Newcastle upon Tyne – STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURE

Newcastle upon Tyne – STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURE

Winter in Newcastle, there’s not many gigs on at this time of year. So to relieve the boredom I headed out for a walk and took my camera

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY – Zakk Wylde talks about Grimmest Hits – AUDIO INTERVIEW

Black Label Society – Zakk Wylde talks us through their new album ‘Grimmest Hits’ track by track

This is a great piece of anti-burrito propaganda! This is brilliant, Zakk doesn’t like to take things too seriously. Or is it all true? You decide 🙂

The album is out January 2018!

Black and White Newcastle (Part 30) – PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURE

Black and White Newcastle photography (Part 30)

Back after a long break. Here is a new instalment of my Black and White Newcastle series. I love Newcastle and I love black and white photography. Therefore the two just have to be combined 🙂

I thought I’d bring back the series with a special piece. I’ve walked past this monument for years without really paying much attention. Until I came up close with my camera. I didn’t appreciate just how detailed and fascinating this sculpture really is. There is so much going on, so many stories and ultimately a sense of hope and pride. This coupled with St Thomas Church itself, a stunning piece of architecture, made me feel humble for living in such a historic city.

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GJB’s annual music roundup 2017 – FEATURE

I usually do a long winded wrap-up of the year but I can’t be bothered. No-one reads them anyway, right? Hehe!

Sod it here we go…

Best gigs

  1. Gojira – L’Olympia, Paris
  2. Sigur Ros – Armadillo, Glasgow
  3. Deftones – Glasgow SECC
  4. Liars – Boiler Shop, Newcastle
  5. Idles – Think Tank, Newcastle
  6. The National – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
  7. Mclusky – The Cluny, Newcastle
  8. Breeders – Glasgow ABC
  9. Grandaddy – Warehouse 34, Newcastle
  10. Jen Stevens – Customs House, South Shields

Best albums

I haven’t really listened to much new music in 2017. But this batch came out on top.

  1. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  2. Idles – Brutalism
  3. Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
  4. Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
  5. Primus – The Desaturating Seven
  6. Pissed Jeans – Why Love Now
  7. Thurston Moore – Rock N Roll Consciousness
  8. Guided By Voices – August by Cake
  9. British Sea Power – Let the Dancers Inherit the Party
  10. Bad Breeding – Divide

Band I’ve seen the most

DUNES of course

 

THE RAGING SICKNESS – Blank Slate Session (Part 2) – VIDEO and PHOTOS

The Raging Sickness
Blank Slate Session (Part 2)

Happy new year folks! Here’s a belta we recorded last year that has just come out.

Behind the scenes photo gallery

Camera/Editor: Graeme Baty
Camera: Graeme Baty
Sound: David Curle (First Avenue Studios)

Winter sun Alnmouth, Northumberland – PHOTO FEATURE

A lovely, peaceful winter morning in Alnmouth. Sometimes, I forget just how lucky we are to live in the Northeast of England. It’s truly a beautiful place.

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MCLUSKY – December 2017 – Cluny Newcastle – PHOTO FEATURE

Mclusky – December 2017 – Cluny Newcastle

Mclusky (or mclusky*) return for a one-off gig. If ever there was a gig that can not be missed, this is it!!

mclusky poster 2017

I last saw Mclusky around 2004/2005 ish. They played upstairs in the Student Union on Kings Walk. Sadly there were only a handful of people there that night. Still, it was a great gig. I recall feeling some tension in the band, which made the performance awesome but slightly venomous. They split not long after.

So a decade and a half later they return for 19 songs (+ Kkkitchens!) of pure nostalgia. The band are on top form and are having a great time. Bass duties filled by St Pierre Snake Invasion vocalist Damien Sayell. A brilliant night. I hope they do more gigs!

