Vennart: King Tut’s, Glasgow

I’d been planning on catching Vennart on tour since it was announced, though was never in a position to bag myself a ticket. As it happened, I moved back to Glasgow the week before the Tut’s show but was still broke and couldn’t afford it.

I was ready to accept that I wasn’t going to make it this time round, but on the morning threw out a tweet basically saying that if anyone had a spare ticket I’d be eternally grateful. Vennart RT’d it, and within a few minutes a guy called Kenny got in touch to say his friend could no longer make it and that it’d be a shame for the ticket to go to waste.

Sorted.

It’s no stretch to say that this year has been a difficult one for me, but one constant aid to me coping was/is the music from this man. I took my camera along, and managed to grab a few photos of one of my heroes. A truly incredible show.

Here’s a selection.

Mike Vennart of Oceansize, British Theatre, and Biffy Clyro live at King Tut's in Glasgow by photographer Lee JonesDSCF9180-Edit Continue reading “Vennart: King Tut’s, Glasgow”

Closet Organ: Nazi Pugs, Fuck Off

When I moved to Glasgow I joined a wee grunge band that was refusing to die and we ended up recording and releasing an album. A little while after that we recorded a 3 track EP and I ended up moving away and it’s over a year since we’ve done anything.

Anyway, that EP has just today been released, and I am looking forward to getting back to Glasgow to continue making a racket with these fellas.

 

49 SECONDS: A SHED SEVEN Music Video

30 weeks ago a friend gave me an old video camera and it was small and fit in my pocket and also claimed to be virtually indestructible so I figured I’d take it with me everywhere. I decided to document 7 seconds a day for a week to see how it all looked in one 49 second video.

The clips were kinda erratic, but I also kinda dug it and figured that 49 second bursts wasn’t too intense, so I made it a weekly thing.

When I watch them back I can spot little arcs of things that were going on in my life:

My routine of ending up in Catty on a weekend, friends getting married, how little my band actually rehearses, brief awkward spells of dating, the ridiculous amount of commutes I was doing between being evicted from my flat and the 3 months of couch surfing while I tried (and failed) to find somewhere else to live… all the while documenting the adventures I was on with Jazz as our relationship progressed and took off, and everything that came along after it.

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I didn’t particularly concern myself about an audience or even think about who might be watching it, so it was kinda mad to receive a call from Paul Banks saying he’d been watching my videos and wondered how I’d feel about using the stuff that mostly focused on Jazz and myself being put together for a music video, if I had all the footage still.

I was way too interested and curious about how it would look myself so just agreed on the spot without really considering how mental it would be essentially putting my own memories into a whole new context for the public to view. Funnily enough, it ended up being pretty challenging.

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A few things were established early on, like using slightly lengthier clips to not mentally exhaust viewers for one, and other shit like changing up the aspect ratio and I guess other boring technicalities which I’m sure isn’t interesting to most people so I will stop.

To be honest I’m real fucking proud of this, and the song is stuck in my head right now so I hope you dig that to. It was cool to be able to work on this for the couple of weeks I had to turn it around, and aside from a couple of last minute alterations that needed to be made in order to keep it PG, the whole process was seamless.

So yeah, Victoria is a single from Shed Seven‘s latest album Instant Pleasures and the music video is littered with my ugly mug. Do enjoy.


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Scarborough: Jesse Hutchinson

The morning after the rave I was up early to go meet Jesse. I’ve known Jesse for a few years now. Nowadays, the vast majority of our interactions are online, but he’s always someone I enjoy bumping into when I’m back in Scarborough; even if it’s quite literally to pop my head through the door for a quick hello as I’m passing while he’s performing at Cellars.

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He’s been threatening to hire me to take some photos on a more official capacity for a while, and it just worked out that this time it actually happened.

We met by the sea, but the beach was rammed. People everywhere, and I think if we stuck around any longer we’d have both exploded. Instead, we drove the the middle of nowhere, and found a location which felt suitable considering the example photos he’d sent me to look at around 10 minutes before we met.

I shot a bunch of portraits on my X-Pro2 as is standard now, with the Pentax 50mm 1.7 lens. However, I took along my Nikon D610 and also gave that a run for a change. We got a whole bunch of photos that I think is fair to say we’re both pleased with.

Here’s a small selection of the handsome bastard.

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