Photos: Slayer & Marilyn Manson @ Mayhem Fest

Slayer and Marilyn Manson are headlining this year’s Mayhem Fest, which is coming to a city very near you if you live in the States. Photographer Alex Crick got some bangin’ shots of the bands who played at White River this Tuesday. First enjoy these shots of Slayer and Marilyn Manson, then carry on with pix of Killswitch Engage, Bullet for My Valentine and more.


Marilyn Manson

All photos by Alex Crick.

Photos & Review: The Jim Rose Circus @ the Showbox

Jim Rose is the consummate showman, you can be sure of that. His banter is relaxed when necessary and urgent when necessary. It’s gripping. I can now say I saw his razor blade talent – and his razor blade trick – in person. Something else I like about Jim Rose is that he shares the stage with other performers, a lot of artists just don’t want to do that, and it’s done in a way that’s not self-serving. I don’t want to go into too much detail because you just need to see this stuff and describing it would either ruin it or not do justice to it. The Jim Rose Circus includes Bebe the Circus Queen, two wrestlers – SiNn BoDhi and Jake the Snake Roberts, and a Burmese Python for this tour – as well as a few other performers. Every minute was entertaining and I really got into the wrestling match. This is great material for photography and I am thrilled I got to document it.

All photos by Dagmar
The Jim Rose Circus at the Showbox Gallery

Photos & Review: Emilie Simon @ the Crocodile

France’s Emilie Simon is a beautiful, sexy artist who conveys her emotions even if you don’t understand a word of French. Not all her songs are in French so English speakers can delight in her English lyrics as well. She wouldn’t need even to talk to the audience and her presence would remain magnificent. But like her opener, Butterfly Boucher, she engaged the audience with just enough conversation. I am in love with her voice, a voice that’s difficult to describe as it’s got a rare and unafraid range. I don’t think I have heard a voice this unique since Klaus Nomi, and that’s a compliment of the highest order. I’m not saying she sounds like Klaus Nomi, just that she’s got a singular voice. Standout pieces for me were Ballad, Opium, Dreamland, Closer and The Way I See You. Opium in particular was a space age dream the way she presented it in her gold dress and with what appeared to be a robotic attachment on her arm.

Emilie Simon @ the Crocodile Gallery

Photos: Photos & Gallery of The Bravery @ KeyArena

I’ve seen the Bravery several times and they are one of the most consistently great bands I know of. Ever since I heard An Honest Mistake, Hot Pursuit, The Ring Song . . . well I honestly love their albums and the new one is coming out very, very soon. If you missed them last night the good news is there is a fall tour planned. I can’t wait for them to come back here.

All photos by Dagmar
The Bravery Gallery

Interview: The Whip

I talked with Danny Saville and Nathan Sudders of Manchester’s the Whip after their stunner of a show recently in Seattle. Saville, keys, and Sudders, bass make up half of the Whip, which is way up there on my list of favorite bands. Together they make this perfect kind of beautiful bass heavy synth music with the addition of a vocals/guitar from Bruce Carter and drums from Fiona Daniel. You can’t reproduce this woman’s mighty drumming on a machine – live she’s dynamite. The connection of this band live is something very rare – they seem actually to enjoy themselves in a completely unselfconscious way. And Carter, well, his voice is a filthy pleasure.

Dagmar: I’ve been reading about how great Fiona’s house parties are.

Nathan Sudders: She’s renowned for her house parties. I’ve spent a couple of days in her flat, partying. She’s a bit of a monster. It’s all true.

D: So she’s just a drumming monster?

NS: She’s a drumming party animal.

Danny Saville: I don’t know where she gets all her energy sometimes.

D: So you used to live in Salford?

NS: No, that’s where Bruce and Danny started recording.

DS: In the cellar of a pub. We started most of the album there.

D: Was the cellar a creepy place?

DS: It was supposed to be haunted. A lot of the barmaids wouldn’t go down to the cellar. It was an interesting place to be because there was loads of random karaoke going on upstairs. On one of the tracks, can’t remember which one, you can hear bits of karaoke in the background.

D: I asked in part because Salford is the inspiration for one of my favorite shows, Coronation Street.

NS: You can go to Grenada studios and walk down Coronation Street.

D: That would be so much fun.

NS: It’s good. You can go into Rovers Return and have a pint. It’s British National Heritage.

