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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

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Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 11:31 am
Another Sunday evening outing to Stockwell and the performance space in the back of the Cavendish Arms, for the second CaBIret event, "an evening of bisexual cabaret with magic, words, and music". Compèred by 'Magic Marcus', who also provided a number of magic routines (including a notable visual explanation of the flaws in the Kinsey Scale), the evening featured poetry from Jacq and Ness, comedy from Sally Wyatt, and music from Lucy Kennedy.

(The main bar of the venue is rather good, too - friendly staff, comfortable seats, and the option of rather good pizza - and walking distance from the Tube.)


Magic Marcus

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Monday, March 13th, 2017 01:19 pm
Alex's 40th birthday in 2017 was celebrated with grand event at the Exhibitionist Hotel, South Kensington, a boutique hotel combined with a modern art gallery. The first part of the event was a superhero LARP (almost resulting in the destruction of Crescent City), which was followed by an in-and-out-of-costume party in the bar and reception areas of the hotel. I was there for the party part of the evening, and took a few photos of friends in costume, as both heroes and villains, and applied some filters to some of them for added cartoon-effect goodness.

(The hotel staff seemed to cope pretty admirably with the assorted costumed folk roaming their bar, reception, and other areas. Some of the guests were slightly perplexed, though, but the staff managed to handle that confusion.)


Alex as Beast

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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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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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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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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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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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All The Faces of Sarah photos

All Pretentious Moi? photos
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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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Friday, October 14th, 2016 07:15 pm
(That sudden realisation that you had not, as you believed, posted up the links to one set of festival photos.)

Saturday night at Whitby Goth Weekend April 2016, featuring She Made Me Do It, Rhombus, Fuzzbox, and Wayne Hussey.

She Made Me Do It are a New Wave Electronica two-piece (who have let their website registration lapse) featuring members of Rachel Stamp (and, in Will Crewdson's case, pretty much everyone else - Adam Ant, Bow Wow Wow, Flesh For Lulu, Johnette Napolitano ...). Rhombus are a Leeds based act playing classic goth rock, now featuring Alixandrea from Last July on vocals, and a tendency to acquire additional members for big gigs, like Whitby. If you haven't heard of Fuzzbox, then you're missing out on an authentic slice of mid-80s bouncy pop. Wayne Hussey was the guitarist of the Sisters Of Mercy before splitting off with The Mission, and then moving on to play solo, as at this gig.

Not too long now until the second WGW of 2016 ...


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She Made Me Do It

Rhombus

Fuzzbox

Wayne Hussey

(As usual, feel free to share these images with the bands, and they're welcome to use any of them (with credit given).)
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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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Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 05:26 pm
And the other photos from August's shoot. Some shots for Blu's band's website ('The 58 Shakes'), and quite a few just for fun. Getting more confident with the post-processing, and used a new, larger, black backdrop for the first time, although I didn't have my new striplight softbox with me (the first use was in the next shoot, of which, more soon). Some plans for a follow-up shoot are being vaguely made, too.

Photographic gear, mine - wardrobe and microphone, model's own.

(Some images may be considered mild NSFW.)

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 05:21 pm
While down in Bexhill for the last weekend of August, I happened to be down the road from the Bexhill Classic & Custom Car Show, organised by the Bexhill 100 Motoring Club. As some may know, Bexhill-on-Sea is the birthplace of British motor racing, dating from 1902 (the first race was won by a Frenchman in a steam car). Being only a short walk from the park hosting the event, I took a camera along to get some shots, while the sun played hide-and-seek behind the clouds.

And, in turn, here are some samples (with a link to the full gallery at the foot of the post, for people who really like old cars - and one shot of a BMW i8). I may have concentrated slightly on the American imports and customs, rather than the European cars which are more often seen on the road. (I didn't bother with the early 2000s BMW 3-series, for example.)

