Sunday, November 30, 2008

darkness and light
in the last week (of november) i watched some dark gigs (lighting-wise). one in a house cellar lit by candles and fairy lights. and one in a church lit by the lights of a christmas tree (i reiterate - in november... surely too early for that kind of thing??). the first gig was with library tapes, winter north atlantic and fieldhead. the second with (amongst others) the declining winter and the amber sleep. for two gigs of a similar ilk, the venues couldn't have been more different...
cellar gig:

church gig:

more pics on flickr. x

Thursday, November 20, 2008

leeds / tigers that talked / james yates
i love leeds. especially the mornings as the sun is rising and the city is waking. there are some amazing skies and i often take a mental photo of the city skyline on my bus journey into town (at ridiculous o'clock) and then again on the train out of town (at slightly less ridiculous-o'clock).
and this post is about leeds. leeds bands that i have actually taken photos of in leeds (and not just mental photos). although one of them isn't actually a current resident of leeds, but let's not worry about that...
tigers that talked supported micah p hinson two months ago at the lovely holy trinity church but i only got around to sorting out their pics this month. the first time i saw them (at the faversham) i was quite taken with them and this venue suited them much better i thought. it seems they've been getting a lot of airplay recently which is all good. (i'll save the story about how they might have inspired mine and min's animal-related imaginary record label till another time shall i?)

james yates is the other leeds (non-leeds, now berlin) musician i took photos of recently, this time at the packhorse. james had a ridiculous amount of gear-related wires to sort out, of which there was a great shot as he was setting up (mental photo only). and he had a wonderful red* book with notes, presumably telling him which button to twiddle next. it all looked very complicated and looked and sounded quite amazing. (*i seem to remember it being red, maybe it wasn't.)

more pics from both nights on flickr.