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59 – TINS ON TOAST Launch Party featuring ‘Tribes’ and ‘Dexters’

‘Tins on Toast’ is a brand new Club Night at the Purple Turtle (Camden) on Monday nights featuring the best up and coming bands from across the country and Resident DJs: Steve Harris & Liam Young (XFM), Ed Wilder (Club NME) and Bandangos.

Here are some images from the ‘Tins on Toast’ Launch Party featuring ‘Dexters’ and an exclusive one-off acoustic set by ‘Tribes’ (as a 3-piece), who have been enjoying the success of their new album ‘Baby’.

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Dexters:

“Groups of good time boys and girls, musicians and renegades, vampires and vagabonds throughout the country are rooted in the same, unenviable and rudimentary limbo, frantically scheming, delicately lock-picking and audaciously plotting for the next strike for gold. Dexters have the master keys to that lock.”

(Info obtained from Dexter’s facebook page here)

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Tribes:

www.tribesband.com

Tribes’ new album ‘Baby’ can be purchased from itunes here

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49 – ‘Ruby Surge’, ‘Aestrid’ and ‘Hollywood Tramp’

Ruby Surge:

Ruby Surge’s facebook page here

“Emerging from the depths of a drinking town in West Wales is a gang of five lads armed with anthemic, rocking tunes to break free from the shackles of mundane life.
Ruby Surge have been going for a little over 18 months, carefully crafting and strengthening their stomping set while playing gigs across the South Wales area.
Trapped by the quicksand effect of small town life, the boys are intent on making a better life for themselves through music, while aiming to improve the lives of others, if only for a three-minute song or a 45-minute show.
“Music is our way out, it’s a constructive way of day dreaming, if you like,” said lyricist Lee MacGregor.
“A lot of our tunes are written as a form of escapism – looking at the positives you can get from life, how things can get better, and they can.
“But we’re human, so others are written in anger. Times are hard, people are struggling and we feel it as much as the next person. But, again, from that we’re taking positives by writing songs, rather than smashing windows and filling our boots.”
Frontman Mathew Morris Jones emphasises the importance of playing live.
“There’s no better feeling than watching people really getting into your band’s tunes, even singing them back to you – at that point you know you are making a difference,” he said.
“Rock ’n’ Roll is not about the sex and drugs and all those clichés, it’s about having it on stage, giving people a break from their lives.” ”

(Biography info obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Aestrid:

www.aestrid.com

“Founding member, Bo Menning delivers a sound that could be categorised as something like Indie music. Songs patched together by many different sounds, picked carefully and each placed in the right puzzle. Creating something intense and emotional with melodies flying around like sparks. Like tracks that start off with the sound of a lonely choirboy echoeing down the hall, followed by a build up to where the heavens meet the stars and crashing into a patchwork of melodies that keep on expanding and expanding. In the process of songwriting Menning works purely from his broken memories and images that got stuck somewhere in him as he’s trying to re-assemble them in sound. You can taste the feeling escape in the songs as you picture yourself in the woods along with Menning’s highly emotive mix of sounds and vocals. This all results in an intense, at times blood-curling, live performance, playing with a whole range of elctronics and acoustic sounds.

For the last 3 years Bo Menning has been locked away from the world in his Omega Studio working on Aestrid’s 2nd album. Creating this bubble around himself had its ups and downs, but something pure and unique. That’s for sure.

Aestrid released their first album in 2005: ‘In d’Esprit Pornographique’, which was well received with a lot of positive reviews. The new album, ‘The Echo Resistance’ has been mixed at Real World Studios in Box, UK, by Marco Migliari (New Order, Massive Attack, Sigur Ros, Peter Gabriel, K’s Choice) and will be released in early 2011.”

(Biography info obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Hollywood Tramp:

www.myspace.com/hollywoodtrampmusic

“Hollywood Tramp are four young musicians with a desire to create music that takes elements of the familiar and turn it into something new.  Now close friends, the band came together through mutual friends and a genuine love for music, forming in the Summer of 2009.  Hollywood Tramp draw influence’s from all spheres of music and that is reflected in the playing style of each member.  On lead vocals, rhythm guitar and piano/keyboards is Sean Colley. The front-man, founder member and chief songwriter.  Philip Swan plays lead guitarist and backing vocalist. Akin to Amadeus Mozart, Phil’s first gig was at the age of seven.  Steven Dent is Hollywood Tramp’s bass player extraordinaire. Steve often occupies a place next to Phil on backing vocals and is quite adept on the cello too.  Holding the whole operation together is Drummer/percussionist Rowan Cox, who’s drumming style has been forged by a heavy influence of Hip-Hop. Having picked up his first pair of drumsticks aged 9, he hasn’t looked back since.”

