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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Hot Mass / Le Pub / Newport / March 24th 2017

It was great to catch Hot Mass (ex Arteries / Dividers) at Le Pub hosted by Le Pub with support from People And Other Diseases and KVSD.

Hot Mass released ‘Flatman’, a B-Side from their LP ‘Nervous Tensions’ released in March this year before their mini tour around Europe. I always enjoy watching them perform their energetic music.

Sadly Le Pub is closing but will live on in a new form as the team will be moving it in to a more creative art space; more information on this at Le Public Space.

I want to do more to help our changing community, I am hoping that helping document our scene contributes to it somehow, even as something to look back for memories sake or to show how far we’ve come.

 

 

 

Laura Stevenson / Thekla / Bristol / January 29th 2017

Sooo, at the beginning of this year in the pits of January a beam of light called Laura Stevenson shone on our winter faces at the best boat venue in Bristol.

It is always great to see her play her music. Every time the crowd and atmosphere are completely different, whether playing to a rowdy crowd before a punk band or to an attentive audience. Laura supported Kevin Devine at Thekla, she always manages to captivate us. It was lovely to be able to catch up with her and take these shots.

Music is such a good way to get me out of winter hibernation, I find it really helps me get through shit whilst making memories to keep.

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.

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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