I have been lucky enough to have been asked by the Knife for the use of one of my photographs for the promotion of their US tour. I feel very honoured, I’m a big fan of them ever since I first came to Sweden 11 years ago. If you live in the States you should check them out at Coachella. The live show is phenomenal. The link is here.
My good friends of M&E (Mathew Bolger & Emelie Lidström) had their first solo exhibition in Malmö on June 7th at Galleri Rostrum. It runs for the whole month of June. If you are in the area please head down as there are some great pieces on display and for sale. Particular favorites are the Masks triptych and the Diysco installation. I was lucky enough to get to photograph the pieces plus the opening, but nothing beats seeing them in reality. The gallery is below. Bands playing were Bodebrixen from Denmark and Goodtime from Ireland. A great interview is to be found by the couple on Thin Air.
I took this photo a while back of my friend John Dermodys hands directly after coming off stage at a gig by his band the Jimmy Cake. He is a top drummer who hits the skins hard. This particular night he was playing like a metronome, nearly in a trance. He was playing so hard that his knuckles were bleeding. I really liked the photo it just seemed so rock and roll to me. It has it all.
I’m not sure if I’ll put this in the exhibition as I don’t think it would fit with all the portraits. I might put it in another one that I am planning which will be more on the theme of parties, night life and music. Which will I guess be a distant memory for me soon as I’ll be a daddy. That’s not saying I won’t be partying again in my life, but it’ll be a rare occasion.
If you are interested in independent music you should check out The Jimmy Cake they are a stalwart of the Dublin music scene. I was in a band called the Connect Four Orchestra in the early 2000’s and we all came up at the same time, along with The Redneck Manifesto, Large Mound, Daemien Frost, Warlords of Pez and The Dudley Corporation. They were good times. It was a really creative time, the nearest thing to my own Madchester/Summer of Love/CBGB’s. I was proud to be part of it, and I met most of my friends during those days. I hope to one day play in a band again. We will see.
The Jimmy Cake are currently looking for funding for the release of their fifth album. If you love independent music and want to help out some artists trying to release a record in these hard economic times then please donate towards their albums release on their fundit page. Thanks for reading.
It feels like a diary post this time.
Watercolour & Ink on 36cm x 51cm Cotton 300g/m² heavyweight paper
The original image was taken from a photo-shoot I did for my friend Richie Egans band, Jape, in mid-2011. We took a bunch of promotional photographs in his back yard in his old house in Rathmines, Dublin. This one was used mainly to promote a single he released online that year called Hands of Fire. The B-side to that release is one of my personal favorite tracks of his and if you want to give the album a listen go here. Incidentally, I also took the photograph that is on the cover of the record.
The hand in the picture is mine. The idea of the photo came naturally. At the time I didn’t have a tripod or lights. So I had to work quickly to use the natural light of the sun behind me. Lining up the hand to the face while giving a bit of glint in his eye was difficult. But we got it in the end. One photograph in particular was pretty out there, spooky in fact. I might just paint that one too.