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)
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.
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! ^_^.
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.