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dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Friday, June 30th, 2017 05:33 pm
Back in May, I headed up to the Dublin Castle in Camden for an eclectic evening put on by BugBear. Unfortunately, traffic meant that I arrived just as the second band were leaving the stage. The Dublin Castle has a comfortable front bar, and then a double-door at the back corner leads into a dark venue. (And I know that this is a common complaint of photographers, but it was really rather a dark venue - which is why a large number of the photos are in black-and-white, as I switched to that to cope with the lighting.)

The first band that I managed to catch were Near Death Experience, an experienced four-piece rock band. They were followed by Amongst Animals, a youthful three-piece indie rock act from North London. And then the evening's headliner, Alixandrea Corvyn (with her backing band, dubbed the Corvynistas). Alixandrea may be better known to some as the vocalist with Last July, and has also provided vocals for Rhombus, among other acts. As a solo project, she performs covers, giving an extra spoonful of gothic to tracks that often started on the cusp of goth. Unfortunately, one of the band had to be substituted at the last minute, but, other than a very occasional "Which key are we doing this in?" query before songs, you could hardly see the join.

As usual, photos free to use - please credit Simon Landmine.

Near Death Experience

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Amongst Animals

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Alixandrea Corvyn

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All Amongst Animals photos

All Alixandrea Corvyn photos
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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 04:43 pm
Elegant Decadence's second event of the year

La Chanson Noire - A three-piece together on stage for the first time, with the Portuguese singer and pianist joined by a drummer and guitarist, playing what has been described as chamber goth, although they might have benefited slightly from a darker and more intimate venue for their sound.

Rhombus - The first time back in London for a while for the Yorkshire-based five-piece playing in the classic gothic rock vein, combining male and female vocals with danceable tunes and catchy choruses.

As usual, photos free to use please credit Simon Landmine.


La Chanson Noire
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Rhombus
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All Rhombus photos
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dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 10:51 am
Popped down to the Oval Tavern on a Saturday evening, as some friends had said they were heading over to see at act that they'd seen elsewhere (and the Oval tends to be a nice place to be, anyway). Took the camera along, just because (although the Oval can be challenging for photography!)

The Silver Darlings - A folk-ish act, performing the songs of their lead singer/songwriter (who also performs solo).

Sieben - A violinist performing live looping of violin, vocals, and various percussive noises created on the violin, a style reminiscent of Jordan Reyne or Jo Quail. His most recent album, The Old Magic also raised faint comparisons to Wardruna. (As an additional bonus, he gave out copies of some of his earlier CDs, too.)

As usual, photos free to use please credit Simon Landmine.


The Silver Darlings
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Sieben
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All Sieben photos
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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 09:27 am
The first Elegant Decadence event of 2017, at Nambucca.

Nine Day Decline - post-punk goth three-piece.

The Ghost of Lemora - the long-running alternative act have had a bit of a change of line-up since their last album, with new a drummer, keyboardist, and bassist, and slightly heavier sound than before.

Manuskript - scene stalwarts, Manuskript attracted a number of their dedicated fans to this, their first London gig for a while, for their particular brand of energetic goth.

As usual, photos free to use please credit Simon Landmine.


Nine Day Decline
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The Ghost of Lemora
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Manuskript
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All The Ghost of Lemora photos

All Manuskript photos
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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 11:16 am
Less than a month after Friday night's photos!

Saturday night at Whitby Goth Weekend November 2016 featured Chasing Dragons, Children On Stun, Skeletal Family, and The Mission, all of whom have played WGW before - although for some, it's been quite a while! The Mission, notably, played substantially extended sets to mark their return after so many years, with Evi Vine on additional vocals.


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Chasing Dragons

Children On Stun

Skeletal Family

The Mission

(As usual, feel free to share these images with the bands, and they're welcome to use any of them (please credit as Simon Landmine).)
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 06:39 pm
Yes, it's less than two months since the event, and I've got the first night's photos up. And all before April's bands have been announced.

Anyhow, without vast amounts of further ado, Friday night at Whitby Goth Weekend November 2016 featured Kitty In A Casket, Manuskript, Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic, and Heaven 17 - all of whom seemed very happy to be performing for the crowd, which has a great effect on the atmosphere. There was also an outbreak of levitation among the opening two acts ...

