Bad Bad Not Good

I first encountered Bad Bad Not Good’s music through Jamie Cullum’s jazz show on Radio Two soon after the release of their album “III”. The trio of Matthew Tavares on keyboard, Chester Hansen on bass and Alex Sowinski on drums were playing something new and exciting, deeply rooted in jazz, but blended with hip-hop rhythms…

Pit Party No.8

Following the extravaganza out east that was Pit Party No.7 with its incredible performances from the likes of Heck, BoNigen and the Black Lips, an event so epic it took the concept of the Pit Party to a whole new scale, Fluffer Records’ brought the Pit back to its (more modestly sized) spiritual home in…

Slug!

The splendid and very nattily dressed Slug playing on the South Bank as part of the Meltdown festival with guest drummer (Peter Brewis of Field Music fame) and very special guest star guitarist for the last track! It’s always a joy to see Slug play and this formed a great warm-up for Pit Party No.8…

Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts started their set at Rough Trade with a very poignant moment, dedicating it to the victims of the Orlando Night Club shooting in which 49 people were killed only one day earlier. that was the same day that Parquet Courts, and a good portion of the RT crowd were enjoying Field Day in…

Weird Dreams…

Weird Dreams play some of the more unusual and enchanting music I’ve heard at Rough Trade for a little while. Vocals rich in dreamy Beach Boys-inspired harmonies combine with synthesiser lightly-infused with the wandering ghosts of early 80’s New Romanticism, and more urgent and rockier, yet sympathetically delivered guitar to create delicate, almost fairytale melodies…

Back to the Pit…

Once you’ve been immersed in the mayhem and carnage of a Pit Party and experienced the energy shared between a band and a crowd that completely surrounds them it’s hard not to go back. It’s a slightly surreal but completely absorbing and incredibly intense experience. There was simply no way I was going to miss…

Kate Jackson and the Wrong Moves

A few weeks back now I was lucky enough to see Kate Jackson and her band, the Wrong Moves launch their new album, “British Road Movies”. Since the amicable break-up of the Long Blondes back in 2008 triggered by the sudden illness of guitarist and songwriter Dorian Cox (happily back to health and recording again…

Margo Price

I have a confession to make… I’ve just been to a Country gig, and quite liked it. There. I’ve said it. Perhaps not quite the shock revelation you were expecting, but some times you just have to get these things out in the open. The gig in question was last night’s set from Margo Price…

Nothing

It’s been a tad busy at work this week so Lampy and I have had to do actual real work-related stuff late in to the evenings rather than escape and explore the weird and wonderful world of the London music scene. Clearly this was a most shocking state of affairs, requiring remedial noise therapy at…

Stick In The Wheel

It’s a lovely day, but we’re late. Forgotten Oyster cards and slow food are to blame. Whilst Lampy’s artisan burger was lovingly made by the (slow moving) gentlemen in the Caboose at the back of the Old Trueman Brewery, and I’m told, tasted really rather good, it did mean that by the time we made…

Otoboke Beaver

Last weekend I took a little break from taking photos at gigs and went and enjoyed a great day’s music at the Walpurgis Nacht festival at the Windmill In Brixton completely camera free. It’s a really lovely, welcoming venue with a lot of sweaty character (and by the end of the evening, sweaty characters too),…

A Trip to the Pit… (with the Wytches)

When approached to photograph a Pit Party at a secret warehouse location in north London I learnt something about myself. The bit of me that said yes, more or less straight away, was clearly completely bonkers. You see a Pit Party involves a band playing in the round, there’s no stage, they’re surrounded by the…