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 05:04 pm
Last month, I did a photoshoot with a friend (whose band's album came out recently), as she needed some new shots for their website, so that it could be updated. In addition to the main set of shots (currently being approved by the subject, so they should come up in a while), I took some tattoo shots as an experiment, including using the snoot for the first time. I quite like how they came out - happy to do more, if anyone's interested.



Back tattoo featuring different versions of Spiderman head

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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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All The Last Cry photos

All The Last Dance photos
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Thursday, June 30th, 2016 06:15 pm
Friday night at Whitby Goth Weekend April 2016, featuring Hands Off Gretel, Lene Lovich, The Red Paintings, and Therapy?.

Hands Off Gretel are reminiscent of L7, Hole, Daisy Chainsaw, and the other early 90s acts of that ilk. Lene Lovich is a stalwart of the post-punk genre, with a few hits under her belt, and definite enthusiasm on stage. The Red Paintings were re-visiting Whitby, and were fundraising to complete their next album. Therapy? are a hard-playing three-piece with several alternative club hits to their name.

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Hands Off Gretel

Lene Lovich

The Red Paintings

Therapy?


(As usual, feel free to share these images with the bands, and they're welcome to use any of them (with credit given).)
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Sunday, June 26th, 2016 07:01 pm
As per the previous entry, last week I ended up DJing for the Midsummer Masquerade at the Royal Victoria Hotel (Holiday Inn) in Sheffield, to entertain the guests after a three course meal accompanied by performances of burlesque (Pansy Cheung and Nenedhel Absynthium), dance (Hype Dance), and sideshow (Preacher Muad'dib), followed by a performance by The Memepunks. I also took my camera along to get some photos, in addition to those that would be captured by the professional 'togs for the event - there will, in time, be a full gallery available on the event website, but, in the meantime, I've put mine up. Many impressive masks and dramatic masks were on display in the fine wood-panelled ballroom of the hotel ...

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Thursday, June 16th, 2016 10:48 pm
When [personal profile] cookwitch suggested that we pay a visit to a newly opening restaurant which combined Eastern Mediterranean recipes with free-range turkey as the choice of poultry, it sounded worth a visit. It was, it really, really, was. We visited on Wednesday, during their 'soft launch' this week. I'd hate to think what a hard launch would have been like, as pretty much every seat was full throughout the evening.

Their turkey is marinated for 24 hours, and then slow-cooked with a herb-and-spice mix before being used in a variety of dishes based on home-cooking recipes. Which are delicious.

We had the green Sicilian olives and the butter beans with cumin as initial nibbles while trying to decide what to order from the actual menu. For starters we decided on a fresh-tasting salad of watermelon chunks, crumbled feta, kalamata olives, mint, and roasted pumpkin seeds, while I had grilled sourdough with aubergine, soft-boiled egg, silk-smooth tahini, sprinkled with sumac, inspired by the Israeli sabikh sandwich. Both choices were excellent, and we're considering going back to go through the rest of the starters in instalments.

For our main dishes, [personal profile] cookwitch had the slow-roast turkey thigh on a bed of caramelised red onions and sweet potatoes, scattered with dried red barberries, served with a small jug of gravy. I had the hand-pulled turkey shawarma, which was served on a bed of freekeh (roasted and rubbed green durum wheat) with dates and pine nuts, and topped with a dollop of labneh (strained yoghurt).

We were initially considering steering clear of desserts, but having seen the dessert menu, and heard about the exclusive sorbets and gelato, we decided that we had space after all. [personal profile] cookwitch had a milk pudding topped with a delicious raspberry and rosewater treacle and a scattering of pistachios, while I tried a couple of the exclusive flavours - a toasted pistachio and orange-blossom gelato (in which you could taste both flavours independently) and a lime-and-mint sorbet (which was like a frozen, non-alcoholic, mojito).

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You'll very likely need to book, but I would recommend that you do so - so go to Strut & Cluck.

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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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