12-02-11: Wires Faulty

The Beacon Court, Gillingham

Wires Faulty at The Beacon Court

It would be unfair to say that this was a bad gig for Wires Faulty, they played well and for the few songs they played they did put a lot of energy into them.. it was just unfortunate that as the night went on, the crowd dwindled to what was left as people who genuinely wanted to see Wires Faulty play, and the previous band who were probably just waiting for the drum kit to be finished with. The band obviously weren't getting into this gig, and only played a short set, so hopefully things will pick up again next time they play.

10-02-11: Wires Faulty

The Beercart Arms, Canterbury.

Wires Faulty at The Beercart Arms

Another good performance from Wires Faulty, though a "tolerable" level of energy.. I found this due to the stage size and the way that even though the crowd seemed to be enjoying themselves, they were a fair distance away from the stage BUT this was apparent with the other bands that played too.. so it was obviously nothing personal. When I watch the band play, I like seeing them interact with one and other, and you can tell they enjoy playing their music because they seem happy on stage.. Wires Faulty are slowly but surely building a strong fanbase, one of both old, and refreshingly, new faces.

08-02-11: Angry Vs. The Bear

Tap N Tin, Chatham.

Angry Vs. The Bear at Tap n Tin

As much as I love photographing the bands I have been photographing so far, it was exciting to be asked to do something a little bit different..  Angry Vs. The Bear played for the Fashion Promotion Unofficial Afterparty, and though I do not ordinarily listen to music like they play, they have a good sound, a distinctive style, and it was interesting to photograph a band fronted by a female vocalist. Angry Vs. The Bear have been played on Radio 1, and supported the likes of Florence and the Machine.. this was daunting enough in itself, but the band were nice and had a charming presence. They have potential to go further with their likeabilty and individuality. I found that as the set progressed, the crowd dwindled; which was disappointing. I get the impression that Angry Vs. The Bear have a strong following, so if one gig doesn't completely work out, another will. I genuinely enjoyed this set, so I may now be partial to listening to music that has a quirky edge to it. 

02-02-11: Shatterpoint

The Attic, Canterbury.

Shatterpoint at The Attic

Its been a while since I've seen Shatterpoint play.. And this time bass player, Sandy Wardrop, had an interesting outfit choice after arriving from a drama related event, but once they start playing Shatterpoint can wear whatever they like.. Describing themselves as "bringing the genre of metal back to it bluesy, boozy roots, pouring out grizzly, testosterone filled tunes thickly coated in slick groove".
The influences break through with Pantera-loving guitarist, Mark Graham channelling his energy into his sound, aided by the distinctive vocals of Ed Stone and the drumming of Tom Harrison. Despite the small crowd, these guys aim to please.. even through improvising a song on the spot, and starting with a bluesy number. Shatterpoint should know they've got something good going.