*NOTE: Originally published on 12/03/18*
It was a shame that I couldn't photograph all of the bands at the Trash Landing gig at the New Cross Inn, but the coverage of Walker Stalker Con London was a priority. Bands such as the leather-clad Moto Vamp and Randy Savages were a shame to miss.
T'was the first time seeing Bournemouth-based The Electric Shakes, self described as:
"If the MC5 and Motorhead had a baby, raised it on some Bon Scott era 'DC with a side of down tuned boogie, and [then] let it run feral looking for a party."
and I have to admit, this statement sums up the band quite nicely; the bassist, "Eric", having a striking resemblance to Lemmy Kilmister only adds to the impression. I would recommend checking out their two albums, The Electric Shakes and Electrohypnosis (both made a nice listening session whilst editing the photos from the evening.)
Los Pepes - "The loudest power-pop band on Earth" - are another band not to miss. Whether its Ben Perrier's frantic singing or guitar-playing style (normally a motion blur onstage) or Kris Hood's wild-eyed drumming, the band never disappoint. Currently on tour to promote their "Greatest Hits" LP on Snap! Records, I definitely can't wait to see them again when they support the sensational Japanese "Jet Rock" band, Guitar Wolf, in Walthamstow in two weeks' time.
Finally, Atomic Suplex - no matter how many times I watch/photograph them live, I never get tired of them. Their infectious energy only grows the longer you are exposed to their garage punk sound. Jim Suplex's electrifying guitar licks , mixed with JD's superfluous drumming and Dan's bass lines creates an hard-hitting, headbanging experience. Even when Jim is thrashing about onstage (hindered by the limited visibility of the pilot helmet), it is highly entertaining.
Trash Landing was a nice little gig to finish off what was an exhausting weekend, and photographing these familiar bands was a nice therapeutic way to cap it off.
Check out the photos of The Electric Shakes here.
Check out the photos of Los Pepes here.
Check out the photos of Atomic Suplex here.