Creature – ‘Bored’ New promo video – VIDEO and PHOTO FEATURE

Creature – Bored

Lots of firsts with this one. My first video as director and editor. Matthews first video with Blank Slate (top notch job too!) Creature’s first release and first video! First time on Punktastic and the first storage trailer I’ve shot in!

Shot at U Hold the Key storage in Heaton (thank you to the lovely folk there for making it happen!) on a really hot sunny afternoon. 4 hours of takes and fun. We wanted something fast, snappy and edgy, with a trippy black and white vibe.

Behind the scenes photo gallery

Camera/Editor/Producer/Director; GJB
Camera/Assistant Director; Matthew Dix

 

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David Hall’s favourite videos of 2016

David’s 2016 Video Round Up

We had a rather busy year on the video front. David picks his favourite shoots from 2016

Plague Rider – Live Session

This is the first session we shot, and was a one take, one song scenario. Not really my ‘go to’ music genre but the intensity and also the technicality of the performance is very evident, and is a video I return to for a casual watch quite often.

Tombstone Crow – Live at Bloodstock

This assignment was a bit of a departure. The band had a swathe of ‘pro-shot’ multi-cam footage and a live soundboard recording of the event, as well as a fully mixed video provided by the production company. However, the band felt that more could be made of the raw materials and handed them over to me for a re-edit. The final, full result can be seen on Tombstone Crow’s Bloodstock Live DVD, which we also authored.

Kylver – Hy-Brasil

This was the first dramatic narrative that I had directed in quite a while. The album the song came from provided a fantastic backstory to sink our teeth into. We made the most of what was available to us, and with very little budget to boot. Definitely got the juices flowing for more dramatic stuff, and is a video I’m very proud of.

Kobadelta – Hold Y’r’ self

A really, really fun video to shoot, made all the better by the band members jumping into the concept with both feet. Dom wore the camera rig the whole time and was a real trooper. Plays like a gentler, eccentric ‘Smack My Bitch Up’.

Jed Grimes & Rob File – Little Sadie

I aimed to provide this video with a classic, moody look, reflecting the songs roots and the darker electronic elements. The video marks the first release from the collaboration between Rob and Jed under the Casa Negra Sessions umbrella.

Telepathy – Tone Control

Our most recent band in this series exploring how each member achieves their signature sound.  Shot the day after (and during) their Cluny gig, the band discuss many elements that contribute to their crushing performances, both live and recorded.

NARC. TEN – Documentary

A short documentary, following the celebratory gigs held for the tenth birthday of NARC. Magazine. Featuring a diverse selection of North East talent.

Conan – Jon Davis Interview

A simple interview setup technically, but Jon was very generous with his time, and gave some great answers. Looks and sounds quite good, even though it was shot in the back of the tour van!

Smokin’ Coconuts – Everything Must Go – Live Session

A fun shoot, but tough technically due to all the smoke, lights and general bedlam! Never fails to crack me up, especially when the drumkit gets flattened!

I’ll Play The Villain – Breather – Live Session

Again the band covers a genre that’s not usually my cuppa tea, but they include so many elements that draw you in, and the performance certainly gets the head banging along. A band to watch in 2017.

GJB’s annual music roundup – 2016 – FEATURE

Well it’s that time of year again, time to analyse the noise.

It’s been a brilliant year and 2017 is already looking pretty damn good. Newcastle is buzzing!


Top 10 gigs of 2016

1. Shellac – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club – May 2016

I had to pick this one. I’ve been waiting 15+ years to see them. It was worth the wait. Amazing.

Shellac - May 2016 - Leeds Brudenell

Shellac – May 2016 – Leeds Brudenell

2. Dinosaur Jr – Glasgow ABC – November 2016 Continue reading

On tour with Kylver – PHOTO FEATURE

On tour with Kylver

Kylver: ‘Fancy a trip to Manchester?’

GJB: ‘Hell yes!’

Here’s a selection of shots from the trip, we took along Chewie as our mascot for the day. He is now a fully certified Prog dog.