Apologies for the lack of angles on this. It was, of course, sold out and I didn’t want to get in the way of other punters. Plus I was there as a punter myself, taking my camera along just for ‘a couple of memento shots’. I think I got carried away. Here are ALL of the photos I took. Since it’s a special gig 🙂

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GJB picks his best music shots of 2017 – PHOTO FEATURE

GJB picks his best music photos of 2017 in this special photo feature

This year has been a fairly quiet one for me. I haven’t had as much time to go to shows as I used to, videos and weddings have taken over my spare time and I have to admit I love doing those too. I love my job!

Despite the lack of gigs in my life (only about seventy in 2017!). I’m still struggling to pick only 10 photos.

My highlight of the year is no doubt seeing my heroes; Gojira at long last, after many years of missing them through poor timing and lack of cash! 2017 I got to see them twice, including a pilgrimage to Paris and I managed to get to photo them in Newcastle (despite their PR company telling us BSC isn’t big enough for them. #smugmodeengaged)

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I’ve seen my work evolve and change again this year. I found my editing getting a bit too soft and commercial looking. I suppose the change is largely due to working on editing videos, it’s had a direct influence on how I look at photos. Looking at levels and contrast to make more subtle but edgier photos. Also, I’ve spent more time looking at the subject and their actions, rather than going for that clinical/technically perfect shot. I’m never happy. You can always improve. I can’t wait to see how my work evolves in 2018.

Anyway, less chat and more pictures! Here are my picks, in no particular order.

Gojira – Newcastle O2 Academy

Gojira - March 2017 - Newcastle Academy

Gojira – March 2017 – Newcastle Academy

Well they had to be in, didn’t they? I love this shot of Christian Andreu rocking out. Taken with my 15mm fisheye lens on a full frame camera, so it’s super wide. In reality, I was about 1-2 feet from him when I took this.

I have this printed and framed in my studio. The thing I love is the detail. When editing I didn’t notice the decals on the guitar until the print arrived and that blew my mind. The twelfth fret has a G from the Gorjira logo and there’s an awesome rat decal between the bridge and the neck. There were so many good shots from that gig, but this one is a standout for me.

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Anthrax – Northumbria University

Anthrax - February 2017 - Northumbria Students Union

Anthrax – February 2017 – Northumbria Students Union

I could pick any photo from this gig. They know how to put on a show. Lighting was perfect and of course, they love a bit of showboating for the camera. Simply put this is thee most fun gig I’ve ever shot. Scott Ian lives and breathes heavy metal. Such a great icon. It’s another fisheye shot. That tatty, battered little second hand Sigma has never left my kit bag since I bought it. It’s been dropped, scratched, beer spilled on it, the paint has all come off so you can’t tell the settings but it’s the best £150 I’ve ever spent!

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Liars – Boiler Shop

Liars - October 2017 - Boiler Shop Newcastle

Liars – October 2017 – Boiler Shop Newcastle

Remarkable show and brilliant venue. I’ve had Liars on my bucket-list for donkeys years. I couldn’t believe my eyes when this was gig announced. Sadly the crowd was fairly thin. That didn’t deter the band. So many memorable shots. Made more memorable by the impact of the gig. At this point, I was a bit down and fed up with music photography. It gave me the boost I needed. One of my fave gigs of the year.

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British Sea Power – Newcastle Riverside

British Sea Power - April 2017 - Newcastle Riverside

British Sea Power – April 2017 – Newcastle Riverside

I’ve seen BSP a million times but this was the first time photoing them. The band were really nice and their manager allowed us to shoot the whole set rather than the usual 3 songs and out. So I had a field day! I think I came away with something like 500 photos, which is silly but is a good indicator of how much I love this band and how much fun I was having!

I decided enough was enough and that I’d taken way too many photos already. So I headed upstairs to the guest area. For some reason I didn’t put my camera away, I can’t remember why. I think I was going to zoom in to get a setlist photo. Then this fluke of a shot happened. I caught Yan’s eye as he was leaning back and rocking out. Right place right time. Another photographer was standing next to me, so I tapped him on the shoulder and showed him it. “Jammy twat!” was his reply, which made me chuckle. I adore this photo!

