May 2016

Finally catching up with myself, only a month late. But May was another busy month with the Great Escape and a whole host of great gigs.

This month’s bands

New bands are in italics

Bands I liked

Duke Spirit, The Coathangers, Night Shades, Tacocat, FISH, Casual Sect, Evil Blizzard, Kagoule, Malin Andersson, Bill Botting, Alev Lenz, Jambinai, Soda Fabric, FEWS, Aldous Harding, Cult of Dom Keller, NOTS, Diet Cig, Joy Formidable, Dream Wife, Baba Naga, Inis Mor, Black Honey, FRIGS, Catholic Action, Anna Meredith, Crows, White Miles, Larkin Poe, Howling Owl, Wildest, Bleached, Anteros, Slow Club, Monster Treasure, YAK, Half Loon, InHeaven, The Kindling, A. Dyjecinski

Bands that were okay

Gillbanks, Jo Mango, Golden Spike, Deerful, Robert Rotifer,Franc Cinelli, Jimmy Cake, Yuck, Duke Garwood, Glass, Chastity, Post Heather, Chastity Belt, Barbarella’s Bang Bang, Kim Churchill, PAUW, Ellie Ford, Pleasure Beach, Blush, The Anchoress, Shark Dentist, Good Foxy, Cosmic Strip, Banff, Cloves, Clea, Hein Cooper, Methyl Ethel, Skies, Slow Dancer, Slum Sociable, Jack Watts,

Bands I won’t be going out of my way to see again

Puppy, Tigercub, Joe Nolan, Coves, Pollyanna, Margo Price, Exmagician, Nadine Carina, REWS, James Gruntz, Drones Club, Leif Erikson, Frankie Cosmos, Amy Von, Bouche, ES, BC Camplight, Beth Orton

Best Gig

The Great Escape was a fun few days but there weren’t any real outstanding performances. The performance of the month was from Yak. They have the potential to be a really big band but these are the gigs when they will be at their peak. Feeding off the energy of their audience.

Best new band

Dream Wife impressed this month. But Black Mountain’s warm sound actually left me with a beaming smile.

Albums of the month

  • Okoshiyasu!! – Octoboke Beaver
  • Alas Salvation – YAK
  • KIN – The Duke Spirit
  • Means – FEWS

Best photo

It was a really difficult choice this month. I often had a decent camera with me and towards the end of the month, upgraded my zoom lens that helped me capture for good face shots. But the highlight for me was this hair flicking shot by Duke Spirit

Duke Spirit at Rough Trade

Best Video

I’m really pleased with the results of this video.

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