(Biography info obtained from the band’s facebook page)


48 – ‘Krossbreed’, ‘Bletchley Park’ and ‘The Insight’

Krossbreed:

www.krossbreed.be

“KROSSBREED stands for non-compromising metal. It’s a mixture of 4 different minds and 4 different ideas about metal formed into one hard and heavy unit, in other words a crossbreed of their own creativity.

KROSSBREED was formed in 2003 in Antwerp, Belgium. KROSSBREED has no real boundaries, what leads to a style of metal that is hard to name. But one thing we can agree on is that it’s a band that will take you to every corner of the metal world. Going from fast ripping riffs to catchy mind breaking tempos, KROSSBREED has it all.”

(Biography info obtained from the band’s facebook page)


Check out Krossbreed‘s Music video for “Ashes of Tomorrow” – a song from their album “3 Cheers for the Misery”:

Bletchley Park:

www.myspace.com/bletchleyparkband

“Bletchley Park is growing to become a high-aspiring band in the indie scene. Highly influenced by bands Editors, Interpol and Bloc Party amongst others, the female-fronted quintet has produced a distinctive sound that continues to catch the interest of many.”
An indie rock band with a particular sound in mind, one you are to discover.

Bletchley Park first took its novel tunes out of the garage during the Rookie’s Battle of the Bands of June 2009 which brought together (or against each other) twelve bands from contrasting genres. The band made its way through to the finals until it was announced winner of gigs in Copenhagen, Denmark and of a production project with renowned British producer Paul Powell.
The band started off its in-studio experience with David Vella, from Temple Studios Malta, who left a trail of his musicality in five original pieces: ‘Alien’, ‘Dust’, ‘Hold The Trap’, ‘The Last Star’ and ‘Fake Smiles’.

The first single released – ‘Alien’ – was in the Maltese charts for over 12 weeks and hit the number 1 spot on XFM’s Homegrown chart and Bay Radio’s Malta’s Top 10 chart. ‘Alien’ is currently being aired on UK Radio 10 – The Varmint show:www.varmintshow.net
In the mean time, the band was promoting its music through a number of public appearances on TV shows and radio interviews while having press releases published in the printed media.

Bletchley Park’s second single ‘Hold the Trap’ has also made it to the top place in the local charts – Bay Radio’s Malta’s Top 10 & also those of the Malta Music Charts(Smash).

Bletchley Park have been nominated for the Best New Artist Award of the Malta Music Awards 2009 honouring their achievements in just a few months.

The band has myriad plans for the coming years, the nearest being rocking Copenhagen and production of an album with Paul Powell during Summer 2010 in Ibiza.”

(Biography info obtained from the band’s facebook page)

The Insight:

www.theinsight.eu

“The insight est un groupe breton, de rennes plus exactement …le style musical est dans la lignée de The Cure, Joy Division, Interpol.

La nouvelle vague bretonne écume à nouveau les terres arides de nos platines. Et Rennes retrouve son statut de scène innovante quelque peu égarée depuis Marquis de Sade. L’intermède des Transmusicales ne faisant qu’importer une fois l’an un savoir faire trop bien caché. The Insight a en revanche choisi la langue de Shakespeare pour convoler en juste noce avec la créativité. Une différence de taille qui pénalise d’entrée toute diffusion radio, trop dépendante des quotas « chanson française ». Oui, côté musique, il ne suffit pas de naître en France pour être français. Et si The Insight chantait en Breton, ils seraient français ? Allez savoir… Côté influences, la bonne pioche serait les cartes Cure et Joe Division à n’en pas douter.”

(Biography info obtained from the band’s facebook page)


33 – ‘Cult With No Name’, ‘Evaney’, ‘SpyGenius’ and ‘Statuesque’

Cult With No Name:

www.myspace.com/cwnn

“‘Post-punk electronic balladeers’ Cult With No Name, comprise the East London duo of Erik Stein and Jon Boux.  Having been the first international signing to LA label Trakwerx in 2007 (founded by Jackson Del Rey of Californian punk legends ‘Savage Republic’), ‘Cult With No Name’s two studio albums to date – ‘Paper Wraps Rock’ and ‘Careful What You Wish For’ – have been met with considerable critical acclaim.
Leading UK music journalist Mick Mercer proclaimed the band his discovery of 2007 (with both albums sitting in his subsequent annual top ten lists), Blaine L. Reininger of genre-transcending legends ‘Tuxedomoon’ collaborated on their second album, Don Letts spun tracks on BBC6, and more recently Brett Anderson (Suede) asked ‘Cult With No Name’ to open for him for the launch of his new album.

