Captured in this video is a typical Charleston show for Dear Blanca. Though Columbia is their hometown, Charleston, and The Royal American specifically have become almost a second home for the band as they’ve garnered a dedicated following in the Holy City. You can feel the energy in the live video shot by Columbia artist Sean Shoppell. From the crowd singing along, to the shots of The Royal American’s swinging lights, theirs a rawness to Shoppell’s style that makes you feel like you’re at the show…and maybe had one too many of The Royal American’s bourbon punch.
Shoppell notes that this is an experimental live recording. He’s currently developing a new technique called lens tearing, switching the focal length of the camera seamlessly during the live take.
Dear Blanca wrap up their first Summer Tour over the next week with shows in Columbia, Charleston, and Rock Hill. The Columbia date features support from ET Anderson, Keath Mead, and Patois Counselors, joined on the Charleston show with BASSH, and Vita & The Woolf. They’re currently touring on their newest release I Don’t Mean to Dwell, one of the best South Carolina albums of the year so far, but they’ve already been hard at work on their follow up release recorded in Charleston, SC with Wolfgang Zimmerman.
6/17 – Athens, GA (Georgia Theatre)
6/18 – Columbia, SC (New Brookland Tavern)
6/19 – Charleston, SC (The Royal American)
6/23 – Rock Hill, SC (Don’t Sweat It Fest)