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…

Ed’s Vinyl Wormholes…

Over a post-lunch wander around the park a work colleague told me a tragic tale. Not only had he and his family moved house recently, but as if that wasn’t stressful enough, when they did move, the Wrong Box made it to the charity shop. That box contained a chunk of Ed’s CD collection including…

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes

Having not been down to Rough Trade for a little while, what with Christmas, New Year and all the mayhem of hectic a December to recover from, it was lovely to arrive early and catch up with all the news from everyone at the shop. Whilst everyone was relaxed and happy there was a low-level…

Filming with John Clay

We had a plan. Sunday was going to be simple and relaxed. A slow start to the day. Some leisurely packing. Then bimble our way across the city to pick up our train from King’s Cross up to Cambridge for a couple of days hanging out with academics and researchers learning some science. All very…

Lampy Speaks!

Lampy has been busy… Not only is she crafting the perfect rucksack portable small venue lighting rig, but she’s been sharing what she’s learnt by reviewing the kit she’s using on the Thomann website! Stairville PAR 16 GU10 (polished) – Great Little Lamps! (A.K.A: the Birdies!) These little lamps with the phillips led bulbs are…

Custard Thruster Vol.3

Lampy and I learnt a little from Custard Thruster Vol.1. Public transport routes and changes were carefully assessed and planned. Kit was selected, packed and loaded in to comfortable rucksacks and a repeat of a “Planes Trains and Automobiles” style mad dash (complete with hernia inducing suitcase!) across the city were avoided. Instead we arrived…

Le Butcherettes

Friday lunchtime is the gateway to the weekend. Basically the week is all but done and it’s time to greet the weekend. Most Fridays this means a celebratory lunch of fish (over done), chips (soggy) and mushy peas (destined to be Monday’s “delicious and nourishing” pea and mint soup) at the office canteen. Hardly a…

Ultimate Painting

Sometimes music is just right for the moment. Sometimes it really isn’t. In those cases where, like planets of astrological importance, physical tiredness, emotional state and musical style do not align it doesn’t matter how good the band is you can still find yourself leaving the venue feeling a little hollow. In short, not the…

Yann Tiersen

Somehow a baby grand piano has been magically transported on to the stage at Rough Trade. The hustle and bustle of the shop continues unabated but at an unusually sedate pace with the lack of music being played over the speakers a concession to the artisan returning the piano to a perfectly tuned state after…