Finding new bands rules. That’s part of my motivation behind this blog, to share the new bands I discover with other people. Not because my opinion matters more when it comes to bands, because lets face facts, I’m nothing an idiot, even if it is a well intentioned one. But because I think discovering new music is the most wonderful thing, and I miss the days when you discovered a band through the radio, sampler CDs and word of mouth. It doesn’t seem to be the same anymore. For better and for worse.
Veto are a band I think everyone should discover one way or another. Pop punk with all the pop and more punk that average. It’s well good. Also they’ve excellent taste in shirts. See below for more.
Shot my final gig of 2014 in Audio on Saturday night. It ruled. That venue has really grown on me this year: it sounds amazing, its got great lights, its an atmospheric little sweat box and its really close to the trains I seem to spend so much of my life on.
King Tut’s has certainly earned it’s reputation over the years, but at the same time it’s also been years since I’ve seen a gig worthy of that reputation in King Tuts. Last night turned out to be one of those gigs.
“You need to see them live bro!”.
That’s often the battle cry we use to convince others, or to defend, or favourite bands. Sometimes records don’t do you justice but a stage, an arena, a floor…well, they’re the home of great music. Which isn’t always true. In fact, most of the time it isn’t. The stage is a cruel mistress who insists on honesty, which doesn’t do a lot of bands any favours. It did do so bad for Brutai though.
I spend so much of my time pointing a 50mm at bands who are running about, being noisy and shouting that when I get to shoot a band who don’t really do any of those things it’s a nice change of pace.
Usually when people write about great gigs they mean gigs that were packed to the rafters with a crowd that are as ravenous as the band throwing themselves about on the stage. The reality is that for most underground artists gigs aren’t like that. You’re playing to the other bands, the promoter, the bar staff and if you’re really lucky your other half who isn’t sick of your music yet.
Best thing about photographing bands? When they’re your mates and they absolutely kill it. Enough said.
The Classic Grand upstairs was a joy to shoot in.Proper lights, great staff and no need to fiddle about with the flash. No way to have a better time.
Sectioned are a brilliant band and I love seeing them live, but I really didn’t feel all that stoked on the results of shooting this show.
Swallows only seem to do rad shows. Which makes going to see them and photograph them so often such a pleasure. Last night was particularly rad, it’s great to see the new line-up really coming into its own and their new songs come to life on stage. I couldn’t be more excited to hear their upcoming split EP if I tried.
I nearly always photograph bands from Glasgow in Glasgow, so its a nice change when a band have a different accent. Liverpool’s Triphazard were pretty cool, sometimes far too pop punk for my taste and other times pleasing disco and synth pop. A mixed set depending on your tastes.