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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SNUFF / WONK UNIT / THE FLEECE / APRIL 6th 2017

Soooo Snuff have been around for donkeys years and still as exciting and relevant as ever. They play fast melodic punk rock that is quintessentially British.  It never ceases to amaze me how Duncan can play the drums that fast and sing at the same time. Class.

First time seeing Wonk Unit, a much newer band that have taken a similar mantel. Their albums play out like a comedic, punk rock musical about the working mans adventures in and around London. Alex’s interludes and intros to the songs really get me. That man is a poet.

Both bands are a perfect mix of great music and humour. They all seem to genuinely enjoy what they do and we could do with more bands like them.

 

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Hot Mass / Le Pub / Newport / March 24th 2017

It was great to catch Hot Mass (ex Arteries / Dividers) at Le Pub hosted by Le Pub with support from People And Other Diseases and KVSD.

Hot Mass released ‘Flatman’, a B-Side from their LP ‘Nervous Tensions’ released in March this year before their mini tour around Europe. I always enjoy watching them perform their energetic music.

Sadly Le Pub is closing but will live on in a new form as the team will be moving it in to a more creative art space; more information on this at Le Public Space.

I want to do more to help our changing community, I am hoping that helping document our scene contributes to it somehow, even as something to look back for memories sake or to show how far we’ve come.

 

 

 

Laura Stevenson / Thekla / Bristol / January 29th 2017

Sooo, at the beginning of this year in the pits of January a beam of light called Laura Stevenson shone on our winter faces at the best boat venue in Bristol.

It is always great to see her play her music. Every time the crowd and atmosphere are completely different, whether playing to a rowdy crowd before a punk band or to an attentive audience. Laura supported Kevin Devine at Thekla, she always manages to captivate us. It was lovely to be able to catch up with her and take these shots.

Music is such a good way to get me out of winter hibernation, I find it really helps me get through shit whilst making memories to keep.