Shakes, fries, rattle & roll! Here is the result of my recent shoot with The Lash at Burlington’s American Diner. If noisy rock & soul is your thing, check out their debut music video here. It was shot entirely on smartphones for a modest budget of £0 (some music bloggers have expressed disbelief over this but it’s true, I watched it happen!).
In late September 2012 Chris and I flew out to Los Angeles to begin a road trip around my favourite place in the whole world, California. We spent a few days in Los Angeles before hitting the road to rough it in the wilderness of the national parks. We had a night in Sequoia and four blissful days camping in Yosemite Valley then back to civilisation, San Jose and finally San Francisco (yep, I wore flowers in my hair). The idea was to relax after a hectic wedding season but I don’t do resting very well and we crammed so much in. Space shuttles, big trees, bears, Disneyland, lots of hiking, a little bit of cycling and all the adventures in between… these are just a few highlights of our trip. Day One – London to Los Angeles Check out the tiny Hollywood sign in the hills! Also, what the heck is going on with Virgin’s inflight meals? I can’t decide which was more disappointing; the two crustless, filling free, toddler sized finger “sandwiches” they served after starving us for ten hours or the tub of dust I had for pudding. I’m usually happy with airplane food but this was…
Totally smouldering, super talented and effortlessly shredding it up. Orianthi makes me regret wasting so much time as a teenager hanging around Newport castle eating pick & mix and rating effeminate indie rock boys. Clearly I should have been practising my guitar. She was awesome! Alice Cooper was the first proper rock concert I ever went to so I was ecstatic to be in the photo pit thirteen years later. I spent my three songs focused on Orianthi but luckily I got to stick around and watch the show afterwards. High energy, mad theatrics, the man himself never falters – what a legend!
This photo of prog rock band Godsticks is one of my favourite shots of the year. It took a bit of a trek on a blustery day, dragging lighting gear through the wetlands and weighing the stands down so they didn’t topple into the marshes, plus the guys were eager to rush back and watch the football so we had to work quickly! I’m well happy with how everything turned out though and am looking forward to seeing it incorporated into the rest of the album artwork.
When jobs like this come along the best way to prepare is to listen to Still Of The Night and hope the reality of the gig matches the video! In addition to shooting the show, Total Guitar sent me to photograph guitarist Doug Aldrich’s rig earlier on that day. Lovely Doug Aldrich with his awesome hair & shiny trousers! He was so humble & friendly. I also sat in for the interview and had a sneak peek at David Coverdale’s dressing room. Photography was understandably forbidden but what an awesome project it would make to go inside the dressing rooms of legendary rockstars. If only!