Ah, the band promo photo; the ultimate cliched publicist tool. Though band photos have survived into the digital age, they remain remarkably un-inventive. Sure, not every group can afford expensive props or exotic locations, but all it takes is the tiniest bit of imagination to do something unique and memorable (like, say, Green Day's duct-taping themselves together). But if they're going to do it, we're going to mock them for it, so here are the five most overused band photo backdrops.
5. Railroad Tracks (above)
This location serves not only traveling hobos, but country singers and pseudo-goth emo bands, who apparently think it makes them look mysterious. Unfortunately, it just makes them look lost.
4. The Shady Alley.
Nothing says “we are badass” or “we are hardcore” like a band in an alley. Add some tough-looking graffiti and folks might find you so scary they won't listen to your music ever.
3. An Open Field
Often, girl groups will be put into a field, wearing dark, layered clothing, strategically placed in proximity to the camera in order of most important to ugliest. But doesn't anybody consider the potential problems from allergies?
2. Under an Overpass (or Bridge)
There are three things you're likely to find under overpasses and bridges: Trolls, homeless men and indie bands. Only two of them are any fun to hang out with; we'll let you guess.
1. Brick Walls
Unless you happen to be The Ramones, let's avoid the brick wall, shall we? Like the alley or the bridge, it's supposed to look rugged, but comes off about as edgy as one of those expensive exposed-brick lofts they're overcharging urban pioneers for in decaying rust-belt cities around the country. Word!
Honorable mentions: Rooftops, abandoned buildings and old couches.