MONDAY MIXTAPE | FAMILY JOOLS | 23.1.17



My latest music obsession comes from the Bristol based four piece indie/rock and roll band Family Jools, who give off some serious vintage vibes. In a recent review from Rebel Noise (read the full article here) premiering their latest single 'Get Off', the band got related to The Beatles which was a huge deal to the band. Who wouldn't want to be related to the most influential rock band of all time?! For most musicians that's an achievement in it's self, and the first of many for the boys.



Their latest single really is special, I haven't heard anything to this calibre for a long time. It's a throw back to simpler times where bands would sit in their home-grown studio bashing out melodies with rough sound recordings and raw, dreamy vocals. Front man George has a unique voice that fits perfectly with the style of music they want to create. I've been to a few gigs they've headlined and it's even better in person which is an impressive skill to acquire, especially when creating these sorts of tracks that you'd think would only sound good on tape. George gets so involved screaming his raspy tones to the crowd and it's truly mesmerising, infact, It's so good I can picture Lennon smiling to himself peacefully, smitten over his rock and roll legacy still living on in up and coming, modern bands like Family Jools.

The boys are heading for good things in the future, having played a tone of recent gigs in places like Camden, and even scoring a Sofar Sounds session. Not only that but Fred Perry Subculture picked them as the ones to watch for 2017, which is highly impressive. You can see what all my hype is about by finding their tracks on Spofity, Apple Music, or iTunes. I've also added them to my Monthly Mix tape playlist on the left side of this page if you want a quick listen here and now!



I'll leave you with their latest video for their track 'Get Off'. Be prepared for a piano-riddled tune with laid-back North Soul attributes. It's a pleasure knowing these boys personally and can't wait to see it all unfold for them. Hopefully I'll have the complete joy of shooting them soon, so there will be plenty more coming up from me and these lads in the future!



  GIG LIST:
30th Nov - LONDON - Fiddlers Elbow
15th Dec - LONDON - The Monarch
7th Jan - STAG + HOUNDS, Bristol

11th Jan - THE MONARCH , London
19th Jan - SOFAR SOUNDS - London
3rd Feb - THIS FEELING, Bristol
3rd Feb - St James Wine Vaults - Bath
26th Feb - Louisiana - Bristol


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ZEPHER FT. THE SHANTICS CO HEADLINE GIG @ THE FLEECE BRISTOL | 10.1.17



On Friday the boys of The Shantics came to visit, not only to see me (joking) but to play at Bristols finest gig venue, The Fleece. They co-headlined with Zepher, who I've written and photographed many times before - have a read! I was pretty excited when they got the gig as I've only seen them practise in their very cool and cosy band room, so this was a right treat for me. You could say I'm a fan girl of the band, being friends with the boys in general helps I suppose. Friendship aside though, these boys are next level songwriters and performers. So, me and Louis of Zepher got together a big group of our nearest and dearest to watch the magic happen. It ended up being a fun night full of tipsy antics and brilliant music.


 
THE SHANTICS |  YouTube | Spotify | Instagram | Facebook | Official Website
 


ZEPHER | Youtube | Facebook | Instagram

The night started off with a couple of local bands, but sadly we missed them play due to taking far too long to get ready, typical of us girls. We managed to get there half an hour before The Shantics were due to go on so we ordered in the drinks, took our positions and waited for start of Colour Wheel to kick in. They played a set list of songs that are yet to be released which sadly means I can't share them with you. You can keep updated on their social media like me though, I'm waiting patiently for their next release so I can add it to my Spotify and listen at my leisure. There isn't a single track I'm not a fan of so I'm buzzing to see what these boys get up to in the future, It's going to be one hell of a ride! Their first self produced single, Maybe I... is available to listen to on both YouTube and Spotify so you should add it to your play list right away. To give it a quick listen it's available on my music player to the left of this page, or watch the official lyric video below.


