Back in the December, before they decided to rule the world, Chvrches played at the Exit/In in Nashville. The venue is an institution with a history of landing big names for over 40 years -- The Police, The Replacements, Johnny Cash, R.E.M, and so on. The venue might hold 500, but I don't think it sold out, it felt far from full.
At the time, I wasn't photographing shows. At least not with a professional camera, I was using a Canon G15 for shows -- Robert Plant, The Joy Formidable, and Chvrches. While it is a step up from a cell phone camera or most point and shoot cameras, it still didn't do terribly well in the darkness of a music venue especially with the crazy lighting at a Chvrches show.
Anyway, I was at the end of the stage, right in front of Iain and had a pretty good sight line to Lauren and Dok. After a few attempts at getting a good shot, I gave in, slipped the camera into my pocket and enjoyed the show. And it was a great one at that.
Later, when editing the photos, I discovered only 3 looked okay, more like poor, but I uploaded them to Flickr anyway. Of those 3 photos, the one tagged Lauren Mayberry has the 4th most views, over 700, of all of my photos on Flickr. Yet, it has not been favorited once. It's not an interesting or great photo, at all. Lauren isn't singing, or dancing, I think she was telling one of her nervous jokes, but still not one person has favorited the photo.
I sort of understand it not being favorited at all. But, it gets consistent views every day. Then, knowing that this awful photo of Iain has been favorited once makes me laugh.
The show was one of the funnest shows I've been to, energetic and intimate. Next time they play Nashville, I would bet it will be in a lot larger venue and it will be sold out.