Having provided the music for two blacker than black comedies at the Edinburgh festival (‘Moz and the Meal’ and ‘Bored Stiff’), it’s fitting that ‘Cult With No Name’ turned their attention to cinema for their first DVD release, ‘Lightwerx: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’.  Cult With No Name’s compulsive and compelling soundtrack extends their ability to instantly create evocative moods over 51 breathtaking minutes, on a journey that takes in mystical ambience, nerve-shredding distortion, popular and unpopular song, electronica, and vast, futurist soundscapes. ”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Evaney:

www.myspace.com/evaneymusic

 

SpyGenius:

www.spygenius.co.uk

“An electric 4 piece band who use a 60s vocabulary to craft 21st century music with a postmodern twist.

If you appreciate the jangle-meistering of the Byrds and Beatles, the harmonies of Crosby, Stills and Nash and the lyrical wit of Robyn Hitchcock, you’ll love Spygenius.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s Official Website)

Statuesque:

www.myspace.com/statuesquemusic

 

 


32 – Congratulations to ‘Twin Brother’ and ‘Rams’ Pocket Radio’

Congratulations to Twin Brother and Rams’ Pocket Radio who have recently announced that they will be appearing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.  Over the past six months, I have photographed Twin Brother and Rams’ Pocket Radio and the images have been featured on this LondonUnsignedMusic Blog.

They will both play on the ‘BBC Introducing’ stage which showcases brand new musical talent from across the country and is a great opportunity for the bands to perform at the world-famous festival.

Twin Brother will be performing on Friday 24th June 2011 and Rams’ Pocket Radio will perform on Saturday 25th June 2011.  If you are heading down to Glastonbury, be sure to check them out!!

Meanwhile, here are a few images of their performances that I photographed earlier this year:

Twin Brother performing in Camden (January 2011)

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Rams’ Pocket Radio performing in Kentish Town (May 2011):

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Twin Brother: www.myspace.com/twinbrotheruk

Rams’ Pocket Radio: www.myspace.com/ramspocketradio


27 – ‘Boy Mandeville’, ‘Safari’, ‘Raquels’ and ‘Lion Tops’

Boy Mandeville:

www.myspace.com/boymandeville

(No biography info available on the artist’s website)


Safari:

www.thisissafari.co.uk

(No biography info available on the artist’s website)


Raquels:

www.myspace.com/raquelsofficial

“Raquels are are four piece indie band based in Basildon, Essex. Being from a place so sinonymous with crime, violence and all the spoils of the nouveau riche you can’t help but feel it has had an unquestionable influence on their music. Dark and brooding like the history surrounding the Basildon club from which they take their name with sharp glacial guitar sounds, drum beats faster than a Ford XR2 & a vocal delivery so honest you cannot doubt the twisted tales of everyday life in a typical new town.”

Lion Tops:

www.liontops.co.uk


25 – ‘Club Smith’, ‘Dustland’, ‘Southern’, and ‘Gorgeous George’

Club Smith:

www.clubsmith.co.uk

(No biography info available on the artist’s website)


Dustland:

www.Dustland.co.uk

(No biography info available on the artist’s website)



Southern:

www.myspace.com/thisissouthernmusic

“Hailing from Belfast, Southern are a musical trio consisting of siblings Thom and Lucy Southern and one of the best exports of the past 12 months. Lead vocalist and songwriter Thom Southern got his start busking around Belfast and Dublin for pocket money. At the tender age of 17 he won ‘Belfast Busker of the Year Award’ which gave him a coveted slot in the Belfast Nashville festival. Through the festival he won the ‘Katherine Brick Award’ for ‘Young Songwriter of the Year’. Soon afterwards Thom joined together with his sister Lucy and their childhood friend Jonny Lee.

It was not long afterwards that Southern began to make a big impact on the Belfast and Dublin music scene playing with well-known artists such as John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Steve Harley, Nanci Griffith, John Hannen, Benitta Hill and Iain Archer.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Gorgeous George:

www.gorgeousgeorgetheband.tumblr.com

“Gorgeous George play a mixture of balkan folk, eastern european jewish klezmer, and manouche jazz, with cockney voices and lyrics about overtime, saturday afternoon results and everyone wearing the same bloody aftershave. bonjour.

We like eastern europe and south west london and we’re here to unite the two.

