You Used To Call Me From A Phone Box: Limited Edition Zine

It’s been a long time coming, and I’m finally catching up on some projects I’ve had in the works for a while.

YOU USED TO CALL ME FROM A PHONE BOX

The zine is 24 pages, full colour, and features photographs of trashed phone boxes in Glasgow.

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This is a strictly limited run of 25, they’re all signed & numbered by hand, and one can be yours for £7.50.

I don’t have an online shop to rely on, so if you’re interested then email me or get in touch over my Facebook page and I’ll fire over my bank details in return!

Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

In York with Viktoria Addison

I recently spent some time in York eating food and hanging out with my friend Viktoria Addison. We’ve been meaning to arrange a proper shoot with one another for a little while now, and it just so happened she was going to be dancing that night in York so that was the perfect opportunity to make it happen.

We worked out that we’d known each other for a long time, but actually hadn’t seen each other in almost 4 years which is pretty crazy to think about.

Normally, I think I’d feel pretty anxious about hanging out with folk I haven’t seen in a long while but that wasn’t the case here. And is a definite sign of having a solid friendship when you don’t need to be in touch with people all of the time. Everyone has their own shit going on.

We grabbed some pizza, and chatted for a while over tea and fudge, and then some pints by the river. In fact it was a few hours before we even started to properly take photos, just under the bridge opposite where we were drinking.

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Sarah & Katie’s Wedding, York

I’ve been to few weddings, and aren’t mad keen on the idea of them in general which is less to do with the folk getting married, and more just the that I’m not a fan of the whole faff of it all.

This wasn’t a faff though, and when Sarah casually invited me over Messenger and pitched it as a big party, it sounded fun and I said I’d be there.

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I stayed in York with Jeffels & Laura and we arrived early to help set up. Sarah & Katie assembled a band so they could play their own party. I got to fill in on bass during the soundcheck which I think is the first time I’d played music with Sarah since we were back in School.

A free bar, & fairy lights everywhere.

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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.

 

JAZZebell_ & Ruby, Manchester

I’ve been aware for a while that I never finished blogging about the whole hitching adventure after I burned out, and only yesterday I got around to going back and properly sorting through this set from Manchester of JAZZebell_ & Ruby.

There’s quite a few sets I haven’t gotten around to yet, and I’m in the process of putting a little something together to do the whole thing justice but that’s just gonna take a little while longer.

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Ruby put us up for a few days during what ended up being our last stop on the tour before I made my way back home. It was rad to have them both finally meet each other, and we took a ton of photos so here’s a few.

If you want the full set you’ll just have to sign up to my OnlyFans!

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JP leaves Westwood!

I can’t believe it’s 16 years ago since I started college.

6th Form college wasn’t something a place I took to, I couldn’t lock in to the tutors teaching methods and while I was likely capable of doing what was asked of me, it wasn’t freeing or interesting enough, and when I’m not interested in something I become impossible. I think that explains my Media & Photography U grades (results so poor they apparently couldn’t be marked).

I moved to Yorkshire Coast College (Westwood) after being told I couldn’t progress at 6th Form. That’s when I took up Photography & Graphic Design. That went mostly well, and my predicted final grades were Distinctions but after the first year, the day before 2nd year started, I decided it wasn’t enough for me and dropped the course and asked to switch to a Music course instead.

That’s where I first met tutors JP, Paul, and Jim. Tutors who got where we were coming from, understood what we wanted to do and kept as much of the typical class bullshit to a minimum, encouraging to get out there and create opportunities for ourselves and giving us a kick up the arse when we needed it. It’s things like this that clicked with us, and I’m sure is why a lot of us considered them to be friends.

Detailed memory of my time at Westwood is relatively hazy. At one point I was in so many bands I burned out, I drank a lot, and I went through a breakup of a pretty long term relationship.

I eventually completed a course and I think I got a distinction… well, that’s what I put on my CV anyway. I thought that would be me done with Westwood, except by the time I was leaving a band I was in was getting pretty serious and the guitarist & drummer were just starting the course. This ensured I hung out behind the scenes for the next 2 or 3 years.

Staff came and went, but JP and Paul were there through it all and for the years after I properly left. I heard of JP leaving on social media, and went along with Nick for a quick catch up. There was a whole mixup online involving a petition to have JP stay at the college, but he seems perfectly going on to do his Beach Hut Theatre Company, writing and directing full time!

There were a few of us there from back when we were students, and some newer faces that I didn’t recognise, but it was great to all be together for a couple of hours in Indigo Alley, chatting, performing songs and getting to hear JP continue to be the keyboard wizard that he always has been.

The crowd slowly died down and after a few ciders, I headed back with Nick to his to record some sounds.

Here’s a few photos!

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