This photo is by the fantastic Jemma Dodd
March has been by far my quietest month in a long time because as I’ve said before I’ve really been thinking twice about the shows I go to to ensure I’m not spending too much money travelling in and out of London and getting too many late nights. I know this sounds super old of me but it’s a good way to hone what I see and ensure that what I do go to is what I really want to see. I was meant to see Simple Plan later this month but my friend decided to have his engagement party the same night (how inconvenient! haha), but here is what I did go to.
On Saturday 5th March I headed to Birmingham to catch up with a friend and go to the Sleeping with Sirens show. In all honesty I’m a bit up and down about whether I like SWS as Kellin’s high pitched voice can get a bit irritating and their fans are super young but I thought I’d give them another chance, plus This Wild Life were supporting and I absolutely love their music. I had been out with my friends drinking plenty of cocktails but this show was so much fun and This Wild Life were great!
This photo was taken by the fantastic George Powell
I’d missed seeing Against the Current twice before this month’s show and I was not going to make that mistake again. I’m quite skeptical with female fronted bands but this bunch are absolute stars. The show happened at one of my favourite venues – Camdens’ Koko – and it was everything I’d imagined it would be. My issue with female fronted bands is because live if they catch a bad note or don’t hit something it’s deadly obvious and sometimes hurts your ears where as their male counterparts can generally get away with it much better. Fortunately this wasn’t a worry for Chrissy as her voice carried on just as strong and just as fantastic as it does on record. I am so glad that I finally got to see this bunch.
My final show of the month was another one where I was won over by the support bands. The Qemists and The One Hundred are two amazing bands who blend dance/ rap with rock music and both of them were playing with Crossfaith on tour so I headed back to Reading to see the show with my friend. My god what a night this was, at points it felt far more like a rave in an 18-30’s club in the middle of the Med but all three bands were on top form. It’s not often that I see bands which are more ‘dance rock’ than anything else and seeing one band with a synth is unusual enough but all three bands of the night is non-existent. I think both The One Hundred and The Qemists are underrated bands which more people need to know about. Tonight was also the first time I have done live music photography in a while. In 2014 and 2015 I did loads including last years’ Download Festival because that’s what I needed to do with shows but now Mosh have so many photographers that I tend to review more. Tonight’s show reminded me how much I love doing it though and it was really nice to be the only photographer in the pit!