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ArcTanGent 2015 – Thursday – The Beginning

If you’ve read my meagre ramblings about ArcTanGent festival now, you might know that it’s the third incarnation of this beast and also my third time there. What you might not know is I don’t get out to fields full of music much these days and this is the only festival I’ve been to since Supernormal in 2011 (which was also awesome by the way…). This is also the first year that I’ve had a proper press pass, thanks to the lovely Echoes and Dust.

The past two years were practically my perfect festival experience, summed up, basically three days of some very oddly beautiful music played by a right bunch of talented musicians and frequented by people there to listen, not (just) to get wasted and (in the overwhelmingly vast majority) not to behave like eedjits. Consequently, I was rather hopeful that this would be more of the same, but different none-the-less.

I was not disappointed in any way shape or form and while I may not personally have liked every band that played, I can certainly appreciate the talent, effort and energy put into each and every performance I saw over the weekend. Considering that I saw at least part of 45 bands’ sets at ArcTanGent this year, I figured that I’d split this up into a few posts so it didn’t get too much all at once…

Thursday: Returning Spectacles and Introducing Newcomers.

The Thursday at ATG is an extra, you’ll pay about a tenner extra to get in above the very reasonably priced weekend ticket. In my eyes, this is more than worth it. There was only a single stage running on the Thursday at the previous two ATGs, but this year a BBC Introducing stage was added in the smallest stage, so we had the PX3 stage with some new bands as well as Yokhai with favourites from previous years up and running from about 3pm onwards.

 Alpha Male Tea Party – Yokhai

Seen this bunch of nutcases many times before, and will likely see them many times again. Fantastic catchy, mathy, energetic awesomeness with some of the best bass face in the world. Love these guys to bits. They’re also good friends with Cleft and played a rather awesome riff medley together as their set came to an end and Cleft’s set started. You can even watch it in all it’s rifftastic glory here!

Cleft – Yokhai

How do one guitarist and one drummer make this much awesome noise? Beats the life out of me, but I’m baffled in an entirely positive way. Brilliant band (and two of the nicest people you’ll meet to boot…).

Memory Of Elephants – BBC Introducing (PX3)

Not a band that I’d heard before, so they were a very pleasant discovery for me, leanings towards post rock in places and mathy in others, nice and heavy indeed. They share a bass player with Leg who I found out about afterwards and are also awesome.

Mylets – Yokhai

One from the venerable and excellent Sargent House label. One young guy and an awful lot of pedals, electronics and raw talent. I’m very much in two minds though, I really want to like it, it think the music is fantastic, innovative, clever and incredibly well put together. His voice , however, is a little too much for me. Absolutely incredible talent though.

Iran Iran – BBC Introducing (PX3)

These guys played last year at ATG, good to see them back as well. Complicated poly-rhythmic mathy goodness which comes across beautifully live.

Mutiny On The Bounty – Yokhai

One of the most energetic live bands I’ve ever seen. Saw them touring in Manchester earlier this year so I knew what to expect and wasn’t disappointed, they put on a fantastic show here as well. Instrumental, riffy math for those of you like that kind of thing.

Hysterical Injury – BBC Introducing (PX3)

Decribing themselves as alternative, grunge and noisepop, I’m genuinely not sure whether they are any of these things. They are a two piece consisting of bass, drums and vocal, and they do make a mighty and very entertaining noise. I really enjoyed their set. Some images from around the tent and general shenanigans in this lot as well…

LITE – Yokhai

Japanese, bubbly, enthusiastic, forward looking and exuberant math rock. A welcome return after last year’s performance, got the crowd bouncing in a welcome warm up for what was to come…

Oxygen Thief – BBC Introducing (PX3)

Played at the first ATG as a solo set with acoustic guitar, back this year as a full band, headlining the BBC Introducing stage to a fully packed and overflowing tent, much more raucous than the last time, somewhat more matured and eased into their material. A great performance.

65daysofstatic – Yokhai

65daysodstatic. What more can I say, they did what they do and they do it very well indeed. There were a couple of technical hitches in the set, and with the amount of electronics they employ, I’m surprised there weren’t more, any gaps were deftly and somewhat bizarrely filled by a politically charged tirade against the tory goverment. It seemed to go down OK though, and the music that surrounded their words was done with their usual aplomb. A great way to round off a fantastic start to another year of ArcTanGent.

 

So, the only band that I missed (at least all bar their last song) were AK/DK, I had to get some lunch at some point after all. They sounded fantastic from where I was eating my pizza anyhow, I just don’t have any photographic evidence… Do check them out though if you’re into two drummers and a boatload of home-made analogue synthy goodness. Excellent stuff all round really!

