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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Bangers / The Cut Ups / Hot Mass / Buffalo Bar / Cardiff / 22nd April 2016

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.

 

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The Menzingers / Clwb Ifor Bach / Cardiff / August 27th 2015

STHC hosted an awesome show at Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff.  It was great to see The Menzingers play with support from Great Cynics and The Cut Ups.

There’s nothing like drinking with your friends and singing songs about getting drunk with friends! So I took a couple of photos to commemorate the evening

(below: Great Cynics, plus Menzinger!)

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