Saturday, 14 April 2018

Grooving In Green + October Burns Black + Auger at Carpe Noctum, Leeds

I had looking forward to this gig ever since I knew about it, but on Saturday morning I didn`t feel up to it especially with having to work. Then in the afternoon I got a text offering me a lift, so how could I refuse? 
It`s now a week since this gig and it doesn`t look like I`m going to write anything like a meaningful review, other than to say all 3 bands were great and I loved them all. I danced, I had great fun with friends and I guess I drank a bit too much.
October Burns Black 
 Here are a few snaps of the bands I took.
Grooving In Green 

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

A Weekend of Nostalgia At York

After the last few hectic weekends I was looking forward to a relaxing time in the caravan, and now been free of any committee / management  / ad hock roles that had so often taken over my `free` time before our local camping (caravanning) group died, this was going to be a lazy weekend.
As we drove along the long drive into the field a family who were walking out of camp waved us down and warned me to stop at the top of the hill to meet the steward and asses the ground conditions. We did, and it was not great, however we had no trouble in siting our unit and making camp. We had a warming bowl of Chris`s homemade soup and decided to go into town on Friday as it had the best weather forecast. 
York Cricket and Ruby club. 
 It poured it down! Back in the `van I was keen to start reading a book I had brought with me. A friend of mine had written his autobiography. I can really recommend it, I always had thought of myself as a `full time` Punk back in the day but Wayne really lived the dream, living in squats and always on the move. It left me feeling a bit of a `straight` by comparison. Wayne Reid, My Book – innit.
Wayne Reid, My Book – innit.
 Saturday it rained most of the time we had a short walk to the local Fish `n` Chip shop in the only dry period. I then continued reading. 
York in better weather 
 Sunday morning, we had breakfast and started packing up. A man, who I didn`t know, but he obviously knew who we were, came up to me and asked “If I was missing Spen” (Our old group) He said how much he liked the events that Chris and I had run for Spen at Skipton and other places he had been to. It turned out he came from the other side of the country. It`s nice when people remember you and what you have done.
York in better weather 

Some people were having trouble getting off the field, the group`s committee were out helping pushing and towing them off. I felt a bit guilty not helping as I would have done in our own group, and I really hoped I could get off myself without help.  Which we did, a few people even came up to me and said “You did that well” etc.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The Expelaires + Dawn of Elysium + Void Ships Captain At The Fulford Arms.

Although the Fulford Arms is a hours drive away (Still a bit worried I drove too fast though the road works 40mph bit) it always feels more like `my local` than the pub 3 minutes` walk from my house.
I just got the last parking space in the car park and as soon as I entered the room was greeted by Alex and Charles from Dawn of Elysium, the door keeper arrived and I paid my fee. Next Martin from The Expelaires came and we were about to `man-hug` when he jumped back from my jacket which I am starting to put studs on, they are a bit sharp
My Jacket (work in progress)
The Fulford Arms as a very tempting array of fine ales on offer and I opted for a ruby Porter. Only one then it would have to be shandy due to the drive home. Pubs are closing down at a terrible rate in the UK and whilst it`s easy to blame supermarkets for selling cheap booze I think it`s more to do with the governments Drink-Drive laws and peoples fear of been breath analysed. Before these were introduced Pubs were always packed every night!
So the night`s openers were Void Ships Captain, a five piece with an interesting six string Bass guitar. They played long songs that I tended to lose track off.
Void Ships Captain
Middle band was the wonderful Dawn of Elysium. Although I have seen them many times before their set is constantly evolving and a great mix of new songs and older favourites like Doused in Green and Riding The Cloud, finishing with the only cover of Pictures of Matchstick Men. 
Dawn of Elysium 
A quick turnaround then The Expelaires were on. I don`t know how many times I`ve seen them going back to 1979 but it`s a lot. Due to `other things` going on in my life at the moment I have been playing Wall of Sound a lot lately and they didn't disappoint they played it. Poundland and That's Rock and Roll also stood out and grand. 
The Expelaires 

That took us to half past eleven and so to home, time to say the goodbyes and thank you`s. A great night as always.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Rhombus + Gothzilla + The Black Riders Cult at Crape Noctum, Leeds.