PHOTO GALLERY

On the spot with Eujenics – INTERVIEW

I caught with with Eujenics for a photoshoot and a chat. A canny bunch of lads with musical potential. Do catch them on tour!

Eujenics - Sept 2016

Eujenics – Sept 2016
Shot by GJB

Eujenics are;

Sam Avery – Vox/Guitar
Chris Hanna – Guitar
David Scott – Bass
Adam Hay – Drums

What have you been up to since we last saw you opening for Heck earlier in 2016?

“Not as much as we would like, as we had a lineup change so spent the whole summer finding a singer, so we’ve spent most the time in the practice room. However, we have recorded our first single Far Stranger with this lineup and that will have a video too. Also we have just signed to Domino PR, really looking forward to working with them.”

New lineup, will this bring a different dynamic or sound to the band?

“Definitely. I think it’s just a natural progression. We feel with Sam coming in we are finally heading in the direction we all really want. It feels like we are all pulling in the same direction.” 

“Well we have only played a couple in this lineup, but we played Lounge 41 in Workington, and we really enjoyed that one. Going out of your home town for gigs, especially with a new lineup can always go either way but we nailed it, and the crowd really liked us. Plenty of bad ones from old lineup but would rather not waste our breath talking about them as they are not relevant anymore.”

What is next for Eujenics?

“We are releasing our new single Far Stranger, in October/Nov with a video. It will be available on iTunes, Amazon etc..We have signed with Domino PR like we said, who we cant wait to work with. Gig wise, we are at Trillians supporting Twin Heart on 11th Oct. We are playing our own little halloween party at Little Buildings on 29th Oct. We are playing Bannermans in Edinburgh 26th Nov, before we go back into the studio December to start work on our new EP which we plan to release in Feb/March next year.”

KYLVER – New album ‘The Island’ – VIDEO and INTERVIEW

Kylver are a band that we’ve followed keenly since I saw them perform their very first gig back in April 2015. That in itself is quite surreal, they’ve made a huge impression in such a short amount of time.  Second album from Kylver, ‘The Island’ out 6th October 2016. I’ve heard it and it is astonishing.

Kylver ‘The Island’ – Trailer

I was lucky enough to spend a day with them while they recorded at Blank Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne. We collated some footage from that day…

INTERVIEW

“The album is called The Island and you can hear two tracks right now at kylver.bandcamp.com, where you can also pre-order the album for its release on the 6th of October.”

“The concept of album follows the travels of an 18th century sailor/privateer who learns that, not only is the fabled island that once stirred his imagination is real, but also contains a magical portal into an unknown dimension and the adventures that follow… A story which has been evolving throughout the creative process of writing the music.”

“We were happy with the outcome of our ‘The Mountain Ghost’ album and wanted to keep a similar set-up and use the momentum that the familiarity brings. So we returned to Blank Studios and recorded with Sam Grant again (from the band Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs) over four days back in June 2016.”

“We started writing new material right after the recording of the last album in the summer of 2015 and have recorded demo versions of the songs in the rehearsal room which allowed us to play with arrangements until we find what we are looking for.”

“We are in the process of promoting and completing UK wide set of shows for the rest of 2016. Ideally we’d like to try and hit up some festivals next year and possibly sort out some European dates.”

“The new video for Hy-Brasil is slowly building and we are hoping it gives us more of the exposure we need to play further afield. We’ve also started putting ideas down for another album. So a pretty positive outlook for whats next for Kylver.”

Hy-Brasil official video (shot and directed by Blank Slate Creative)

Dog Tired, Dirty King, Tombstone Crow, I’ll play the Villain, Unholy Concoction – VIDEO DOCUMENTARY

Earlier in August GJB tagged along with 5 awesome bands for a peek behind the scenes at their O2 Academy Newcastle gig. Watch in HD mode for best quality 😉

Starring I’ll play the Villain, The Unholy Concoction, Dirty King, Tombstone Crow and the mighty Dog Tired \m/

RIFFS!