After a glorious half and hour set from The Shantics, Zepher made their mark on stage, obviously killing it. Louis has started to include a tambourine in his performance which I'm super keen on, his rock and roll persona when throwing it off the stage is brilliant and certainly gets me going! They added a song or two I hadn't heard of before which was a pleasant surprise, and after spending the night before in Manchester I think they were still on a buzz that certainly rubbed off on us all. Being the entertainer he is, Louis dedicated a song to the city itself in a Mancunian accent, trying to be a Gallagher of course. All in all it was a perfect night for me, sirrounded by people the I adore most while being entertained by the boys and their ridiculous talents.

Thank you to both bands for making it a night to rememeber, let's do it all again soon!
 




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BAND FOCUS | ZEPHER LIVE @ THE FLEECE BRISTOL | 2.11.16



On Sunday night I had the pleasure of shooting my favourite group of lads, Zepher. This is the second time I've gotten the chance to take their photos and this time I was put under pressure by taking my first ever set of gig photos. I was thrilled to have my first attempt with them though, as I adore each of them and will happily take their photo whenever they want, which I think will be often after how happy they were with these images. It was a huge weight off of my shoulders when they told me how much they loved them, I really didn't know if I would be any good at this type of photography but I have given myself a strong pat on the back after seeing these.




It was so much fun getting close and personal, capturing their performance in photo form. The gig itself was at one of Bristol most loved venues, The Fleece. Home to many clubnights and tribute bands like Guns 2 Roses, The Doors Alive and Novana, sounds like a laugh doesn't it? I'm yet to see a tribute band but I'm intrigued at the thought of it, as it's not like I'll be able to see Nirvana live, so why not enjoy a night of their music performed by a look-a-like band? Sounds like fun! The night I attended wasn't for a cheesy cover band though, it was for their Night Before Halloween event which hosted dozens of bands playing from 1.30pm till later that evening. I sadly missed the other bands though due to working all day, but made it just in time to see the boys.

You may of caught my last post on the band, where I shot some images for their Facebook page and took the opportunity to write about them and share some of their music with you, but if you missed it you can have a read here. It was a pleasure hearing them live once again, this time surprising me with some new material as well as my favourite track of theirs, She Trouble. I pestered Louis a few times to put it on the set list for me and he pulled through! It's my favourite and a definite crowd-pleaser.

If you're heading to Bristol or happen to be a local then keep your eye out for nights on at The Fleece, and definitely keep watch of Zepher and their social medias for upcoming events and new releases from them. The Bristol music scene is ecstatic so I highly recommend a night of seeing talented bands come together to support each other and play the music they are so passionate about.

Many thanks to the guys of Zepher for having faith in me and bringing me along, I had a blast!



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THE TURNER EFFECT | 9.10.16



During the summer I went to see The Last Shadow Puppets in concert as part of Bristol Summer Series. I had the most amazing time singing along to their hits like 'Miracle Aligner', 'Sweet Dreams, TN' and eyeing up Miles Kane whenever I stupidly thought he was looking at me. Can you blame a girl for trying? It was a fun night filled with many attempts to get Alex Turner to throw us his jacket and some idiots shouting 'Kane-oh!' every five minutes, and although I was there for the music that I've been a fan of for years, I was also there to see the marvellous human that is Turner grace the stage.




 
Top - TLSP merchandise
Coat - M&S
Jeans - Topshop
Loafers - Topshop
Glasses - Vintage via Depop
Rings - Mixture of Bloody Mary Metal and vintage



Photographs by Isla Macdonald Fraser | Instagram

These days it seems like people have a problem with Turner, saying he's too cocky for his own good and that he's lost his spark, but I think he's just getting started. His time at Bristol Summer Series and later at Glastonbury proved he is not only a ridiculously talented musician, but the perfect frontman. His stage presence is everything I want from a performer - he has so much charisma and banter, it's hard to take your eyes off him when he's serenading you from his platform. He knows he's cocky and I think he exaggerates it because he enjoys the theatrical element of it all, it's a performance and he's milking it while he can.

