It’s occurred to me that there were a couple of things missing off the blog from the other week. So now the smoke’s cleared a bit from Satellite 5, here’s a little extra news for you.
Firstly – new photos! Drowned In Sound have uploaded a selection of my shots from Emma Pollock‘s recent gig at the O2 Academy’s upstairs room the other week. If you’ve not heard any of her work post-Delgados, new record In Search of Harperfield really is a gem. Meantime, there’s a link to the photos below.
Secondly, the juries for this year’s British Fantasy Awards have been announced. For the first time, I’ll be joining the panel judging the Non-Fiction Award, completed by Martin Petto and Kev McVeigh. We’ve already had some interesting discussions, and I think I can speak for my fellow jury members in saying we’re looking forward to getting stuck in to the final shortlist. The winners will be announced at this year’s Fantasycon By the Sea, held by the British Fantasy Society over the weekend of 23rd – 25th September in Scarborough.
While I’m here, I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who made it along to the readings on Saturday night at last weekend’s Satellite 5 convention in Glasgow – as well as all those who had a hand in a splendid con. Many thanks also to Helen Sansum for this lovely photo, taken in the mid-way through a story about stories…
If you’ve been following my photography posts (search “photo” in the box at the top), you’ll know I’ve been a fairly industrious sort of a bee in 2015. I’ve shot a number of bands for Drowned In Sound‘s In Photos section, as well as for ma ainsel. With the year rushing to a close, here’s a recap of some of the shows I’ve shot this year with a slideshow of highlights.
This month’s excuse to sweat for Drowned In Sound came in the form of Maximo Park, as they celebrated the 10th anniversary of seminal debut album, A Certain Trigger.
Yep, another nostalgia fest, but as the hometown gig, one that definitely couldn’t be missed. A little older, maybe a little wiser, but it’s a wonderful what a good tune will do for a frontman’s ability to attempt leaping splits from a drum riser. Sadly no shots of that on here, but you’ll find a few of the band, plus support Beverley.
Hopefully I’ll have more DiS shots for you in the new year, but in the meantime, enjoy!
This was my first time seeing both bands live, but after hearing GJB from local photography collective Blank Slate raving about The Twilight Sad, I was particularly keen to catch their set – which I nearly missed, due to delayed trains. And I was glad to find they weren’t just a treat for the ears. There’s something quite thrilling about James Graham’s onstage performance in particular that’s almost at odds with the impression from the tailoring of their craft. Like something huge and terrifying is trying to escape through a singular tiny human body.
Regardless, you’ll find shots of both bands at the link below. Hope you enjoy them!
This was part of Poly Spree’s tour celebrating the 15th Anniversary of The Beginning Stages of… – the album that contained ‘Soldier Girl’ and ‘Reach for the Sun’. Their first shows over here in 12 years, and it was like they’d never been away. Coincidentally, DiS is also 15 years old this month – so happy birthday to them too! Photo link below.
Been a while since I shared some shots, hasn’t it? So how about a wee catch-up on the sets I’ve photographed in recent weeks? First up, this year’s Evolution Emerging Festival, which took place in venues across the wonderful Ouseburn valley back in May. Every year, North-East music development agency Generator dedicates a night to the best of the independent scene – it’s a great evening for discovering hidden gems. Having missed last year’s due to the Edinburgh Half-Marathon, I was well looking forward to getting stuck into some new, up-and-coming music – that and getting some shots too!
I’ve got a lot of respect for the work of mental health charity Mind, particularly within the North-East of England. However, I have to confess that’s not the only reason the recent charity gig was a fixture in my calendar. A rare set from Brilliant Mind, plus the promise of new album material from The Lake Poets? You’d have been nuts to have missed it.
Sadly I couldn’t make it down to the whole day, but it’s always a good night when you find a new spaced-out indie band – Coquin Migale, in this case. Brilliant Mind‘s joyful set, by contrast, had a much poppier vein, a sort of Smiths-meets-The-Beatiful-South-via-Shearwater vibe, but with a North-East bitterness to it. The highlight of the evening for me was still the ethereal harmonizing of Martin from The Lake Poets and Rebecca Young (aka This Little Bird). Tracks like ‘Black & Blue’ suggest that Martin’s recent recording time in Nashville wasn’t wasted — definitely a record that’s on my wishlist.
Here’s some shots I took of Coquin Migale, Brilliant Mind, and The Lake Poets. Enjoy!
Some rather more sedate news this time. I popped along to catch Richard Dawson‘s darkly brilliant hometown show the other week, shooting for Drowned in Sound. With support from Vibracathedral Orchestra, and the ruddy excellent Phil Tyler in a solo banjo set, it was a grand night out all round. And it really was a lovely way to say goodbye to the Star and Shadow’s old Ouseburn location too, before their upcoming move to Heaton later this year. Anyway, photos below…