Those of you who are familiar with my work will know that I’m a bit of a music nut, so you can probably guess how delighted I am to be making my own modest contribution to Record Store Day this year. I photographed Vic Godard and Subway Sect from the audience at a gig in Rochester last July and, thanks to Flickr, I was contacted via the electric interweb by sleeve designer Andrew Shaw to ask if I would contribute the shot above to a vinyl-only single release by the band. I was happy to do so, and you can see the finished sleeve below. Click through the image to find out more from Vic’s website. Hopefully Manny will get a few copies in at his splendid emporium in Chatham. See you there on the 20th!
Monday 29th October saw the release of Lupen Crook’s fifth album British Folk Tales on The Preservation Society label. To celebrate this, Mr Crook, his band and a clutch of other artists gathered last Friday in Medway under the collective banner ‘Non-League Extreme’ and put on one of the best bloody gigs I’ve been to in ages, across both floors of the Royal Function Rooms in Rochester.
I was there with my camera – not in any official capacity – and I took a bunch of photos that have been viewed on Flickr and shared on Facebook and other media quite extensively throughout today by the bands themselves as I’ve posted a set at a time.
I haven’t blogged for a while, so I thought I’d share the photos and say ‘thank you’ to everyone involved in Friday’s gig and tell anyone who doesn’t already know it that British Folk Tales is brilliant.
To view the photos on Flickr, CLICK HERE. There are links to each of the bands’ websites and social media pages under every photo, so you can click through and find out more.
Theatre Royal’s Oliver Burgess
Saturday 28th July saw something a little different in Medway. Rochester Castle Gardens was home to its first large scale outdoor gig in living memory that wasn’t aimed at the M&S picnic brigade or Hollyoaks fans, and very nice it was too. Public Image Limited and The Wedding Present paid us a visit and were ably supported by local bands Theatre Royal and Kids Unique, both of whom are on the Preservation Society record label.
In addition to the main gig, there were a number of fringe events. My personal grail began with a convivial and hugely entertaining afternoon at the Nag’s Head where I saw excellent sets from Balance Lost, Broken Banjo, Petts, Bear vs Manero and Stuart Turner and the Flat Earth Society. After the castle gig, those still standing made their way to the Royal Function Rooms on Star Hill, which were graced by punk legend Vic Godard and his Subway Sect.
To see for yourself what my day was like, simply Click Here
I recently gave an interview to film maker Mark Young, around which he wrote a really good Creatabot article. I was especially pleased with it because it’s one of the few times I’ve ever read an article about me where the author genuinely got what I was on about, so cheers for that, Mr Young.
Last night saw Medway/Canterbury band Wheels release their ‘Get Out Claws’ E.P. at the Barge pub in Gillingham. The EP contains just two tracks, ‘Getting Out Of The Cities’ and ‘Adverts’, yet it clocks in at over twenty minutes! I took the shot above in Canterbury last October and I’m proud that it graces the CD.
You can see my photos from the E.P. launch gig on Flickr.