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.