His cheeky attitude is perfectly matched by his out-there style. When I saw him he wore an outfit very similar to the one he wore at Glastonbury this year. The outfit was custom made by Ray Brown, a stagewear designer for rock and rollers like Tony Iommi, Judas Priest and Muse. Brown fashioned Turner a white blazer to throw over a skimpy vest that tucked into a pair of cropped, flared suit trousers. On his feet he wore a pair of what looked like Gucci loafers and topped it all off with a pair of sleazy tinted aviators. He didn't keep his jacket on for long as it was restricting him from getting his groove on, so he slung it around in the air and propped it on his shoulder from time to time. This outfit has really stuck with me since and I can't help but take elements of it and make it my own.

In the wake of this I've put together an outfit inspired by the man himself. My t-shirt isn't similar to one he's worn but it is a title and lyric from one of my favourite Shadow Puppets songs - Everything You've Come to Expect (if that wasn't obvious). I know he'd enjoy my metallic pink wannabe Gucci loafers as he always has a pair on his feet. Since wearing them I've been reminded how much I love them, and these Topshop ones have been on my radar for months. They come in a silly amount of colours and styles to chose from. Online, Topshop has a range of animal print, other metallics and the classic black leather. I've had my eye on the heeled versions that have come out recently, so similar to the works of Gucci but at a fraction of the price.

Talking of items I've recently fallen for, let's move onto my jacket. This faux fur M&S coat is supposed to be a Christmas present from my mother, but I sweet-talked her into letting me have it early - thanks mum! When jacket season comes around I'm often wearing faux fur and I try to purchase a couple of new ones every season because although they never go out of style, I like to have a wardrobe refresh and something new to wear. Coats take up most of your winter outfit so having one that makes a statement is a must, and this emerald green number surely does that, not that my shoe choice doesn't already!

I'm always inspired by how musicians dress, Turner being no exception. I've admired his style since the beginning when he wore indie polo-shirts and ill-fitting jeans like we all did in the early noughties, so even I thought it was cool back then. But now, in the more recent days he's evolved into a serious style king with his two most recent looks. The first being the tight leather jacket, short jeans and quiffed up hair, to the current over-the-top eighties inspired suiting and oversized collared shirts.. For years his style has been one that I've watched closely, mainly due to my massive crush but also because he can do no wrong when putting an outfit together, whether that's a thank-you to his stylist or the man himself I don't know. Either way, kudos!



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BAND FOCUS | ZEPHER | 2.10.16



Bristol is a thriving pool of creativity, there are artists swarming the streets and musicians everywhere you turn. Since moving here I've met many amazingly talented people that make beautiful works of art, or can sing melodies perfectly while playing intense guitar riffs, just one of the many reasons I love this city. I got the chance to capture one Bristol band that made me want to get out and see more of what the music scene it has to offer.

Meet Zepher, a Bristol based rock-pop band that will get you singing along to their songs instantly. The band consist of Welsh brothers Louis Ellis (lead vocals) and Toby Ellis (drums, vocals) and guitarist Shannon Edwards, who put in a lot of hard work that will surely bring them plenty of success in the industry. I was lucky enough to hear them play at a gig back in May. This was my first time seeing them and I was instantly hooked. I find it easy to love bands that fall into the pop-rock genre as they depend on catchy lyrics and epic choruses. Of course, most of Zepher's songs have those in spades, which made it a gig that I could enjoy every minute of. Their stage presence is electric, with each member playing with everything they have and using up all parts of the stage (bar Toby, who sits himself firmly at his drum kit getting into the moment).




I met front man Louis when I first started working at my job and without even asking, I knew he was a musician. Creative people usually ooze some sort of flair, he was no exception. Louis does the rock'n'roll thing rather well, which is ideal if you're the singer of a rock band. Shannon and Toby match perfectly also, which means as a trio they are sure to put on a show. Zepher have been together since 2012 and have been busy throughout those four years writing and recording original material and playing shows around the UK. The entire band have eclectic music tastes and influences and try to listen to a varied and diverse range of music. However, the group's original material is, in essence, riff-based rock that relies heavily on melody and pop sensibilities.

