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The Wytches, IC1s, a bit of this and a lot of that

Good day giggage readers!  Last few weeks have been super hectic with photog work, club nights and live music, and it looks set to continue at least until mid-December.  I am NOT complaining!  Here’s a quick roundup of what’s been going down in giggage-town lately, and what’s coming up soon.

One of the best new bands I’ve seen in a long time I saw twice in the last two weeks – The Wytches.  Get onto these guys if you haven’t already, noisy guitars, dark vocals and gloomy bass lines.  Bring on an album next year (crosses fingers).  Here’s my review on Shout4Music, and a few ‘unseen’ photos below.

I also caught IC1s recently, at both Heaven (supporting The Family Rain – love those guys) and The Macbeth in Hoxton.  They’ve been kicking around for a couple years but starting to get a buzz around them after supporting a few big name bands.  Another review on Shout4Music here, and more photos below!

Keep an eye on the blog in the next couple days/week for photos of The Courteeners (shot them at O2 Shepherd’s Bush last night – AMAZING – Liam Fray is a delight to photograph!), a band with some history, The Damned at The Roundhouse, and a band you should all check out, Damn Vandals at The Dublin Castle (lotta ‘damn!’-ing coming up).

After that, looks like a bit of a break in transmission for the Christmas/New Year period.  What are we all doing?  Anything exciting?  For me, the only place to be on NYE will have to be Nuis@nce, upstairs at The Enterprise in Chalk Farm.  Bound to be a fun evening of Britpop, indie and pop rock tunes.  What could be better?!

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Cool Britannia, Fiddlers Elbow 19 April 2013

Another month, another excellent Cool Britannia.  This was one of the best Cool Britannia nights I’ve been to so far I think, four fantastic bands, loads of interesting and friendly punters and happy times all around.  This month saw The Repeat Offenders, The Brompton Mix, Marmalade Sky and Deadbeat Echoes take to the Fiddler’s Elbow stage.  I’d not seen any of the bands playing this month before either, which was a bonus.  Always happy to go along and take pics at Cool Britannia because not only are the bands always decent, Gina and Jess (who run the nights) are the loveliest people you’ll ever meet.  Helps that they have fantastic taste and knowledge in mod/baggy/indie/Britpop/Madchester bands too I guess!  There was a certain Rick Buckler (aka drummer from The Jam) hanging around the bar for a while as well, keeping a keen eye on The Brompton Mix, who he manages.  Engineered a quick snap of him with the help of some plucky regulars (thanks Pete & Vanisha!), although he was really quite lovely anyway.  After the bands had finished a few of them hung around for a while and danced and drank and laughed and fell over, until we were all very politely rounded up and shown the door at around 1am.  Can’t wait for the next one!

I was using my Canon EOS 1000D with all three of its lenses over the course of the evening: 50mm, 18mm – 55mm and 75mm – 300mm.  I probably used the 50 the most for the band shots, and the 18-55 for punter shots.  The lighting isn’t brilliant at Fidler’s Elbow, but instead of using the flash (I hate that), I upped the ISO to as high as it goes – 1600 for this camera.  Enjoy!

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