IDestroy

IDestroy are a band I’ve been hoping to catch for a while. I’d encountered Bristol-based bass-player Becky Baldwin through one of her other projects (and there are several!), the metal band Triaxis, so when I found out that she was also in a punk outfit called IDestroy with Bec Jevons on lead vocals and guitar…

The Shelters

Fresh from playing the British Summertime Festival in Hyde Park, The Shelters played their final gig on European shores for a little while last week at the Borderline in London.   Atlas Wynd were an inspired choice as last minute stand-ins in the support act slot. They recently released a double A-side single containing “Eyes…

Snakerattlers

Once in a while giving old Fortuna’s Wheel a bit of a spin works out nicely. Sometimes very nicely indeed. It just so happened that we’d booked a weekend away in York. Then it just so happened that the Sly Persuaders mini-tour happened to be passing through York the very same weekend, and it just…

Cybernetic Witch Cult

Go on. Admit it. They had you at the name didn’t they? With a name like “Cybernetic Witch Cult” you are almost duty bound by the insatiable musical curiosity that has led you this far, to follow the links in this article and see what sort of noise this band makes. I’ve been on a…

Dan Patlansky

South African born Dan Patlansky is one of those artists you’ve potentially never heard of, but once you’ve listened to a few of his albums or (even better!) seen him play live, you’ll wish you’d have found his brand of guitar-led, heavily blues-infused rock much earlier. Dan released his first album back in 2000. Now…

The Jonesing Jam…

Need some heavy 70’s psych-rock improv in your World? Look no further than the Jonesing Jam… The word went out about something new about to appear on London’s busy and eclectic music scene. The concept was intriguing but also brave, a hand-picked supergroup of musicians from different bands put together for one night only to…

Ahoy! Welcome to the Dreadzone Family!

I first encountered Dreadzone after seeing them play at Glastonbury Festival after Holly Cook and before the Congos a little while back (well actually far enough back for it to be a little scary to think about it!). It was one of those performances that had the entire crowd jumping and dancing and the strange…

Jeb Loy Nichols

Situated just off Brick Lane, a few streets from the City of London, Rough Trade appear to have hit on a bit of a winner – the early evening “In-Store” event. The opportunity to see a band play a set after work on a weekday evening and still be home at a sensible hour is…

Broken Soundtracks and Weird Sex

The Lock Tavern might not be the biggest venue in London, but tonight it is packed out to celebrate Roadkill Record’s launch of a limited edition split EP on cassette featuring Broken Soundtracks and Weird Sex. The night starts out with sets from special guests Average Sex and Secret Tongues and as a result the…

Photographing the Northern Lights…

Sometimes it’s all about natural light… Sometimes there’s not even a band in sight! If you’re ever lucky enough to head to the far north and want to take photos of the incredible spectacle that is the Northern Lights this little guide might just help you get started! Every time I’ve been out trying to…

Johnossi

The first thing I notice as I sort out my camera kit by the stage in a busy Oslo Hackney is that not only does Johnossi’s guitarist have two very well stocked pedal boards, but that every cable and every pedal is labelled. Eric the roadie (his walkie-talkie had a name badge!) places the pedal…

Dealing with the RED Nightmares

I recently joined a forum on Facebook for music photographers called HTBARP (yep, that’s its real name!). It’s actually a really interesting place to browse. There’s photographers of all skill levels from all over the world shooting everything from the biggest stadium concerts with incredible light shows, to first timers shooting local bands in a…