We just wrapped up a Los Angeles taping of our UO Live video series with White Lung, the punk band to know right now. Inspired by the band's energy, the old-school Hollywood setting, and the rowdiness of punk music, our Los Angeles display team built an incredible stage just for the show, which we're sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the making of. And stay tuned for the UO Live video, coming out soon!
Bryan Yazzie, the Senior Display Coordinator for UO LA, developed the concept for the stage, which the UO display team pulled together in under three days!
Bryan came up with the idea to create a light cut-out of the band's name set against black-and-white images of the band and their album art. He explains, "I like experimenting with lighting whether its for a permanent installation or a live backdrop like this — it's cool to see what can be achieved with lights."
With the show in the heart of Hollywood, he referenced the mood of old school horror films from the 1940s in finding a font, making the marquee letters, and laying out the stage setup with each of the members also backlit in the same florescent tone.
"I hadn't seen White Lung live before but had watched videos — in a punk rock setting, the music and the atmosphere the band creates can be rowdy," Bryan explains. "I wanted to create an environment that was equally loud."
In our recent interview with the band, frontwoman Mish Way referenced this same energy, explaining:
"For me to put on a really good show I need to be completely lost in what I'm doing. It's this completely unaware trance that's happening, and that's when I perform the best. That's when I act the craziest, and that's when I don't care. People like to see you lose control and like to see power. That's how I feel when I'm on stage. I feel really powerful, I feel really excited, I feel really nuts. That's just what the music my bandmates are playing evokes for me, and I think we build from each other."
Stay tuned for the exclusive UO Live video and behind-the-scenes coverage of the White Lung show, which will be out later this month!