D: When Vera Duckworth died it was very sad.

NS: End of an era.

DS: She [Actress Elizabeth Dawn] owns a pub in real life. Right in the middle of Manchester, so you can go to Vera Duckworth’s bar. There are photos of her celebrity friends all over the wall. I’ve been there for a drink.

D: Do all of you get together and write the music?

NS: The nucleus is Bruce and Danny. It comes together live and odd little things change.

DS: We record wherever we can.

D: How did you get started in music? Did you start as kids?

NS: I started playing bass when I was twelve years old.

DS: I started playing guitar when I was twelve years old.

NS: My dad’s brother was a musician and when I was two or three years old I used to go up to this one guitar – I was fascinated by this one guitar my uncle had. He actually gave it to me. It was a cheap bass guitar and I carried it around with me when I was two years old or something. I had no idea what it was. Then when I got to about ten my friends were forming bands so then I started lessons and that was it. Fiona was doing a band with her sister, who was singer/guitarist and songwriter so she started playing [drums] when she was about eleven. I’m pretty sure Bruce got into it about the same time. Danny originally was a guitarist. He used to sing and play guitar and do solos and everything. He’s got a good voice, Danny, but he hides it.

D: How did you meet up with Late of the Pier for the tour?

DS: A couple years ago we were both supporting a band in the UK called Hadouken!. Since then we’ve bumped into them on many occasions. This opportunity arose in the US and we have the same booking agent.

NS: When you tour with bands sometimes, it’s not that you don’t get along with them . . . us lot, we got along from day one. We’re always two bands mingling. They’re good lads and I think it’s a good pairing.

D: Nathan, you are a classically trained musician?

NS: Yeah I went to music college and did A-levels.

D: You did theory?

NS: I did theory on Handel’s Messiah and stuff like that. It’s weird though because as I was doing that . . . I started college when I was sixteen but I actually moved to Manchester as well. I was doing original music in Manchester and then coming home and doing my college thing. People at the college were really supportive.

D: Who came up with the name the Whip?

DS: It was a combination of the band and our friends. We spent ages trying to think of names. Whip was always in the name but we tried to find a word to join with it. Our mates just kept on saying, it’s the Whip. In the end it was just like, let’s leave it at the Whip, it works.

D: You’re going to start recording your next CD soon?

NS: As soon as we get back.

DS: The main body of it’s all written. There’s a couple tweaks here and there, a bit of messing around with a couple more songs to add to it. We’ve got to get the drums down probably in a good room – things like that.

NS: Me and Fiona have only played two of the new ones. We’ve been doing two new ones live and the plan was to do some of the new ones on the tour but –

DS: We just haven’t had time.

NS: It’s been such a rush. I think if we do a couple days of hard rehearsing just so we can get it nailed as the four of us together . . . I think we all felt that with X Marks Destination that our live show is a bit more intense. We didn’t capture that as much.

D: It is very intense.

NS: [But] We’re very proud of X Marks Destination.

D: Who came up with that awesome bass line in Trash?

NS: Bruce. Bruce’s baby, that.

NS: I like to take the glory for it, live. Bruce is a very talented guy.

DS: Bruce loves the bass and everything about it. A lot of the songs we all write stem from the bass guitar or synth bass.

NS: There’s a lot of dirt in them.

DS: It’s what drives the song – the sound and the smell of the bass. I think bass has a smell. It’s like a haze.

D: Originally Danny and Bruce started the band – when did Nathan and Fiona join?

DS: About six months on. Me and Bruce had been writing for ages.

NS: But they’d not done anything. They asked me to join and then there was going to be a drum machine at first but I was like, you’ve gotta get Fiona in. She’s amazing, she’s perfect for this kind of music. As soon as we did that first rehearsal with Fee, that was it. I think we only rehearsed twice and then we were out gigging, straight away. We were all in the band when the name the Whip started.

D: What’s this thing in Manchester called Warehouse Project?

NS: It’s awesome. It’s like a really old school rave. It’s down underneath a train station in a car park. It holds 3 or 4 thousand people and it’s renowned for having a good lineup. . . Simian Mobile Disco. Chemical Brothers. Doesn’t finish till six in the morning.

DS: The Presets.

D: I want to move there.

NS: You should. You’d love Manchester. Similar weather.

You can see photos I took of their show here & here.