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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The Bouncing Souls / Pears / The Exchange / Bristol / August 5th 2016

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! ^_^.

 

Laura Stevenson / Sin City / Swansea / July 29th 2016

Laura Stevenson got added to The Wonder Years tour with a date at Sin City in Swansea. Having missed her at the Asian Man Records 20th Anniversary shows I had to go and see her play again. Laura plays some really lovely music and when playing the bigger (and louder) shows is usually supported by her backing band (the Cans).

For this show she would be playing solo for the most part and not only held her own against the rowdy Friday night crowd but actually drowned them out. I think it’s an achievement for a solo acoustic artist to hold an audience at a show like this and Laura did it effortlessly. Its really great to catch up with her whenever she plays the UK.

I can really relate to her records. I love listening to music that can capture so perfectly a situation, experience, how you feel or see life especially if you’re like me and can’t find the words or mostly think in pictures.

Also, I have to say how much I love the album photograph for Cocksure by Christopher Hainey. It reminds me of being a teen when house parties were over and we would all just watch the TV hungover, in that surreal space when you know you have to start thinking about having to go home and resume reality, or just keep on going.

Lately at some shows I take two Polaroid shots. I keep one for this thing and the people in them keep the other one. I think this makes a nice memento for that time. So here’s a photo for that time, we had so much fun, it was such an awesome show!