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.

PUP / SHIT PRESENT / THE EXCHANGE / BRISTOL / SEPTEMBER 1ST 2016

So we went on a little mission across the river to Bristol to see Pup and Shit Present at The Exchange a little while  ago. I can’t keep up with the amount of amazing artists Deadpunk Promotions is putting on.

First time seeing Pup, I swear my pupils dilated their music is so powerful. Me and my best mate play them super loud in the car, punching the air and screaming from our guts. They evoke cynical, raw, unhinged feelings of regret and apprehension, elements that we enjoy tapping in to that remind us of our teenage years.

I’ve seen Shit Present a few times since they formed, it’s always a pleasure to see them play. Iona’s lyrics are so expressive, capturing growing up and tackling complex emotions like anxiety, perfectly. Even between the songs, personal tangents about day to day life make funny interludes. Her songs about life are so relatable and as with this genre there’s authenticity that strikes a chord in me that I can’t find in other places as much.

Lately I have been working with film photography again using Polaroid, 35MM and 120 film. Film documents a similar level of authenticity, a real and accurate representation of the people that make the music.

Cheers!

The Bouncing Souls / Pears / The Exchange / Bristol / August 5th 2016

The Bouncing Souls and Pears played a phenomenal show at The Exchange in Bristol hosted by our esteemed Deadpunk Promotions. Bouncing Souls have been around for as long as I can remember and in that time they’ve released some of the most authentic punk music that gets me and my friends singing along and moving about. They have definitely been a big influence for many of us growing up.

Pears were on support and since seeing them in Groezrock earlier in the year I knew that they were worth the price of admission alone. Their newest album ‘Green Star’ combines all the things I love about punk into a single record. The mix of melodic, harmonious punk rock and fast, aggressive hardcore gets me every time. We loved swinging about at the front headbanging and sing screaming along.

It was great to be able to get a photo of Pears before they did their show and chat shit with them afterwards. An important part of what makes the punk scene exciting is how friendly touring bands can be. It’s great to have conversations with people that have grown up in completely different countries and cultures that share a love for this music.

Great memories made!

Come baaaack! ^_^.

 

IRON CHIC / BEAR TRADE / THE CUT UPS / THE EXCHANGE / BRISTOL / 3RD MAY 2016

Iron Chic headlined with support from Bear Trade and The Cut Ups at The Exchange last week. I’m pretty fucking pleased to have seen such inspirational musicians play twice in one week. Firstly at Groezrock festival, followed by a gig presented by my firm favourite, Deadpunk Promotions. Such different settings with so many different people.

Iron Chic (above) signify a lot to me. When I moved back to my home city of Cardiff a couple of years ago I had a different outlook and a new enthusiasm for my life. Listening to their music helped encapsulate those feelings. For somebody who doesn’t articulate themselves very well, it is so special to have an artist that can find the words for me. It is so great to see the crowd all sing along with passion. It elevates me long after the music has stopped. So much good.

I adore it when there is meaning in music; if it tells a story, teaches a lesson or evokes an epiphany. The Cut Ups (below) achieve all that for me. I am drawn to the authenticity within their work. Singing about real life is the side to Punk Rock I admire. There is strength in the vulnerability of being so open.

I am always super grateful when people take some time with me for a photo to commemorate this time and place. It means a lot.

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Beach Slang / The Exchange / Bristol / May 9th 2015

Deadpunk Promotions put on an all-dayer that included a shit ton of awesome music.  One of them being Beach Slang, a punk rock band from Philadelphia, who had the warmest welcome with everyone punching the air and singing along.  Their music is passionate and has a genuine nostalgic sound full of poetic references to savored moments, it was nice to hear how appreciative they were to be playing their first UK tour.

We got speaking to a couple of them at the bar before Consumed started their set.  Their personalities resonate through their songs, this kind of honesty in music means a lot and is one of the main reasons for going to and supporting these shows.  So I took a few photos to capture the moment, to put it up on here so I can look back when I’m old, probably a bit more mental and remember being a part of this community.

Frenzal Rhomb / Mike TV / The Social Club / The Exchange / Bristol / April 27th 2015

/Sooooo life got in the way of posting about this gig…I saw The Social Club (above) who opened for Mike TV and Frenzal Rhomb, hosted by Deadpunk Promotions held at The Exchange in Bristol.  They are a pop punk four piece, mostly from Watford.  As soon as they started playing I wanted to dance about like a dickhead and I couldn’t stop smiling for the singers super animated performance.  They have that sentimental sound that keeps me going to these shows.  Got chatting to them a bit after their set and they let me take a quick snap of them before we headed in to watch Frenzal Rhomb play their first UK tour in 10 years.  What. A. Show!

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Drug Church / The Fleece / Bristol / April 23rd 2015

Blown away by the opening band for The Smith Street Band and Gnarwolves, held at The Fleece in Bristol, hosted by Deadpunk Promotions.  Never having really listened to Drug Church before, they encapsulated everything I love about going to gigs and seeing something new,  I could have gone home after that set a happy enlightened girl.

They are a mix of hardcore punk / alternative rock, founded in Albany, United States, and are currently signed to No Sleep Records.  They were gracious enough to let me take a couple of photos of them…makes me wonder why I hadn’t heard them sooner, maybe I will learn to take my head out of my ass more often from now on….can’t wait until they play again!  Fuuuuuuuuuuuuck!
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