prevention. Eventually I started writing more and more blogs and couldn't stop pushing the idea to expand. I decided to halt any media production while figuring out the next step, in which I came up with using my (now-former) production name Sherburt as the idea for the new brand. You can now find my new work under the identity Dad Hair. Hope and Bass has stopped being a media outlet and has gone back to its original purpose of being an ever-growing artist collective and (still)eventual record label. Sherburt as a brand will be covering everything I can and hopefully I will be able to build a team of researchers, content creators, writers, photographers, and more. For now, it's all me, Chris Smith. So here is to the future and pushing this idea past the limits. Thanks to those who have been on this journey and given support so far. See you all very soon!

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