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Corrosive Shame
Therapy for Life
The weekend mostly sped past in a blur - in fact so much I ended up doing very little more yesterday than try and recover. Today will be better. Oh yes.

Friday was fishthecat's birthday do at Chez quondam. Much Micro Machines was played, there was much cursing of consoles and I was reminded how hilarious playing two-people-one-controller can be. A little booze passed my lips, but it only served to improve my game, honest.

Saturday I got the train to Sheffield for Batfink. This was at the kind invitation of The Way Of All Flesh. We'd hoped to spend a bit of time with my new lights and get some live shots. Alas the soundcheck wasn't quite as efficient as it could have been so we didn't have very much time. However some shots were grabbed of the band (plus paul_sticks who was DJing) and then I got to say a brief hello to kissmeforlonger, ayrton_nix, inbetween_girl, darkstones, toripink and thirstypixel; watched some bands and then hung around with ant_girl and grufti who kindly let me enjoy their new spare bed.

Batfink started well but never actually seemed to take off despite the early promise. It seemed reasonably healthy but not especially vibrant. Of the bands, 3ulogy had a little bit of promise but aren't there yet; TWOAF I enjoyed - a little old school for my current taste but they seemed to be enjoying themselves (unlike 3ulogy who were trying very hard to be angry); Rome Burns I've not seen before and I'd make the same comments as for TWOAF; Voices of Masada I've seen a number of times and while the confidence and production are improving they're not really my thing. Maybe ten years ago...

What was disappointing was the size of the crowds for the bands. It seemed to me that each band was mostly just watched by "their friends" who then didn't stay for the others. Obviously I can understand the importance of seeing your friends and offering them support but a generally healthy, vibrant scene it does not make.

Sunday morning I didn't see my hosts as I dashed to Leeds station; took a particularly slow train back to Birmingham; charged my camera batteries then got back on a slow train - this time to London for NMA. It's been a while since I saw them and Justin now has the most ill-advised haircut I've seen him with (but then he is 50 so deserves some latitude). I caught the end of the support (Dave Blomberg's current band - Nozzle) who were quite impressive.

I can't remember much about NMA themselves - it was good; probably not the best I've seen them, but that might have been because I was absolutely shattered. Needless to say I have plenty of pictures of varying quality and will put some up at some point. An early finish meant I was on the 22:56 from Euston, so to bed at a healthy 2am...

I'm not sure I'll be able to do that kind of thing when I'm working in Nottingham - another unforseen cost.

Anyway - some pictures...


3ulogy The Way Of All Flesh
Rome Burns
Voices of Masada

New Model Army New Model Army

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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 19th, 2006 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Which one was he? The angry frontman, the angry guitarist or the angry keyboard knob twiddler?
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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 19th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Gosh - they share the anger out? It seems ptype_b is the angry frontman who I shall see as prototype in January.

Is there anyone not on LJ?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 19th, 2006 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
The angry frontman does also seem to be playing "poke the furry" at this entry which is just not really cricket.
davefish From: davefish Date: December 19th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shiny new toys! Would this have been the first time you got to use them? Do they go beep as well?

I love the shot of VoM. And its only Tuesday, whats your weekend post up this early for!
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 19th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was the first proper go - yes. And they do go beep - though only slowly when on battery power.

It's up early because I'm work avoiding ;-)
davefish From: davefish Date: December 19th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is a fine tradition of avoiding work in the lead up to Christmas, good to see that you are keeping it alive.
nephilimbabe From: nephilimbabe Date: December 19th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's one scary pic of paul_sticks!
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 19th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's really quite photogenic. IMO anyway ;-)
furzepig From: furzepig Date: December 19th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I concur. He does make a good photo if your example here is anything to go by. Nice work, especially so if you were pushed for time.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 19th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd just shot the band when Paul wandered by. I stopped taking the lights down and he jumped in front of them. Less than 2 minutes from start to finish.
delanthear From: delanthear Date: December 19th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is a good photo of Paul! Has he seen it yet?

(Cheers for coming up, and I've friend'd you)
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 19th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have emailled it to Paul, but no response yet :-)

Thanks for inviting me - you're sure to have a load of pics with darkstones on duty too; and who was the other chap with the DSLR?

Most of mine will be a little "different" to the one I saw posted on your LJ of you and Kate - I'm trying to move away from head and shoulder shots as they kinda bore me (though with mixed success).

I should have realised you were all on LJ somewhere :-) :-)
delanthear From: delanthear Date: December 20th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Different is good! :)

The other photo taker was gourou. I kept meaning to introduce you, but never managed it!

Most of the band are on here, gwengothelf and salmon_of_doubt :)
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