THE MENZINGERS/ BRISTOL BIERKELLER / April 21st 2017

It is always a great experience seeing The Menzingers. Last year they played in the late Bristol Bierkeller with support from The Flatliners and The Dirty Nil, organised by our one and only Dave at Deadpunk Promotions.

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Sooo, I’ve been thinking about this blog and how I have to explain to people it is not a review, it’s not a news thing, no deadlines, no restrictions, just some gigs I attend. I only include music I like, nothing is sponsored, it is literally just me and my camera . It is a memories thing. I struggle a lot with the writing side which tends to hold it up. Some days I can verbalise how I feel and what I think, most days I can’t really express myself at all. Every post is a huge challenge for me, I guess this and the struggle with persistent MH prolongs each post mostly. I don’t really want this blog to be about my problems so without going in to too much detail I just wanted to explain a bit about the sporadic updates.

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Having been sober last year for seven months, climbing the social anxiety mountain and only being able to let go with a few drinks in me, it was liberating going to shows, dancing about and taking some photos. These gigs are full of pretty awesome people showing support of great meaningful music. After getting over the mental hurdles, seeing talent and passion like this is so inspiring. It always reminds me why I love going to gigs.

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So I don’t really do live photos of bands much anymore because I want to enjoy each set. For me it is a different experience watching them play through a lens because when I take live photos I’m preoccupied with getting the shot.

Although there are a few exceptions occasionally and The Menzingers are one of them! It’s good to revisit an old practice and it was great being at the front singing along between composing each photo!

I wanted to experiment a bit with these live shots and go back to producing an image for arts’ sake rather than the documentary approach. I aimed to capture the energy and awe associated with the music and being at the show.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading these posts, any enquiries, let me know at hello@leeleeblunt.com

Forever grateful to be able to attend such awesome shows in Bristol.

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Woahnows / The Exchange / Bristol / January 20th 2017

So, we have been lucky to have such strong British bands playing and releasing great albums, it was a pleasure to see Woahnows for my first gig of the new year hosted by Deadpunk Promotions.  I’m always excited to see Woahnows announced on a bill, this time supporting Beach Slang.

They are a three piece from Plymouth, described as noisy poppy Indie Punk, recently released their new LP Understanding and Everything Else on Big Scary Monsters Records.

Their music is like a breath of fresh air, sunny, exciting and energetic. Every time I’ve seen them live they nail it, playing with so much effin’ energy it’s contagious. I am hooked on their harmonies, mathy bursts and relatable words.

It was nice to have a chat after the gig and take a few photos using the new camera. I can’t wait to see them play again.