The band used to be a foursome, so have created music with other members in the past. I got to see them all together but I'm excited for what's to come with their new, slightly smaller team. Having recently dealt with the line-up change, they took some time away to concentrate on songwriting and their sound as a three piece, but they are now gearing up to make one hell of a return to the scene with brand new material and a bigger sound. The band are also in talks with various studios and producers with regards to recording new music for an EP; release TBC. With all these plans in place, they are sure to come back strong and ready to take on whatever comes their way.


My favourite Zepher song so far is She Trouble, released in November last year. Every time I think about it, it's stuck in my head for days - a blessing rather than a curse. There's no denying it's a complete tune that has a memorable chorus and a compelling sound. When scrolling through their YouTube to have another listen, I can across an absolute gem that I had yet to see, a 90's inspired power-ballad that isn't just a good tune, but a great time for Louis's hair. Grow it back! Hair aside, the great thing about their videos is the high production value, which is rare to see from an up-and-coming band. Usually it takes a good while before parts like that become decent, but Zepher have put time and effort into their music in all ways possible.

Zepher work so hard to make music their passion by forever practising and coming up with new ideas, which was great to witness when having the chance to shoot them. The boys asked me to take some photographs of them for their Facebook page - obviously I said yes! I've been wanting to try out music photography for some time now and what better place to start than with Zepher? A band full of talented lads with so much energy and charisma to give.



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THREE DAYS IN LONDON | 6.6.16


It was about time I had a break from the norm and have a little get away if only for a few days. It was a joint decision from me and my best(and boy)friend, who was also massively up for some time off. London isn't quite as adventurous as New York or as warm as a beach in Greece but it's something. I'll go anywhere and no matter now many times I've been to London i'll always enjoy it, even more so in good company.




We were lucky enough to stay in Stockwell which was the perfect location to relax in after a hectic day in the centre of all the madness. Suprisingly, on the journey there you can actually enjoy a quiet tube ride after the Victoria stop had past, what a luxury! Thanks to Kierans brother we got to rest out heads in his lovely home just a few shorts minutes from the tube. He left out breakfast for us in the morning and gave us great recommendations for coffee and breakfast spots in Brixton, which was handy as the pair of us can't function without a cup in the morning. It felt like our own Airbnb and if their home was listed I'd be giving you all a link and them a great review with many stars, thank you for the stay!

On our first day we did the real mainstream thing and took ourselves to Oxford Street for some high street shopping. Being two Topshop and Topman workers we had to see what the flagship had to offer, it's sort of our duty. Before getting too wrapped up in shopping we headed to The Diner on Carnaby Street which is where I usually go to stock up on carbs for a big day ahead as they do a mean plate of pancakes which is surprisingly hard to find back in Bristol. We just shopped, shopped and shopped some more until all of the viscose shirts had been browsed then headed back to our tempery home for a plate of home cooked food and a decent nights sleep.



Day two was sure to be a good one as we were finally about to feast our eyes on The Rolling Stones exhibition, Exhibitionism. Without sounding like too much of an obsessed fan, I have honestly never been so excited for anything else, ever. You don't have to be a genius to know that The Stones are one of my greatest passions in life, it's pretty fucking obvious. I've planned a post about the exhibition in full which should be posted in the upcoming week so I won't go on any further, but if you are a mega fan then head to the Saatchi Gallery pronto!

After an emotional hour and a half of gallery viewing we headed in the direction of Southbank for a stroll along the riverside and a quick pop into Tate Modern, and by that I mean quick enough for me to use the bathroom and to walk around a couple of rooms. It didn't quite hit the spot the same way Exhibitionism did, sorry modern art. We did end up in yet another Topshop though where I scored some amazing flared dungarees, which I was very much feeling after seeing Keith's tour wardrobe earlier that day, swings and roundabouts!

