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…

Mari Samuelsen and the 12 Ensemble

There’s a strange wistful melancholy to the final afternoon of a festival. The knowledge that the tent is down, the car is loaded and that there is a long drive home looming near weighs heavy. There’s no more pizza left. It feels like the crowd has already begun to thin as people start to drift…

Fanfare Ciocarlia

When a 12 piece Romani Balkan Brass band renowned for their funky, fast, high-energy sound and driving crowds completely wild are unleashed on the Saturday night of a festival in front of an utterly packed main stage, there’s only one place to photograph from. The front. That means jumping off front-of-house where Lampy is in…

The Parrots

Having last encountered the Catalan trio, The Parrots, in the Shapes Warehouse a couple of months back as part of Fluffer Records largest pit party to date I was very much intrigued to see them play in the rather more gentile environs of Rough Trade East… A very pleasant evening of hazy, garage rock ensued,…

Custard Thruster Vol.1

The thing about the chaps from Fluffer Records is that they’re always up to something new… First it was the Pit Parties, then they super-sized the pit, creating an incredible vista of utter mayhem with the Black Lips. Selecting new music from small and up-and-coming bands based on their sound alone and not the hype…

Sunburn All-Dayer

It has to be said that I was suffering from a few mixed emotions as I bimbled through the backstreets of Brixton on my way to the Windmill on a particularly sunny Saturday afternoon last weekend. A little trepidation as I’d never shot at the Windmill and I expected it to be really tough from…

Suns

You know it’s going to be an interesting evening when the frontman of the bad you’re about to see sidles over to Lampy, Grant the sound-man and myself who were nattering by the sound desk as the band unpacks their kit and asks innocently, “Is there anywhere I can put the inflatable?” With the CD…

Bat For Lashes

A matter of days after releasing her new album, “The Bride”, Bat For Lashes (Natasha Khan) popped by Rough Trade East to perform tracks from the album and one or two oldies. As an album, “The Bride” is an intriguing and brave concept album telling, as it does, a story of a woman whose fiancé…