We are currently working hard on our debut EP ‘Dangle The Carrot’ for a mid-may release and doing lots and lots of gigs.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)


19 – ‘Arms of Atlas’, ‘LeCarla’ and ‘Eat Off Your Arms’

Arms of Atlas:

www.armsofatlas.co.uk

Arms of Atlas‘s ‘Hour of the Night’ Official Music Video:

LeCarla:

www.lecarla.co.uk

Check out LeCarla‘s Official Music Video for their debut track ‘DILLIGAF’ which was released in May of last year:

Eat Off Your Arms:

www.myspace.com/eatoffyourarms

Check out Eat Off Your Arm‘s video for their song ‘Sit and Grin’:


17 – ‘Tankus The Henge’, ‘Kitty Junkbrother’, and ‘Doyle & The Fourfathers’

Tankus The Henge:

www.tankusthehenge.com

“The world of Tankus the Henge is uplifting and wild, dark and heartfelt.
A five piece powerhouse of a band drawing visual and musical influences from old time Fairgrounds to modern day Circus; The Beatles to Tom Waits and Gogol Bordello to Radiohead, they embody a look and a sound that lies somewhere between their South East London home and the carnival town of New Orleans.

With their charismatic frontman, Jaz Delorean, looking like a lost character from a Terry Gilliam film and the pump and grind of the Tankus the Henge sound generating a groove that makes it impossible to stand still, their live show ebbs and flows like a small boat on a turbulent sea.

Any other band who billed themselves as “the most fantastic band in the world” would rightly quake in their boots at having to live up to such fanfare. Tankus the Henge defy you to contradict them!”

(quote obtained from the band’s official website)


Kitty Junkbrother:

www.myspace.com/kittyjunkbrother

“KittyJunkBrother was made in Camden. Hair is her own. She likes her cat Brian and days in which she is not under any obligation to do anything. Freedom to dine on the stars overhead and sing songs about lovers that fled; that is what a JunkBrother likes. To travel the world with a dime in your shoe, got no time for the system that seems to fuck you.”

(quote obtained from the artist’s myspace page)


Doyle & The Fourfathers:

www.dt4f.get-ctrl.com

“Doyle & The Fourfathers are a Southampton based band who formed in September 2009. The band consists of Lead singer and songwriter William Doyle, Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Ben Clark, Bassist Michael Goozee and Drummer Alex Urch.

Inspired by all great and enduring artists of the last 60 years, the band’s sound is a refreshingly honest coalescence of nostalgia and innovation. Their music presents a diverse sonic palette, yet is always underpinned by assured and evocative songcraft.

The band’s most notable successes of 2010 include performing at the triumphant ‘Save 6 Music’ protest gig at the 229 Club in London and playing a live session for Marc Riley on his BBC 6 Music show, as well as gaining recognition from other DJs on the station. The band have also built up a modest yet passionate fanbase in a short space of time.

Having released their single ‘The Governor of Giving Up’ on October 4th 2010, Doyle & The Fourfathers have finished recording their first full-length album, “Man Made” the release of which will be supported by a UK tour in early 2011.”

(quote obtained from the band’s official website)

Check out ‘Doyle & The Fourfathers’ performing on BBC Radio earlier this year:


16 – ‘The Dallas Guild’, ‘The Jons’, ‘Lennox’ and ‘Raven Beats Crow’

The Dallas Guild:

www.myspace.com/thedallasguild

“The Dallas Guild was one of the few unsigned bands to soundtrack a major TV ad campaign with their self-released single Men in White Coats…

Bridging an unlikely prog/pop highway of Pink Floyd’s 70s soundscape psychedelia and ELO’s punchy synth drenched pop songs, The Dallas Guild have just put the finishing
touches to their debut album ”Hello Darkness” and recently returned from supporting MGMT and LCD Soundsystem in Israel.”

(biography info obtained from The Dallas Guild’s facebook page).

The Dallas Guild performing in Israel whilst supporting MGMT and LCD Soundsystem:

The Jons:

www.the-jons.co.uk

“The Jons exploded onto the scene in 2009 and have steadily been gaining fans and throwing parties ever since.

Their first single ‘Walk Towards The People’ was released by Pirates Press Records in time for their storming performance at the final of the 2010 Live and Unsigned Competition, where they were crowned the runners up, beating over 10,000 other musicians to the honour. Competition judge Noddy Holder described the boys as ‘a band you’d want at your party’.”

(Biography Info obtained from The Jon’s Official facebook page).