I had been offered a lift there and back, which meant I didn`t have to monitor my alcohol intake too closely, in fact I didn`t at all.
The Black Riders Cult had just started by the time we got in, but I was soon into the music. I have seen them a few times before, best described as early Sisters, but with bigger echo. All too soon they came round to finishing with Midnight Flower which I love
The Black Riders Cult
 The break gave me a chance to say hi to a few folk including Tim from Gothzilla. not surprisingly the club was filling up early. I emptied my pint and headed to the bar for a refill. I turned around and Gothzilla were on stage and saying hello I politely made my way to the front just in time to get the thumps-up from Tim.
 Gothzilla open with the first track from their first CD. Todays A Good Day To Die. This is becoming quite personal to me in my usual surreal way, it`s the third time Gothzilla have played Leeds and every time it marks the dearth of someone I know. Next song up was Tight wire which I also love it and from there on couldn`t stop dancing though all my favourites like Negative Creep, Temple of Sound and ending with Army of Angels. I even got a stage mention for supporting them! Orr thanks.
All that dancing so back to the bar, but, Disaster the bar man had disappeared! Whilst waiting I was talking to Jason from The Black Riders Cult, who then very kindly brought me a pint. Thank you!
  I when straight back to the front ready for Rhombus and had a quick natter to Alix and Andy as they did their final sound check. Lee, Rob and Edward came on stage and they started with Open The Sky. Playing though a list of my favourite Rhombus songs with 1 or 2 new ones added in it was a brilliant set ending with Anywhere and Timeless and Elegant. 
Rhombus, even managed to get a shoot of Lee on drums.

Back to the bar and find a seat, I needed a rest, that is, till Howard played New Rose and I found myself on the dance floor. In fact the dance floor kept calling for the likes of Killing Jokes War Dance, The Cramps, The Cure and a good few more, until my lift said “About ten minutes”

But what a night, super, thanks to all that made it so.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Martinfest 3

Last Thursday was Martinfest 3, an annual event held at The Packhorse in Leeds. This year raising money for the charity MIND, for which we made £100.00.
You just know it`s going to be a super night when before you get to the pub you find Martin looking through a window of a café and join him in pulling faces at `Wolfe` from The Expelaires !!
Anyway once inside the `Usual Suspects` were at the bar, and we talked about gigs past, present and future, as you do. Joel appeared and I `thanked` him for designating my birthday date as `The Day of The Goths` (He`s doing an event on it by that name) It seems only right anyway.
Byronic Sex and Exile
 Upstairs paid my money and grabbed a seat. More friends were there.
Martin said a few words and Byronic Sex and Exile, that`s Joel, opened the proceedings. My favourite had to be and as Joel introduced it. “A Leeds favourite Goth song, but made a few decades earlier” ~~1859, which actually made more sense than the original 1959. He finished with a cover of the `Stones Sympathy for the Devil.
Then as a tribute to Mark E. Smith of The Fall Andy Watson read a few of his words.
The Xlerators, Martin`s at the back!
 Back to the fun, The Xlerators, Martin (Drums) Andy Holmes (Guitar), Ian (Bass) and Ken (Vocals and guitar) They have to be the BEST covers band I have ever seen. Playing Punk and New Wave, finishing as always with Jet Boy, Jet Girl made into a medley including a bit of Sweet Caroline, and Shake and Vac TV advertisement !! You have to be there or at least watch this video on youtube.
Grape from The Expelaires joined The Xlerators for “Be Your Dog” 
 After that I needed more beer on the way down I met Grape (going up) from The Expelaires. I first saw them in 1979 and they are celebrating their Ruby anniversary. I just got back in time for the start of their set, and what a belter it was. 
The Expelaires, Martin`s still at the back!
Time for home and bed, up at half six in morning. I`m getting too old for this….

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Not A Blog For Blogs Sake.

I started my Blog for two reasons; firstly as an on-line archive for the back log of pieces I had written for my caravanning group`s magazine, (Spen `n` Ink). And secondly as a way to get my trade name (App`y The Gardener) on line without having to try and set-up a proper website
So the first 35 or so posts were simply `copy and pasted` from my Spen `n` Ink files. I then started to use it as a bit of a diary, nothing to personal, writing about nights out, Greyhound stuff. Along with work related stories and visits to cemeteries followed.
My life in one, Greyhound (Holly), Camping and Goth.
I never felt that I had to Blog, and apart from in lent in 2012, where I purposely posted every day, I only post when I have something to write about that is relevant to me, and is too long to put on Facebook.

It`s not Blog for Blogs sake. 

Friday, 12 January 2018

Misty Day At Lawnswood Cemetery

At this time of year I don`t have a great deal of work, so after I`d finished I decided to go and remove the Christmas Wreath I had put on my parents grave. 
My parents grave at Lawnswood Cemetery
However It still looked so nice and there were a lot still on other graves I decided to leave it a bit longer. I not sure of the protocol for how long you should leave them on graves?
At Lawnswood Cemetery
 The big cemetery always looks so good in mist. I was a bit sorry that I was not better dressed for my visit, I like to just appear out of the mist in long coat and tall hat. Here are some of the pics I took.
At Lawnswood Cemetery

At Lawnswood Cemetery

At Lawnswood Cemetery

Grooving In Green + October Burns Black + Auger at Carpe Noctum, Leeds

I had looking forward to this gig ever since I knew about it, but on Saturday morning I didn`t feel up to it especially with having to wor...