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Car Bomb – Newcastle O2 Academy

Car Bomb (band) - March 2017 - Newcastle Academy

Car Bomb (band) – March 2017 – Newcastle Academy

As all music togs will know, drum shots are a chore to get. Drummers are usually far away, hidden in smoke and piss poor lighting. But when bands bring the kit to the front it’s an absolute joy! My fisheye lens meant I could get right up close and still get the other members in the shot. Phenomenal drummer. I could feel the power and the air of the double kicks hitting me. Thank f**k for earplugs =D

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Idles – Think Tank

Idles - March 2017 - Think Tank

Idles – March 2017 – Think Tank

Hooked from day one with this band. They came to our little Newcastle and played a brilliant show at Think Tank. Lovely chaps too and the drummer loves Brown Ale. Fond memories of this gig. They’ve since gone on to conquer the festivals and played with some band called the Foo Fighters at O2 Arena in London. Canny.

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Electric Wizard

Electric Wizard - Riverside Newcastle - August 2017

Electric Wizard – Riverside Newcastle – August 2017

Amazing to photo. Can’t say much more than that! Loud as f**k and brilliant.

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Melt Banana

Melt Banana – June 2017 – Newcastle UK

They came back! This time with the Cluny’s brand new lighting rig. Worth the beating I got in the pit. Mental show and amazing gig!

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I’ll Play The Villain – Newcastle O2 Academy

I'll Play The Villain - Newcastle O2 Academy - June 2017

I’ll Play The Villain – Newcastle O2 Academy – June 2017

Another right place, right time deal. I was chilling stageside enjoying their set and happened to have a 105mm lens with me. Dark stage lights but the highlights just hit the right spot as the singer let rip a mighty roar.

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65daysofstatic – Boiler Shop

65daysofstatic - Boiler Shop Newcastle - December 2017

65daysofstatic – Boiler Shop Newcastle – December 2017

I had to pick this one, it was such a challenge to photo. The whole gig was a battle but I excelled and game away with some of my best work of the year. Pat myself on the back there 🙂

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DEAF HAVANA, DECADE, BLACK FOXXES – Nov 2017 – Northumbria Uni – REVIEW and PHOTOS

Deaf Havana, Black Foxxes and Decade – 22nd November 2017 – Northumbria University Institute

Every now and then I’ll end up at a show and the majority of the audience are looking at me with the expression that clearly states ‘who brought their dad?!’. Tonight I get that feeling again! Being in my late thirties, I’m positively ancient compared to most of the audience tonight. I’m at the venue super early, yet it’s pretty much half full already. The punters seem super keen to catch all the bands!

Up first are Decade, who I saw a few years back in Newcastle Academy. I came down early as I was keen to see how they’ve developed in the meantime. They crank out a short set of songs from their new album. Their energetic pop tones remind me of Death Cab for Cutie at times. New album Pleasantries came out earlier this year. They’ve changed a lot since I first saw them as fresh-faced younguns, they’ve grown into a much more musically engaging act and they’ve kept that strong stage presence.

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Black Foxxes are up next and they prove to be a highlight of the night for me. They’ve gained a rather respectable amount of awesome tour supports. So their name was familiar to me, but as yet I hadn’t seen them live. They have a much more abrasive edge to their sound than the other acts tonight. Skuzzy, pop hooks, grunge, punk stuff. Bloody delightful to watch. Hopefully, they’ll be back for some headline shows!

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For all of the years I’ve been gigging, I somehow managed to miss Deaf Havana. Slam Dunk was so ridiculously busy for their set so I couldn’t get anywhere near them. Tonight’s the night!

Deaf Havana - Northumbria Uni - November 2017 - crowd shot

The lights are down low and moody for opener ‘Fever’. At last, the crowd seem to come alive, having been rather subdued during the opening acts. They churn out a hefty set of career-spanning favourites. The lighting is simply remarkable, bringing an added layer of intensity to the performance and of course making for some amazing photo opportunities. They end the night to rabid applause with the atmospheric ‘Anemophobia Part II’.

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