Lennox:

www.thisislennox.com

“Female fronted rock with balls of steel and hearts of gold, Lennox formed only in June 2010 from the remains of 2 local bands – but quickly turned the new line-up into something very special…

Lennox went to Surrey in October to record their 4 track EP with Matt O’Grady, producer for You Me At Six, The Blackout and Deaf Havana to name a few and have come back to their hometown fighting to get noticed and spread the word that Lennox have arrived, and they won’t be going anywhere!”

(Biography Info obtained from Lennox’s Official facebook page).

Raven Beats Crow:

www.myspace.com/ravenbeatscrow



15 – ‘Jonny Cola & the A-Grades’, ‘Holy Coves’, ‘Shiva’ and ‘Retraplayer’

Jonny Cola & The A-Grades:

www.jonnycolaandtheagrades.net

Holy Coves:

www.myspace.com/holycoves

Shiva:

www.shiva.org.uk

Retraplayer:

www.myspace.com/retraplayer


13 – ‘The Usual Pleasures’, ‘Ray Edwards’, ‘The Merry Gang’ and ‘Screen Violence’

The Usual Pleasures:

www.myspace.com/theusualpleasures

Ray Edwards:

www.rayedwardsmusic.com

The Merry Gang:

www.myspace.com/themerrygang

Screen Violence:


12 – ‘Cairo Son’, ‘The Palace of Justice’, and ‘Hot Monocles’

Cairo Son:

www.cairoson.com

The Palace of Justice:

www.myspace.com/thepalaceofjustice

Hot Monocles:

www.hotmonocles.com


11 – ‘In Like Flynn’, ‘Bwani Junction’, ‘King With No Throne’ and ‘Drafts’

In Like Flynn:

www.myspace.com/inlikeflynntheband

Congratulations to ‘In Like Flynn’ on entering the UK Unsigned Top 40 Chart at No.36 with their track “Johnny Brooker”!  Check it out on their myspace!

Bwani Junction:

www.myspace.com/theband411

King With No Throne:

www.kingwithnothrone.com

Drafts:

www.myspace.com/DraftsUK


08 – ‘I Love Zagreb’, ‘Jakil’, ‘Beneath The Beach, The Pavement’ and ‘BlackWater”

I Love Zagreb:

www.myspace.com/ilovezagreb

Jakil:

www.myspace.com/jakilonline

Beneath The Beach, The Pavement:

www.myspace.com/beneaththebeach

BlackWater:

www.myspace.com/blackwateruk


04 – ‘Foley Artist’, ‘Alkmaar’, ‘ 10p Short’, and ‘Harry & Alfie’

Hello everyone, Happy New Year!  This is the first blog post of 2011 and the first bands/artists that I have photographed in this new year.  There will be plenty more to come!

Foley Artist:

www.myspace.com/foleyartistmusic

Alkmaar:

www.myspace.com/alkmaarmusic

10p Short:

www.10pshort.com

Harry and Alfie:

www.harryandalfie.com

Also, check out their TV appearance on the 2010 All-Ireland Talent Show here


01 – Recent Bands…

The first gig I photographed professionally was in October 2009 and since then I have photographed a variety of bands at a wide range of venues.  Around Camden, Islington, Shoreditch and Kilburn, every venue is different.  Personally, I’m not a believer in using ‘flash’ when doing live music photography.  It can be distracting to the performer(s) and it also has the potential to drown out some of the atmospheric stage lighting.  Sometimes though, when used appropriately and correctly, it can work to the photographer’s advantage.  Some venues are very dark; even on the stage, and I think these places are the best locations for any photographer to practice and test their technical abilities.  After all, I believe that testing conditions determine how good we really are.  A photographer can be in a studio all day long with full control over everything from lighting, backgrounds, props etc and not be tested.  On-location shoots, such as gigs are the ones that are always different and test me…plus they get my adrenaline going too.

Here is a selection of a few Live Music Photos that I’ve taken recently.

AmberSuit:

www.myspace.com/ambersuit

Live @ The Workshop

Live @ The Workshop

Live @ The Workshop

Live @ The Enterprise

Live @ The Enterprise

Live @ The Good Ship

Live @ The Good Ship


DeepSeaGreen:

www.deepseagreen.co.uk

DeepSeaGreen’s latest album can be purchased from itunes here


The Glass Child:

www.myspace.com/charlotteeriksson


The New Outfit:

www.myspace.com/thenewoutfit


Pearl Jammed (Tribute Band to ‘Pearl Jam’):

www.myspace.com/apjtribute




Absolute Bowie

(Tribute Band to ‘David Bowie’):

www.absolutebowie.net