Another day with a crazy amount of walking done and all we could think about was food, which to be fair is what we think about 80% of the time anyway. Kev (Kierans brother) recommended a pizza joint in Brixton called Franco Manca which sounded amazing and definitely met our expectations. It was located within a market in the heart of the ever cool Brixton and despite being in London it had a real authentic feel to it, if you didn't look at your surroundings too much it genuinely felt like being back in Rome. The Pizza, more importantly, was unreal. So unreal that Kieran stated it was the 'best he'd ever eaten' and that's coming from a man whose had plenty in his lifetime. For me, it was up there and that's coming from a girl whose tasted real Italian baked circles of doughy goodness straight from the heart of Italy. Basically, we highly recommend it. We ended the night having a drink in some trendy new bar in Brixton that I didn't catch the name of but Kieran had a Ziggy Stardust cocktail that impressed us a great deal despite it should of being called Aladdin Sane...



Our final day in London featured a trip to the eastern side of town where we ended up wondering around Shoreditch for most of the day. Like complete 'hipsters', we went to all of the vintage stores that are plonked in the Brick Lane area. They didn't have much to offer other than a motorcycle print shirt for yours truly, I'm also still dreaming about a pair of Led Zeppelin shorts I saw that had been crafted from an old tour t-shirt, I really regret not slipping my butt into those babies.

Day three came to an end and it was time to get head back home in style via Megabus, hoorah! It was a glorious few days away from our busy lives and it gave us time to be in a romantic holiday bubble for short while. Time to plan our next adventure and this time make it longer and hotter!



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TUSKENS AND SPECIAL GUESTS @ THE STAG AND HOUNDS | 26.5.16



I give credit to anyone who takes live music photos for a living, it is hard. It probably wasn't my smartest idea as it was my first time in doing so, and the fact I was shooting heavy pop-punk bands didn't equate to an easy ride. These lads know how to use every inch of their stage by jumping around and screaming singing with the audience, which as you can imagine is hard to capture in photo form. I tried my very hardest but I think I'll leave it to the experts next time.





Photographed - Vaults, Limiter, Tuskens.



Let's go back three weeks and talk about an event my friend Sophie put on at The Stag & Hounds in Bristol with some friends for their college course, which I'm sure they aced as the night was great. It was full of hardcore, male driven bands who look like they jumped straight off of their skate boards and onto the stage. I admit that the music wasn't my usual choice but anything made after the 90's usually isn't so no hard feelings there I hope.

The headliners (Tuskens) absolutely smashed their set and that's coming from someone who hasn't got a clue about this side of the music spectrum. The crowd knew the songs on the set list which I'm sure felt great to the boys in the band. I felt myself nodding along with the heavy guitar rifts and the sound of the lead singers Americanised vocals. It was a glorious throw back to when I fell in love with Blink 182 and Sum 41, both not as heavy as Tuskens but give off that old-school feel both Blink and Sum 41 do.

It was hard not to get into the spirit of things when you're surrounded by men and women who clearly have a passion for the bands they are there to see. We witnesses one young gentleman trying to start which I assume was a mosh pit but looked more like interpretive dance. I adore it when anyone gets so into the music that they just let it all go, if I were seeing a The Smiths tribute band I'd be getting my moves out too!

The venue was small but intimate, almost like we were in someones living room and the bands were playing purely for their friends (which was probably the case) and family. There's something about pop-punk that feels like a culture rather than a taste of music, a lot like rock and roll. These kids live and breath the bands they listen to, the way they dress and act reflects that. Snap back caps and over sized t-shirts with an intense quote plastered on the back seemed to be their version of the leather jacket and spray on skinnies. 

I learnt a lot that evening like how to not take photos of bands, but also it was a reminder that music truly is a way of life. Thank you to Sophie for the good times, I hope you smash your course out the window like Keith Moon would a guitar!




