It was a sad day for Moshington, D.C. but that didn’t stop the crowd from coming out and giving Kill Lincoln a proper send off. Kill Lincoln had Enemy Insects, Walk the Plank and Boardroom Heroes opening for them. Before the show (and like many others), I wrote a blog post, remembering my times with Kill Lincoln:
Kill Lincoln and I had a short history together at one point, if you want to be sappy and call it that. They were my first concert shoot I covered for Brightest Young Things in 2013 at Rock and Roll Hotel. I learned about the “Fuck you, Alan” chanting, during which I felt very bad for whoever Alan was. Then I photographed them again for BYT when they opened for Voodoo Glow Skulls a couple months later and that was the first time I talked to Mike Sosinski in person. Mike ended up playing later that month at Casa Fiesta for a Halloween benefit show. Then, they opened at the 9:30 Club for The Pietasters. In December 2013, I was asked to be in a Govinda Gallery exhibition with many of photos Kill Lincoln in it.
Kill Lincoln started a Kickstarter and got enough money to do a coast-to-coast tour. Kill Lincoln was the first band I ever interviewed (without their drummer Tyler Rodgers) and Brightest Young Things ran it with photos Nicholas Karlin took. It seems like a joke that it was done on April Fools Day 2014. Then, I shot their DC tour kick off show for Brightest Young Things, chanting “Fuck you, Alan” with the crowd, wishing them well and hoping Sheila wasn’t going to break down in the middle of nowhere. Those photos were featured in another Govinda Gallery exhibition in June 2014. Then, I seemingly went on hiatus from going to Kill Lincoln shows.
This year, they went one more coast-to-coast tour before announcing they were going on hiatus. I was lucky enough to be able to sit with them one last time before their farewell show for a Brightest Young Things interview on April Fools Day 2015. It’s like I threw everything my Art of the Interview professor told me not to do, but I can’t help to carry the interview like that with Kill Lincoln. They ended the interview by namedropping all of the people they wanted to thank. They ended with thanking me and Nicholas Karlin for supporting them since late 2013. It made me a little sad. I cried a little while transcribing the interview. When Brightest Young Things wanted me to shoot their farewell show, run the interview and get behind the scenes shots, I was a little more sad. Then, Black Cat said that they remembered that I liked them. I was full out sad.
Kill Lincoln came out to “Good Riddance” by Green Day, which quickly turned into “Chop Another Rock” by Riff Raff. Their hypeman Drew Skibitsky introduced them to the crowd. They played all their hits, along with new songs from Good Riddance to Good Advice. The crowd was crying, moshing and skanking at the same time. They weren’t crying because they were injured. They were crying because Kill Lincoln was breaking up. Just imagine what this looked like. It was also Hotez’s birthday, so the crowd quickly sang him “Happy Birthday” before sad moshing to the next song. They covered Minor Threat and Operation Ivy. Marty sang a song and said, “Marty does songs too!” Ellis broke his saxophone during the last song of the main set, which originally just fell from his neck strap. It looked like he could have repaired it. After this happened, he held it above his head and despite the mild hesitation and the look of “What am I doing? Wait. What am I doing?” he slammed it on the ground. Then, he jumped into the crowd. When the show was officially over, he threw the saxophone off the stage and stomped on it several times. That was his favorite saxophone and it died with Kill Lincoln. People walked out of the show with their shirts with literally blood, sweat and tears. I walked out with a piece of the saxophone Ellis gave me.
Kill Lincoln breaking up might be for the best. It wasn’t necessarily because Hotez and Mike were moving, but rather because I don’t know how they all got back from tour. It took 1.5 hours to get them together for their last photo and then no one could find Hotez. Marty said, “This was every rest stop [on tour]. It was just like ‘Get in the van. Just get in the van!'”