The only first-time Whitby act this time around, Kitty In A Casket are a bouncy, enthusiastic, rock-n-roll-influenced act from Vienna, in a similar musical vein to Zombina & The Skeletones, but more upbeat and with the dial turned slightly more rock than goth. They describe themselves as 'punk'n'roll'. Long-time Whitby stalwarts Manuskript (who, I believe, still hold the record for most appearances at the festival) are a traditional keyboards-backed-by-guitars goth band, with special guests for their finale. Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic are a pretty unique hi-energy live experience, and now mostly electronic in name only, with live guitar and bass joining the keyboards. (It was also keyboardist Johann's birthday, resulting in a gleeful receiving of a cake at the end of the set.) And, finally, Heaven 17 should be familiar to everyone - they may not be 'goth', but quite a bit of their discography is 'goth-adjacent', and they know how to put on a great show.

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Kitty In A Casket

Manuskript

Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic

Heaven 17

(As usual, feel free to share these images with the bands, and they're welcome to use any of them (please credit as Simon Landmine).)
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Monday, December 5th, 2016 02:35 pm
A gig without photos! In this case because I was acting as one of the interval-and-after DJs, along with The Dandy Demondaz.

The evening's acts were Redhead (a classic guitar-rock four-piece), The Wimmin's Institute (perky pop-punk feminist four-piece playing wry wittiness such as their latest 'Nandos', with added trumpet), and the headliners, playing another of their justly renowned anniversary gigs, The Memepunks.

(Normally, when DJing for a band who play covers, I like to check in advance what they'll play, to ensure that I don't end up playing half their set before they go on stage. When you do that for The Memepunks, you end up with a list of about twenty-five tracks for a ten-song set - considerably more if one of those songs is Slimelight 2000.)

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 03:02 pm
Another event promoted by Elegant Decadence at Nambucca - with more apparently being planned for the future.

Anniversary Circle, the opening act, are a three-piece that have been playing intermittently for a while, featuring the time-honoured combination of guitar, bass, female vocals, and a recalcitrant drum machine, and a sound that reminded me at least of Siouxsie and the Banshees.

The Faces of Sarah (site has embedded autoplayer) are a band I first saw a while ago (at Electrowerkz, I vaguely think), again with an intermittent gig schedule. A full four-piece, with a human (possibly) drummer, and powerful male vocals.

Pretentious Moi?, the headliners, started life as the solo project of Tim Chandler from Manuskript, but has been busy acquiring guitarists (three, so far), and, with this gig, a bassist too, in the shape of Mike Uwins from Manuskript. And a drum machine, as fitting another person on stage could have been challenging.

So, three good bands, all mining the deep dark seam of guitar-based goth rock, in slightly differing directions ... see them!

As usual, photos free to use - please credit Simon Landmine.

Anniversary Circle
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The Faces of Sarah
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Pretentious Moi?
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dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 01:04 am
Apparently there is more than one pub called The Islington in Islington, which seems somewhat thoughtless. This event, however, was at the one on Tolpuddle Street, which has a decent-sized event room, and also appealed to the headline act for social history reasons.

Martha Makes Mistakes is a rather good bluesy singer-songwriter, B-Movie Romance are a very good rockabilly-influenced two-piece, who were very tight for what turned out to be their first live gig, and the headliners, Before Victoria, whose album launch this technically was, are the side project of Marc Burrows (also known as the bass-player for Victorian-era punks, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing). They play what Marc describes as "lo-fi indiepunk/grungepop with an occasional 19th century twist" - which means a slightly different sound to The Men, and a slightly earlier historical era, the album being "Carry On Up The Chartists". In this case, the live band did feature two other members of his other band ...

As usual, photos free to use with credit.

Martha Makes Mistakes
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B-Movie Romance
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Before Victoria
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All B-Movie Romance photos

All Before Victoria photos


Before Victoria have, as mentioned, an album available through Bandcamp (as well as a number of e.p.s, and B-Movie Romance have a track there too. Martha Makes Mistakes has been urged to go to a studio by Marc, but currently busks, and can be found on YouTube as well.
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dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Monday, October 10th, 2016 02:55 pm
On Friday evening promoter Elegant Decadence put on their second event at Nambucca in Islington. A long-term stop on the alternative gig scene, Nambucca had a refurb some time ago which not only freed up a lot of space in the main bar area, but opened up the venue part of the building, shifting the stage around and improving sight-lines. Definitely an improvement.

On the day of the gig, Carl from Elegant Decadence was contacted by a couple of acts whose gig that evening had fallen through, so he added them to the bill, resulting in a five-act bill.

