ARAN GLOVER (We Are Knuckle Dragger) Tribute show announced | GIG NEWS

ARAN GLOVER (We Are Knuckle Dragger) Tribute show announced | GIG NEWS

Aran Glover Tribute show announced for January 2019

2018 hasn’t been the easiest of years, among some of the sad losses I lost a pal and a musical hero in Aran Glover. If you know me, then you’ll know that his band We Are Knuckle Dragger are one of my all-time favourites. I’ve been lucky enough to see them many times and travel on the road with them.

We Are Knuckle Dragger Aran Glover
We Are Knuckle Dragger

Aran’s death came as a shock, I’m still not able to process the news and haven’t been able to talk about it without breaking down. Aran made a huge impact on the Northeast music scene and made many friends during his time here. Some of those lovely folk have put together the best possible tribute, a loud gig is just the way he would have wanted us to celebrate his life.

Waheela, Dunes, Dragnet and more tbc will play the Cluny on 12th January 2019 in support of If U Care Share Foundation

Aran was hugely supportive and a pleasure to photo, I’d lose myself in the music and they’d help to inspire some of my best work. I’ve got hundreds of photos in the archives but here are a few that I love. Miss you matey.

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We Are Knuckle Dragger - Aran Glover
wakd – Oct 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger - March 2014
We Are Knuckle Dragger – March 2014
wakd – Oct 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger – Cluny August 2014
We Are Knuckle Dragger
wakd – Oct 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger - 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger – 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger
We Are Knuckle Dragger - 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger – 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger – Cluny August 2014
WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – Newcastle Think Tank March 2014

WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – Newcastle Think Tank March 2014

We Are Knuckle Dragger – Newcastle Think Tank, March 2014

We Are Knuckle Dragger - March 2014
We Are Knuckle Dragger – March 2014

New edits of some old pics. What a gig this was!

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We Are Knuckle Dragger – Trillians August 2013 – PHOTOS

We Are Knuckle Dragger – Trillians August 2013 – PHOTOS

We Are Knuckle Dragger
Trillians August 2013

We Are Knuckle Dragger - 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger – 2013

My first time seeing WAKD after hearing a lot of hype, I took the plunge and headed down to check them out. My word. Amazing band!

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We Are Knuckle Dragger – Newcastle Cluny February 2015

We Are Knuckle Dragger – Newcastle Cluny February 2015

We Are Knuckle Dragger 
Newcastle Cluny 14th February 2015

Opening up for American Nu-metal punks Snot. RFTK Promotions put on a bloody amazing lineup. Knuckle Dragger got the night off to a flying start.

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WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – Oct 2013 Newcastle Cluny

WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – Oct 2013 Newcastle Cluny

We Are Knuckle Dragger
Newcastle Oct 2013 – Album launch “Drone”

Hands down one of my favourite shows of 2013. WAKD played their new album ‘Drone’ in full.

wakd - Oct 2013

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Here’s what I had to say at the time…

‘I’ve been looking forward to this one for a wee while having been blown away by We Are Knuckle Dragger over the summer. Tonight they celebrate the release of their second album ‘Drone’. Launching the record in style in the intimate Cluny 2, tonight they will play ‘Drone’ in full. Which kicks off with the beastly ‘This Better Be Life Threatening Norman’ and refuses to let up for the duration.

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High energy set as always, pounding bass and drums brought smiles to faces in the crowd, particularly mine! They have a reputation for blistering and tight live sets and tonight they proved that accolade is more than appropriate.

Phenomenal band! Oh and the new album is an absolute corker. Every track is a riot. Their 1st lp (recorded by the legend that is Steve Albini) was always going to be a tough act to follow. Somehow they’ve kept the same formula and topped it. Full pounding bass and quirky time signatures thoroughly enjoyable. Like a blast back in time to early 90s alternative scene. Just fantastic!

Lots of familiar faces in the crowd from the local music scene. WAKD brought along an impressive selection of support bands, including the highly impressive Enter The Lexicon.

Their next Newcastle gig will be GNAW in November. Alongside some other stunning bands including Waheela and Tide of Iron. I will be there for sure.

Drone is out now available from all the usual places inc iTunes. Treat yourself :)’

wakd - Oct 2013

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GNAW 3 – 2013 Newcastle Star and Shadow Cinema – PHOTOS

GNAW 3 – 2013 Newcastle Star and Shadow Cinema – PHOTOS

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Newcastle Star and Shadow Cinema November 2013

Here’s a blast from the past, amazing lineup.

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WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – Newcastle Dec 2014 – PHOTOS

WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – Newcastle Dec 2014 – PHOTOS

We Are Knuckle Dragger
Newcastle – Northumberland Arms,  5th December 2014

Opening up for the amazing Mutiny on the Bounty in the very dark Northy Arms! I was planning to just go to watch the band and have some fun, but as always I took a camera! The challenge of no lights is actually quite good fun and makes for some crazy photos.

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We Are Knuckle Dragger - Dec 14
We Are Knuckle Dragger – Dec 14

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We Are Knuckle Dragger – Bannermans Edinburgh Oct 2014 – PHOTOS

We Are Knuckle Dragger – Bannermans Edinburgh Oct 2014 – PHOTOS

We Are Knuckle Dragger
Bannermans Edinburgh Oct 2014

Back on the road with my favourite noisy dudes. This time they hit Edinburgh at the legendary Bannermans venue for a support slot for Certain Death.

We Are Knuckle Dragger - Oct 14
We Are Knuckle Dragger – Oct 14

Another exclusive, now they have a full lineup! Following the amicable departure (both are heading off to do grown up things) of long serving and amazing rhythm section. A tall order for anyone to step into. Joey and Aidan along with mainman Aran complete now complete the all new WAKD, and I can assure you they still sound amazing. New material is well in progress and we were lucky to be treated to a new track tonight. Anyway less waffle, more pictures…

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We Are Knuckle Dragger – ArcTanGent Festival 2014

We Are Knuckle Dragger – ArcTanGent Festival 2014

We Are Knuckle Dragger
ArcTanGent Festival August 2014 – Bristol

If you follow my work you’ll know I’m a huge Knuckle Dragger fan, so they don’t really need an introduction! I jumped at the chance to head down to Bristol and cover their biggest show to date with the revised lineup. The new lineup news came as a shock to a few hardcore fans in attendance today. But today they proved unstoppable and gained a load of new fans during their packed out set on the Yohkai stage.

It was quite an adventure getting there, to say things didn’t run smoothly is an understatement. Blown amps, broken pedals, everything went wrong, the odds seemed stacked against us. But the stress and tension actually seemed to add to the performance. Classic Knuckle Dragger. Great, great set and some serious new songs. I can’t wait for album number 3!

Here’s some photo highlights of their set…

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Huge thank you to Aran, Aidan and Dave for having me along 🙂

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