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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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.

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!

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!