Hathors (a grunge-influenced three-piece) and The Graphic (guitar-and-drums two-piece) were the new acts, while Zeitgeist Zero (goth-industrial-pop), Last July (electronic goth duo with additional guitar and bass), and Skeletal Family (goth/punk rock) were the line-up from the original plan. All the bands experienced intermittent sound problems, especially with the vocal and monitor lines, but managed to fight on through to acclaim from the crowd.

(Appropriate between-band music was provided by DJ Psyche.)

As usual, photos free to use with credit.

Hathors
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The Graphic
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Zeitgeist Zero
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Last July
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Skeletal Family
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All The Graphic photos

All Zeitgeist Zero photos

All Last July photos

All Skeletal Family photos


Hathors and The Graphic are still on tour at the moment. Skeletal Family have a number of dates lined up, including Whitby Goth Weekend, while Zeitgeist Zero will be appearing at the Bram Stoker Film Festival. Elegant Decadence are putting on another gig at Nambucca in November, headlined by Pretentious Moi?
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Monday, September 19th, 2016 10:04 pm
On Saturday night, the Near Dark Over Europe tour reached London, on the penultimate date. Three bands and one DJ visiting a range of venues - The Last Dance, The Last Cry, and Strap On Halo, with DJ Martin Oldgoth. Stylistically, all bands share the classic guitar-goth approach - guitar, bass, and vocals (with a live drummer for The Last Dance, and the traditional drum machine for the other two).

It had been a while since I'd seen The Last Dance and The Last Cry, and I'd not seen Strap On Halo before, so I ordered a ticket and headed up. Definitely a good decision - three good bands playing three good sets - I'd recommend catching them again.

Being me, I took cameras as well - so here are some sample photos (links to the main gallery are at the bottom) - as usual, feel free to use them with credit ...

Strap On Halo
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The Last Cry
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The Last Dance
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Other photos
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All The Last Cry photos

All The Last Dance photos
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dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Monday, June 6th, 2016 06:26 pm
The Queer Alternative managed to organise a fundraiser for PRIDE on what was one of the hottest days of the year so far. Despite which, we still managed to pull in a pretty fine turnout - probably as a result of putting on three decent bands - CTRL ALT DEL, Last July, and Die Kur. In addition to playing some tracks between the bands (along with DJ Wanderlust), I took my camera along with me, and got some photos of the acts, too.

Which are here ...

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Full gallery here
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dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Sunday, May 29th, 2016 02:17 pm
I was the fortuitous recipient of a bonus ticket in April, due to a gig clash, which gave me the opportunity to see Barry Adamson playing solo at Rough Trade East. It wasn't clear whether the gig was originally intended to be solo, or whether there had been some form of disagreement with his band, but once the sound was sorted to his satisfaction, he set up on stage, playing guitar and accompanied by a backing track (and, on one track, playing a keyboard app on the iPad clamped to the mic stand).

As befits an album-support gig, he played quite a few tracks from his newly-released album, shuffled in with some old favourites, including "The Jazz Devil" (with the addition of the melody from "Nightclubbing") and closing the set on "Still I Rise".

I took my camera along, too ...

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dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Sunday, May 26th, 2013 12:47 am
For the London date of Voltaire's tour, he visited Tufnell Park for a fully sold-out gig, supported by The Memepunks and Red Sun Revival.

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The Memepunks

Red Sun Revival

Voltaire
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dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Sunday, May 19th, 2013 10:48 am
Sunday 5th May was the third day of a packed weekend of events (the photos of which are indeed coming up out of order). Leaving K behind to recuperate from the previous late night of gig and party, I headed to Croydon's prime venue, Scream Lounge. Unfortunately missing the first act, I got there in time to catch Kitty Hudson, and Dead Identities before Eureka Machines came on.

All play a similar punk/pop rock - short, fast, high-energy songs, but without the violence of some punk - reminiscent perhaps of early Wildhearts or Terrorvision, as well as the bands that influenced them in turn.

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Kitty Hudson

Dead Identities

Eureka Machines
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dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 11:48 pm
On the Friday of the bank holiday weekend, we attended Clockwork Underground, being held as part of the Make Believe Festival, hosted at Islington Metal Works (the ground floor bit of Electrowerkz). Billed as an immersive theatre experience, it was pretty much a steampunk LARP - part of the ongoing Clockwork Watch story arc, where character interactions during the event could affect the future direction of the story. For more information about the story, visit clockworkwatch.org. Slightly unfortunately, the LARP-like nature wasn't quite as well trailed on the Festival site, where tickets could be purchased, for me, or I'd have been better prepared with a character concept. Still, at least even my limited sartorial stylings fitted the milieu better than those of some of the other camera-wielders (with the definite exception of Oliver, who was entirely appropriately garbed). A lot of good work had been put into set-dressing, turning the main area into a courtyard in East London, with the bar area as ... a bar, and the other performance space turned into a den of iniquity, with ceiling tassels and chaises longue.

