The Doublecross / Hot Mass / Pipedream / Clwb Ifor Bach / Cardiff / November 11th 2016

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 LoversSTHC 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?

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(Hot Mass: above, Pipedream: below)

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Dowsing / Ratboys / Clwb Ifor Bach / Cardiff / October 4th

So, it was great to get to see two bands from across the ocean in late September and early October, touring some new material and a split together.  I was lucky to see them twice. First we went to the Bristol show hosted by Rad Not Sad Fest, held in a little old English pub called The Old England Pub. There they were supported by Pipedream, Springbreak and Robert Zurbin and a week or so later Fuelled by Jealous Lovers Club hosted an intimate gig downstairs in Clwb Ifor Bach with support from Human Heat.

Dowsing are an indie/emo-punk band from Chicago, their songs about relationships, love, life and the music industry have great sincerity and passion.  They have a new album called ‘Okay’ out on Asian Man Records that’s well worth checking out.

Ratboys, from Chicago are described as an indie-punk, post-country band. Their fuzzy guitars and soft vocals induce the daydreamy part of my brain. They have beautiful music out on Topshelf Records, you can (and should) have a listen HERE.

Each show and the people there represented our great DIY community which is full of support and unity, even through tough times. It was nice to meet Heads Above The Waves at their stall in the Cardiff show. They hold regular appearances at our local gigs and are a not-for-profit organisation that raises awareness and talk openly about self-harm and depression.

The photo above was taken on Womanby Street after everyone packed up the van. I used my Holga camera on 120 film, I didn’t quite get everyone in but I still love how the photo came out. I’ve been using film a lot more off the back of my DSLR kicking the bucket earlier this year. It worked out for the best because it has reminded me to create imagery using the medium of photography for arts sake as well as documenting a time and place.

I saved up and got a bunch of new equipment that I’m looking forward to experimenting with here over the coming new year. It should be a nice mish mash of traditional and digital! I wanted to give thanks to my Videography and Photography buddies for helping me with gear over the last few months, it really means a lot and shows the strength in our community.

Also a big thanks to the bands that let me take their photos. I really appreciate the time people spend with me, having a chat and getting some photos to create this small blog.

Cheers!