Photos shot during the making of Girl Band's debut record.
'Holding Hands With Jamie' was recorded in a month long lock-in at Liam Mulvaney's now defunct Bow Lane Studios (Dublin) back in 2015. The album was written and produced by the band and recorded by Dan Fox and Jamie Hyland.
Released on Rough Trade Records to critical acclaim.
This was the first bunch of music related photos I ever took. They were taken during initial writing and tracking sessions for Solar Bears second album Supermigration. The snaps were subsequently used for a feature on the lads writing process and as general press shots following the release of their first album, She Was Coloured In, on Planet MU back in 2010.
The Rednecks made a triumphant return to gigging at the Salty Dog a few months previous to this sold out show at Whelans last year. They have a new album on the way which they did with Dave Odlum in Attica Studios. There is another sold out Whelans show tomorrow night.
The record was put together in short stints over a few months and every bit of gear in The Meadow was used at some stage.
Released by Small Pond in 2015.
Chad was nothing but lovely and it was great to see him sitting behind our mid 70's Rogers.
I've been lucky to meet Kevin a good few times at this stage, through my good friend Ivan, who setup this day. Kevin is a real pioneer. He is always ahead of the game.
The Altered Hours just dropped a new tune, a slew of live dates and the details of their new EP . Here are snaps from one of their (always impeccable) live shows at Knockanstockan a couple of years ago. The new EP, On My Tongue, was recorded by my good buds Dan Fox and Jamie Hyland (the Girlband production duo) and will released by Penske Recordings & Art For Blind Records.
Holly asked me to do a quick portrait for her press stuff. It was a sunny day in Portobello. This was my pick of the bunch.
This was the best & worst gig of 2015. Comprising of members of Girl Band, Meltybrains? and Beach to name a few - Maths + Maths = Maths is a improvised kraut-rock ensemble that has done about three gigs. This was the first one, it was in the Bernard Shaw and it was hilarious, ramshackle and at times - pretty brilliant.
Was lucky to get to hang around the Ensam sessions with Kevin Brady and Ivan Jackman at The Meadow back in 2015. The Kevin Brady Trio featuring Bill Carrothers have been playing together for over a decade and Ensam also featured renowned jazz vocalist Norma Winstone. Big thanks to Kevin for also putting some of the snaps in the artwork of Ensam which was released on LRP Records back in 2016.
Percolator launched Sestra last year to critical acclaim. These snaps are from the Dublin Album Launch in the Bello Bar. Sestra was top of the Thin Air's Best Irish Albums of 2017. Guerrilla Studio's had three of the top four records in said list so it was a pretty good year for Spud and Chestnutt. Percolator play the Quarter Block Party in Cork tomorrow night.
Graham Hopkin's toured the coffee shops of Ireland last year giving masterclasses about drums and drumming. I was at the Dublin Drum Hang with him and got a few snaps. He was joined on the night by the stellar Lorcán O'Dwyer (from Too Fools) on bass and Gerry McDonnell (Hansard's long time live engineer).
Snaps from All We Are's first Salty Dog Secret Show. This was around the time of the release of their first, Self-Titled album, released by Domino Records. AWA returned to do another Secret Salty show last year.
Snaps from All We Are's first Picnic appearance. AWA have had a great relationship with the Other Voices crew ever since and played the Church later that year. This was all around the time of their first release on Double Six / Domino Records. AWA returned to the Picnic last year after the release of their second album - Sunny Hills.
ASIWYFA were playing the Metro when I was over with NSW covering the making of their second album with Steve Albini in Electrical Audio. We all busted down to the gig and I did a few snaps for the lads and Cathy at Sargent House. It was a nice meeting of the Irish music scene in Chicago and it was great to catch up with the lads from ASIWYFA and Chris Le Dantec who was engineering for them on the US tour.
New Gods final release, Weird War Tales, which was tracked in The Meadow by Tommy O'Sullivan with a little help from myself. RIP New Gods. This EP is the bands tombstone and also saw the death of one of my favourite amps - a late 60's Solid State Silvertone Bass Head. It was released by Distroy back in 2016.
This was one of the best gigs I've been at in a long time. Show Me The Body are a hardcore band from NYC. Their debut record, Body War, is amazing and pretty much describes what goes on at their shows. Go see these S.M.T.B.
First full roll of film I shot during a session. 35mm shots from the making of Meltybrains? - Kiss Yourself EP at The Meadow with Deaf Bros. Heavily processed the film scans after the fact - to match the digital collection of shots from the sessions which will appear at some stage soon.
I was out in The Meadow shooting one of the final recording sessions for Old Hannah's new record and had just got this Hasselblad. These are the first couple of test shots I did with it. Old Hannah launch the first single (Follow) from this new album this day next month at The Grand Social. This album sounds amazing and is quite a departure from the old Old Hannah.
Photos of Wild Rocket playing the Workman's Club back in 2016. These were used to hype the (U:Mack) album launch gig for their second record, Disassociation Mechanics, which was recorded by Rían and myself (AKA Deaf Brothers) and available on Vinyl and CD from Art For Blind Records.