Showcasing their Living Fields album, Portico brought catharsis and redefinition to London’s Islington Assembley Halls amidst a brooding backdrop of austere minimalism.
Whilst the Fritz Lang noir tones of the set frustrated photographers praying for a shaft of clear light, the sublunary tones of an album featuring vocal performances from Jamie Woon, Jonno McCleery and Alt-J’s Joe Newman found their complement in the atmospheric setting.
Photos by Carl Byron Batson. Not to be reproduced without express prior permission.
Photographer, published poet, former party animal, body builder, grave robber
to the stars and renowned chainsaw juggler, Carl can often be spotted on his
Harley Davidson pretending to be in Terminator 2. He is also frequently seen in
the press pits of old London town, camera in hand, avoiding being hit by bottles
of wee and crippling his opposition with secret Kung Fu moves.