Skinny Girl Diet at the Moth Club Hackney


Last night I went to the Moth Club. I saw Parrots there a couple of weeks ago, it is near by, a nice atmosphere, cheap to get in (only a fiver!) and I like the gold ceiling there. Last night Ghost Car and Skinny Girl Diet played, both new bands to me. The gig was sold out and packed. Around 70% of the audience was female. I haven’t been to a gig with so many women for ages (ever?). Both bands were fantastic. Gold Car have an organ player who adds an amazing sound to the band and Skinny Girl Diet remind me of early 90s grunge-punk. An energetic pit was formed on most of the dancefloor for the whole night. I bought records from both bands afterwards. skinny girl diet


Asian Dub Foundation & LC Collective at Village Underground


I had a strong coffee and danced non-stop at the Village Underground. The first support act was LC Collective, who were brilliant.

Lyrically Challenged Collective

Lyrically Challenged Collective

I feel totally spoiled with fantastic flute players lately – Nathan Flutebox Lee played with ADF for most of their set. He manages to make playing a flute look like it’s cool and tough.

Asian Dub Foundation

Asian Dub Foundation

Rabies Babies at Happy Punk festival in France


We visited south of France for the Happy Punk festival. We fell in love with Fred’s chien Scarlet, the best punk dog ever. Pink decided to improve our fish costumes with some red tape. Ohhh la la! Rabies Babies love le France!

Rabies Babies

Rabies Babies play a song for Scarlet at the Happy Punk Festival in France

Rabies Babies

Pink taped us up.

Scarlet the dog

Scarlet le Chien

Hollywood Sinners at the Dirty Water Club

Hollywood Sinners

Hollywood Sinners are god, without doubt.

Dirty Water Club @ The Shacklewell Arms, 18/5/13

If there was only one reason to be alive then The Dirty Water Club would surely be that reason. They have put on some of the greatest gigs that I have ever been to, and Saturday night’s show was up there as one of the best.

Dirty Water Club left their regular haunt of Tufnell Park’s Boston Arms a while back, and have since been frequenting various venues around North & East London. The Shacklewell Arms, their home for this gig, was formerly known as a pub visited only by toothless old men and those wanting to score poor quality drugs. Now, post-gentrification of Dalston, the place has great sound and is buzzing with the young and hip, with friendly bar staff who make a mean vodka, lime & soda and pour a decent ale. It almost makes the demise of Dalston Lane worthwhile, even though we can no longer buy guitar strings from Johnson & Jones (RIP).

The line up for Saturday night’s DWC was kicked off by ANO ( a fresh-faced garage band with only one previous performance to their name. I have a feeling that I will be seeing more of ANO. The whole band are cool as f**k. Their singer reminds me of Debbie Harry in the early days, not just her hair and leopard mini skirt, but the way that she delivers her vocals and does a cute hoppy dance throughout each song. She also gets my vote as the person who had the most fun the whole night. She was in the pit and bouncing off the ceiling, quite literally at times, for all 3 subsequent bands.

But by far the main attraction of the night was Spain’s Hollywood Sinners

They are gods.

The gig was packed with all ages and nationalities, and although only the Spanish speakers of the crowd understood what the Hollywood Sinners said in between songs, the international language of fantastic music and sheer energy caused the whole venue to explode. I have never seen this many flying limbs at a gig. Absolutely everyone, young and old, was dancing and stage diving. Yes, there were some stage divers who were old enough to be present at the birth of garage!

Every song the Hollywood Sinners played was a joyful barrage of enthusiasm and pure, wild garage. When they played ‘No Soy Bueno’ ( a mosh-pit filled the entire room.

At the end they asked if we wanted “uno mas?”

We all understood, and too right we wanted more.

We all lost our voices shouting “mas mas mas”.

May 2013 – Munster Raving Loony Party

The Felines

This was the first of my band drawings, the Felines are from Denmark and are incredibly drawable.

Thee Gravemen

The stars of the party! I think that thee Gravemen are from London (or thereabouts) they had a cool ghoul dancer.

The Voladoras

The Voladoras are from Sweden. They have big hair, big shoes and big garage sound! I love them!

The Munster Raving Loony Party is a fantastic fiesta of 60s garage music, held in a 70s style hotel in sunny Piñeda del Mar in Spain.