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Poor, neglected blog… (And a new album cover!)

So, the last proper post on here was in October 2014.

That means roughly 11 months of being a tiny little bit rubbish about keeping the blog side of this site going. Life does tend to get in the way at times, not bad things, I hasten to add…

I’ve actually had another album cover with my photography on it, commissioned by the ever charming Charlie Barnes for his album More Stately Mansions which, by all accounts is a beautiful piece of work. Highly, highly recommended if you like that big morbid death pop kinda thing… Also, you’ll notice a few more of mine being used as his press shots and for an upcoming single as well.

 

In other news, I seem to have been doing a rather significant number of gig shoots for the rather wonderful Echoes and Dust. If you’re at all into the weird and wonderful ends of the various musical spectra, it would be more than worth your while to drop across there and check them out for reviews, features, gig suggestions, and photos. If you’re interested, you can find the last 15 or so of my contributions to them here, or just all of the E&D photos here

It’s also reached that time of year again when the annual pilgrimage to ArcTanGent has now happened, photos of mine are starting to appear on Echoes and Dust, and a full run down will appear on here in time. Watch this space, it’s going to be worth it…

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Lowdown & Thirty

One of the types of photography that I really enjoy is music photography, be that live bands or clubbing. I’ve also been lucky enough to regularly do the photos for the rather excellent Manchester club night called Lowdown & Dirty.

Well, it so happens that Lowdown & Dirty has both its 30th night this Saturday (26th Jan 2013), but that night is the 3rd Birthday night as well! It’s going to be a heavy one with a couple of favourites of mine headlining, Elite Force from U&A Records, and Metha, a leading participant in the Be Massive parties in Hungary.

Anyhow, as this will be their 30th show, and the 26th that I’ve done photos for, I thought that I’d put together a (not so) little selection of my favourites from the last three years! It really brought back some memories going through the 5000 or so best photos from all those nights out!

Long may they continue, happy Lowdown & Thirty!

Hope you enjoy having a look through them as much as I did taking them!

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A little something to round off the year…

No particular one subject for this post really, 2012 has been a very busy year indeed, so I thought that I’d go through the best that I’d shot of the year and choose roughly 20 or so to sum it all up. Of course, being me, I completely failed to choose 20 photos, so here’s just over 60 (digital and film from a variety of cameras…) that sum up 2012 for me…

They’re not necessarily all tack sharp, but for me, every one of them says something about that moment, portraying the atmosphere; the fun; just the stuff that was happening around me over the course of the year.

After all, in 2012, we’ve had another child, a loft conversion, the other child’s grown a year older, I’ve been to loads of pretty damned awesome gigs, met some bonkers people and spent a lot of time with a lot of good friends and my brilliant family. A pretty busy year all in all!

Thank you 2012, you’ve been great, now, bring on 2013!

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Of course the other thing that happened was Movember, when I shaved off my usual Mo to grow another. I only got the first 18 days of stop MOtion (sorry) growth, but I reckon that was enough, so here’s a little special treat(?) for you all!

The first 18 days of (re)growing my mo!

18 days of mo growth is enough for anyone!

Have a great Christmas and New Year and I’ll see you all in 2013!

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This City Is Ours

 

Blood Boy, DJing at This City Is Ours

This City Is Ours.

Well, that goes without saying really, we live here after all.

It’s a wonderful, friendly little phrase which invites you in with this lovely feeling of warmth and belonging.

Quite a coincidence really as there’s a regular monthly club night of the same name that engenders precisely the same kind of feelings.

For me, This City Is Ours is one of Manchester’s hidden musical gems. Small, yes, but bright enough with talent, aesthetics and a wonderful sense of the not quite normal that it can sometimes outshine the sun with all of it’s twinkly goodness.

Run by a collection of local artists, this night draws on the talent of the electronic underground in Manchester and across the UK (and occasionally the world) bringing a wide selection of wonderfully glitchy, different electronica to your ears. I’ve heard influences from mid 90’s ambience to post-dubstep to glitch to breakcore to stuff that I wouldn’t dare categorise. All of it, however, has been of a quality that you don’t often find in one place, let alone on a single night. And all done without the slightest hint of pretentiousness.

Anyhow, suffice to say, it’s well worth seeking out if you like your electronics. Oh, and they seem to have a record label too, you might want to check that out I reckon.

They also have a wonderful VJ who’s bonkers projections turn the drabbest of spaces into their own special brand of psychedelics, just see the photos below…

 

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For the full set of photos from this night, please see the gallery on my facebook page.

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