Another Friday, and another gig for Mute Elephant. I really wasn’t sure of what to expect from the lineup (Brix and the Extracted // The Membranes // Tom Hingley Band). I’d heard the names before, but not the music. I’d been asked to come along and take some photos so I wasn’t going to turn down an evening of music and the change to catch up with Jayne and Grant, all be it briefly.
Tom Hingley was first up, I’ve seen had heard Tom’s previous band The Inspiral Carpets many, many times but this was a little different. The three piece stepped up tho the plate and put ion a great show, lots of energy and obviously enjoyed themselves.
Next up – The Membranes. I’d heard the name and knew of John Robb the lead singer and knew this was going to be a bit ‘punky’. I wasn’t disappointed. The band launched into a tight set with Robb enthusiastically bounding over the stage, beckoning the crowd to come closer. There was certainly a good vibe in the audience. I really enjoyed shooting The Membranes, the set was vibrant and Robb is a great frontman.
Finally the main event, Brix and the Extricated. Now, I’m no fan of The Fall. I tried to like them but never really ‘got’ Mark E Smith at all. Having said that, Brix put on a great show, was cool beyond words and I have no doubt that the fans loved it. Music skills were clearly there, but its just no my kind of music!
Photographically the event was awesome, a respectful crowd that let me get to the front when I wanted to m
ove around, ‘interesting’ lighting which made things quite challenging too. I’m very happy with the pictures that I took though. I’ve really enjoyed shooting the smaller gigs that I’ve covered for Mute elephant this year, bit gigs are awesome, I can’t deny that, however the challenge of the smaller shows, the fact that there is no photographers pit so being in amongst it makes for a different vibe. It also allows me to com up with some images that might not be ‘perfect’ but maybe show a little more intimacy. Mute Elephant also put on a lot of bands from the 90’s so although they may be past their heyday the musicians are very skilled and that shows in all the events I’ve been to.