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TAME IMPALA @ ALEXANDRA PALACE | 21.2.16



This time last week I was sat on my couch reminiscing from the night before, letting all of the feelings and vibes sink in and that's because last Saturday I spent the night with one of my bestest pals in the beautiful palace of Alexandra, I'm talking about Alexandra Palace which by the way is the most incredible venue for a gig. We were overwhelmed with the beauty of the place and it seemed like the perfect location to lose ourselves in glory that is Tame Impala. If you've been living under a rock for the past 9 years they've been active (don't worry I haven't known them for the whole decade either) then let me fill you in a little bit. Tame Impala features a group of Australian dudes that produce incredibly psychedelic sounds of which Kevin Parker, the main man of the touring five piece wrote and made in his garage in a 'home-recording project' by himself, which sounds a little lonely but pretty artsy and impressive too.



Once we settled into Ally Pally with our £5 cider we were soon faced with drunken hipsters who thought they were at Glastonbury, the boy next to me insisted on sharing his shoulders with all of his friends before realising it's not impressive or kind it's just bloody annoying. That's nothing a good elbowing can't fix though and it wasn't going to ruin the euphoric state we were about to endure. We spent a couple of hours witnessing the group in all of it's glory while they showcased their latest hits with a sideshow of light displays and confetti.

It was a great time to be alive and the night itself was pretty magical. Knowing what went into the production of the tracks made it all the more impressive, thinking of Parker on his lonesome banging out his sixties inspired tunes made me appreciate the piece of art it really is.

If you're new to the band then I suggest taking a time out and listening to their latest album, Currents which is what they played for the hundreds of us at Ally Pally. It features simple yet catchy guitar riffs and drum beats teamed with the soulfully raw voice of Parker himself. Seriously, if you're into psychedelic rock or wondering what the heck that even is - listen to The 13th Floor Elevators as they were one of the first psychedelic bands in rock 'n' roll, a fact told to me by my friend Lewis. Thanks for your knowledge Lewis - then do check them out because you don't know what you're missing.

TIGERLILY x

STARMAN | 12.01.16




After a day of reflecting I still feel heart broken, I always will. In the words of Suzanne Moore - 'My David Bowie, alive forever'. Bowie was a man of many talents and could do no wrong in my eyes, he is an idol to so many of us and even writing this I feel completely numb. For me Bowie was more than just the music, he was an icon that I looked up to for inspiration and guidance. I learnt to accept people for who they are no matter how colourful and flamboyant they may be. We are all special and unique no matter what clothes we wear or who we love. We can be whoever we want to be, Bowie taught me that.



I grew up with his music so of course one of my favourite songs has to be a Bowie record - Rock'n'Roll Suicide to be exact. I also remember the joy on my face when I got given my first Bowie record, hearing Heroes spinning around on vinyl already gave me shivers so imagine what it's going to do to me now. Some songs can make you feel a certain way and there's something about so many of his that make me feel funny inside. There's that classic Lou Reed song Satellite of Love that features Bowie on the backing vocals which is another top song of mine, maybe subconsciously because of him I don't know but that song will now mean even more to me. I feel fifteen again whenever I play that track as I had a mad The Velvet Underground phase back then and remembering his vocals gracing it makes the memory even more sweet.

I keep thinking about how people we don't know on a truly personal level can effect us so much. I go on and on about my love for Jagger and Richards that I just can't fathom the thought of them passing. I mean, I get worked up at the thought of Harrison Ford dying on the weekly and I don't even know these men! But I actually think it's pretty amazing that someone can be loved so much that if they're going through a tough time, we would be to. I will be a complete and utter mess when the idols in my life pass because these men have moulded me into the woman I am today, most of my likes stem back to my icons like the way I dress and the music I choose to listen to. I have grow up with their influences in my life and at the age of twenty one I still envy them as much as I did when I was a kid.

His last album feels like a goodbye now, listening back to the lyrics makes me feel stupid that I didn't figure out something was wrong sooner. Selfishly though I want to remember him as the light and soul he was and so tonight I will be swooshing about to Let's Dance in my silver booties as a tribute to Ziggy Stardust. You are my hero and you've shown me that we can be heroes too.

TIGERLILY x