Sooo, the last year has been especially difficult and a reflective time for me. I’ve been procrastinating, amongst other things, thinking of how to write about it, but I’m at a loss. Without going in to too much detail, it’s been rough and I’m starting to wake up (kinda) and get involved in all the good things that are happening again.
In my mental hibernation I’ve been trawling through photos and I wanted to include one of the last gigs I attended in 2016, give it the attention it deserves.
I went to a packed launch show for the latest release ‘Keep Bleeding’ from The Doublecross, presented by Fuelled By Jealous Lovers, STHC Cardiff & DIY Cardiff. It was good feelings all around with support from Hot Mass, and Pipedream.
It was heartwarming to see such support for a friend who has contributed greatly over all these years to the Punk community and our community here in Cardiff. Jon shines through his work and it is reflected around the room on faces old and new.
Massive props on the awesome music video ‘Fireworks and Butterflies’ by Fuzz Chucas.
I don’t really do live shots but it was a special occasion. Fuck it. Why not?
(Hot Mass: above, Pipedream: below)
Bangers played what is possibly their last Welsh show for a long while on Friday, with support from The Cut Ups and Hot Mass. A truly energetic line up presented by the guys at DIY Cardiff.
My camera is bust, so a helpful friend loaned me some equipment as I’ve been without a decent digital camera for a couple of months now and didn’t want to miss out on taking photos at another gig.
Hot Mass (below) are a new local favourite with hazy distorted surfy guitars, gruff vocals and galloping beats. I’m really looking forward to seeing them play again at The Deadpunk Special in May. I like The Cut Ups more and more every time I see them and I’m hoping to get a photo of their lovely faces next time they play in this neck of the woods.
So, pretty gutted Bangers (above) are tbc on whether they are going to be playing any shows for a while. They have been a solid addition to the UK punk scene for years, with great song writing that evolves with every release. They played a strong set and everybody cheered and chanted for more. I hope we get at least a couple more shows from them in the future.
This show encapsulated our local punk scene, attending these shows highlight how much people work together to keep it all going. Thank you DIY Cardiff for hosting another awesome line up giving us something special to do at the weekend.
Thought I would start this page with something special as Caves played their last Cardiff show for a long while. Held at Undertone and hosted by DIY Cardiff, a local collective in South Wales, keeping the punk shows going in the area. Caves are a band from Bristol that signify a lot for me when I moved there, exploring a new city and going to the local shows. Their music is sentimental, short ‘n sweet and brightens up the days.
Thanks for the good music.