Sunday, 22 February 2015

Quasimodo + The Black Riders Cult + AMereKat at Bad Apples Rock Bar, Leeds

A bit of history, there is an area of downtown central Leeds called The Calls back in wartime and just after there were 2 or 3 murders a week around it with the bodies found floating in the River Aire. In the late 70’s I used to regularly go to a Punk Club on Call Lane. This somewhat worried my parents. Like most big cities, Leeds as undergone vast modernisation around the old rundown parts and now some areas around the river is quite upmarket.
Bad Apples address is Call Lane, and although I once knew it, it took me 20 minutes and asking 3 Doormen outside other venues to find it.

AMereKat (Pic stolen from Goth City Promotions)
This as to be one of the smallest pubs I have ever been in, but once inside I heard music coming from a downstairs room, I followed. Sure enough I was greeted by Joel from Quasimodo and other friends. AMereKat was already on stage; with getting lost I missed half her set. Here is a link to her latest offering called Anarchy in the Ukulele.

In Bad Apples Rock Bar,
In the middle of the dance floor was this,   err grave!

The Black Riders Cult
Next up were Sheffield Goth band The Black Riders Cult, new to me I had looked them up on SoundCloud and liked what I`d heard. On stage they did not disappoint. Meaningful Bass and Guitars over, but not out drowning darkly sung lyrics and just to confirm (As if needed) where they`re coming from a couple of covers for good measure ~ Anaconda by the Sisters and Iggy Pop`s I Wanna be Your Dog. A great set. I want more and luckily they are back in Leeds next Month. As a new fan I`ll be there. Have a listen here

Top of the Bill were Quasimodo and once again Joel, David and Emma where on great form. Upbeat yet dark, full power head on Goth from three fine musicians  who are also friendly people. Goth Rock how it should be, from its birthplace, played in its birthplace, Leeds. Catch them here, if you live out of town

A great night, I look forward to more here soon.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The Columbarium at Lawnswood Cemetery.

In the New Year I returned to Lawnswood Cemetery to remove the Christmas Wreaths I had placed on my parent`s grave. I always have a walk around different parts of the cemetery
The Chapel at Lawnswood Cemetery.
Because it was the weekend, and no services were happening I decided to go down to the Chapel where I came across this wall plaque.
Plaque on the wall of The Chapel at Lawnswood Cemetery.
Another area where I don`t usually walk is to The Columbarium.
The Columbarium at Lawnswood Cemetery.
Built in 1933 by A E Kirk and Tomlinson, of Leeds is now grade 2 listed.
Looking inside The Columbarium at Lawnswood Cemetery.
Inside are tiers of niches containing cinerary urns and memorial plaques. There is also a War Memorial.
Outside of The Columbarium at Lawnswood Cemetery.
I hope that`s rock salt on the floor by the open plaque!

Friday, 6 February 2015

A New Grandson

I am pleased to announce that this morning at eleven O’ clock, my forth Grandchild was born. A boy at 8lb 7oz Mother and Baby doing well. Congratulations to Olga and Steven. Not seen a photo yet

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...