For us, at least, the main point of attending was the bands - Sunday Driver, Bitter Ruin and The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing (the latter providing a acoustic set due to their drummer's being otherwise engaged). Sunday Driver, who we'd seen before, melded a range of musical and sartorial influences, with instruments including the more usual guitar, drums and bass paired with clarinet, sitar and spoons - all combined to fine effect, even getting some of the occupants of the Den dancing. (The sartorial choices included a top hat, an embroidered waistcoat and a vast sombrero.) It was my first time seeing Bitter Ruin live, and Georgia's range, Ben's guitar playing and their joint harmonies were excellent, resulting in my buying the assorted EPs and albums they had (including a hardcopy of an EP I'd previously purchased as a download). The Men's set was quite late in the evening, and in the raucous environs of the bar area went down well, with favourites such as "Doing It For The Whigs" accompanied by less frequently played album tracks such as "Sewer". I only got a few photos before the crowd's enthusiasm was raised to fever pitch, and I secured the cameras.

Overall a rather good event, and I'd definitely be up for attending the next one (and having now read up on the back story online and in the Clockwork Watch graphic novels, I've got some ideas as to a character more detailed than "adventuring photolithographer", too ...)

Photos of the bands, and of the general atmosphere of the event, are below.

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Gallery links:

Sunday Driver

Bitter Ruin

TMTWNBBFN

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dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Monday, January 7th, 2013 12:34 am
Photos from Saturday night's free gig at The Wheelbarrow in Camden - a rather compact venue, packed to capacity by an enthusiastic crowd, enjoying all the bands on the bill. Really good fun, and a welcome return of "The Victorian Gentlemen's Boasting Song" to The Men's set as well.

(I even managed some photos of Jez! Well, at least, photos where Jez is partly visible for once.)

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Art Trip and the Static Sound

Scant Regard

Peter Buckley-Hill

The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing
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dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Friday, June 15th, 2012 01:57 pm
As the next one is coming up soon, a quick retrospective of last year's DV8Fest festival. Some of these acts will be playing again this time, including The Savoy Ballroom (rather fine) and Utah Saints (bloody awesome).

The festival is held across three venues in York - two roughly next to each other, and one a brisk walk away, which makes venue-hopping possible.

Photos from last time are here, or, organised by venue and date ...

2011 07 21 - The Duchess - Rhombus, Eureka Machines, Deviant UK, Nosferatu
2011 07 22 - Stereo - Last July
2011 07 22 - The Duchess - Partly Faithful, Cold In Berlin
2011 07 22 - The Barbican - Gary Numan
2011 07 23 - The Park Inn - Luxury Stranger
2011 07 23 - Stereo - The Savoy Ballroom, Alice Moving Under Skies, Rome Burns, Voltaire
2011 07 23 - Fibbers - Utah Saints
2011 07 24 - Fibbers - Spucktute, Deathboy, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Mesh
2011 07 24 - The Duchess - Dyonisis, Anne-Marie Hurst, The March Violets

And some general photos, including a couple of Ed Alleyne-Johnson busking (he had no idea there was a festival on, he was just in the area).

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Sunday, March 4th, 2012 11:14 am
On 17th February, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing held a launch gig for their new album, a possible contender for 'longest album title yet suggested', This May Be The Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons. It actually comes out on 12th March, but they were taking pre-orders, and it seemed like a good idea for a gig.

The Bowery is a dark and dubious venue on New Oxford Street, with an even darker and more dubious cellar level, where the gig took place - which was completely filled with people by the time that the bands came on. Support was from Leicester's Axis Mundi, who are friends of Marc from The Men ... They describe themselves as 'acid house heavy metal' (among other things), but sound to me more like Anthrax crossed with Pendulum, and were rather good, although not at all steampunk, possibly to the confusion and dismay of others. They should also probably be kept away from the UV-fluorescent paints in future. Or possibly just away from the public. TMTWNBBFN performed a mix of old and new material, including at least one song never before heard, and a couple of ones not played for quite a while, closing with Andy O'Neill surfing across the crowd to the sound desk. Or at least, surfing halfway, and then being carried overhead to the back by myself and Mavis. Not sure whether that counts, mind.

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Axis Mundi

The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing
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