This summer I had the opportunity to work with the Atlanta-based alternative rock band Amsterdam Station. When I was approached by band member Greg Jarvis (vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist), he explained that the band was in the process of re-branding. They released their first album three years prior and have since developed a more polished, mature sound. Amsterdam Station was looking for a united concept across the board that both reflected and complimented their new album, “Stories from the Subtext.” The band recognized that their personal style would be a key component of their new look, so they enlisted me as stylist.
The first step was styling Amsterdam Station for a photo shoot for their new album. We started by discussing the band’s style influences, which included Interpol, The Killers, and Queens of the Stone Age. The next step was, of course, listening to the new album to gain inspiration. After going back and forth with a lot of notes and ideas, we landed on four cohesive yet unique looks, each of which were slight variations on the dressed down suit – replacing a blazer with a trench coat, trading slacks for jeans, adding a tee under a button down, opting for suspenders instead of a tie.
Photographed by Alyson Jarvis of Alyson Jarvis Photography
The next step was styling the band for their Album Release Party. We wanted to keep with the established style while ensuring the ensembles were performance friendly. Originally we discussed sticking to basic jeans, button downs, and strong accessories, like great shoes. As the show grew closer the band’s vocalists decided they were going all out and adding ties despite the potential for hindered movement during the performance.
Greg opted for a bold, statement look with mixed patterns on the tie and button down. He added a solid vest to neutralize the prints and finished the look with dark denim, classic leather shoes, and fun socks for a unique pop of color.
Chris Connelly (vocalist and guitarist) complimented Greg’s look with a solid black button down, patterned tie, jeans, and some amazing black boots that I sadly didn’t snap a photo of. He also coordinated his guitar with the ensemble, bringing in burst of color.
Having the pleasure of watching Amsterdam Station perform live was an unparalleled experience. The night of the show I realized I had never been to a concert where I personally knew the musicians. Their new album, “Stories from the Subtext,” is characterized by thought provoking lyrics, seamless composition, and an elevated sound. While you can preview and purchase the album on their brand new website, I highly recommend you attend one of their concerts if you’re in the Atlanta area. Amsterdam Station has an outstanding stage presence and a contagious energy. Bottom line: they put on a kick ass show.
Their next performance is set for Friday, October 24 at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta – show starts at 8pm, Amsterdam Station goes on at 9pm. Stay tuned to their Facebook and Twitter pages for more details on the event!