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Frozy, Dog Legs and Los Cripis

Last night I went to see my friends Frozy play with Dog Legs and Los Cripis. Los Cripis are from Argentina, but play over in the UK quite frequently. I don't know any other bands from Argentina, so they can be my favourite one. I tried to take some photos, but the lighting in the bar was appalling, and I don't like to disturb people with flash, so here's a music video instead. Don't watch it if you don't like blood. Los Cripis have an album out now, and Frozy have one coming soon. Why not give them some money?... Read More...

No jokes about fireman’s poles here

Some people I know put on a byo gig on Friday at the old fire station in Stoke Newington. It makes a great venue. More of these, please. The band in the photo above are Tyrannosaurus Dead. I didn't take a lot of pictures, because it's difficult in low light situations, and I don't like to use flash if the ambient lighting is atmospheric.... Read More...

Easter House Gig

Last weekend I went to a house gig in South London. These things seem to be few and far between in London, because people tend to be pressed for living space. Hugh, the host, played, and the other bands were all various configurations of my friend Nicol from Sussex and three of his friends from Bristol and London. One of the residents of the house is a little girl, who helped out by finding a toy drum and a stick from the garden, and joining in as a second drummer while wearing a princess dress (while jumping up and down on a trampoline too when Roxy played in the garden). All gigs need more of that. (Also, something is weird with Bandcamp - the audio controls don't appear in the preview, and you can't centre them... Read More...

DIY Space for London

On Sunday I went to a meeting for DIY Space for London. My friend Natalie is one of the initial organisers (and I also already knew a fair few of the other organisers), and she told me about it last year, but I was either working very long hours in London, or was abroad for most of the year, so I didn't really have a chance to get involved. I'm in London for the foreseeable future and actually have some spare time now, so I volunteered.... Read More...