New Zealand Music Month, 2009 Gig photos

Auckland 2009
New Zealand Music Month.

The second and final post for New Zealand music month.

For a few month across 2008 and 2009 I did some gig photography for an Auckland based website. In the end it just got too much and I could not sustain late nights taking photos as well as working a busy job and a family; albeit only one of the kids was at home by then. Looking at the dates of these photos it looks like I stopped in March and then did a couple more months in July and August. I did get to some great gigs, mainly by New Zealand bands; though I did get to see legendary English band Spiritualized.

DHDFDs,
Kings Arms, January.
I absolutely loved seeing these guys, completely bonkers, and they could play too.

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Set On End,
Somewhere, January.
Metalcore band from West Auckland who were good friends of my son Dom.

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X-Features,
Support for Spiritualized, Powerstation, January.

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Hasselhoff Experiment,
Cassette 9, February.

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Head Like a Hole,
Kings Arms, February.
Wellington’s Head Like a Hole were a must see gig when they first started coming to Auckland in the early 90s. Absolutely insane live.

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Lawrence Arabia,
Early evening gig in a Cafe on K’Rd, March.
I was contacted by the band after the photos went up and some were used in a print article in NZ Musician magazine. The only time any of my gig photos have made it into print.

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The Randoms,
Somewhere on Nelson St, July.

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Silhouette of the guitarist from Frayden,
Somewhere on Nelson St, July.

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Piece War,
Support for Shocking Pinks, Cassette 9, July.

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Shocking Pinks,
Cassette 9, July.

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Drab Doo Riffs
Cassette 9, July
Karl Steven was probably the most engaging live vocalist in NZ at the time, it was great watching him perform, I have a lot of photos.

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Brand New Math,
Support for Handsome Furs, Cassette 9, August.

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 And that was the end of my short-lived, unpaid career as a gig photographer. It was mostly fun, but also hard work. With such terrible public transport in Auckland, a lot of people drove into the city for gigs, which meant they were always on really late, often finishing at 2am, even mid week.  One of the (many) things I love about the UK is most gigs are done by 11pm, getting home early is something I very much appreciate.

New Zealand Music Month, 2008 Gig photos.

Auckland 2008
New Zealand Music Month.

I have been a music fan since my teens and have had an interest in photography for almost as long, so it was inevitable that these two interests would collide. I bought my first digital SLR in late 2007 and though I didn’t go to many gigs in those days I did take my camera to the ones went to.

Bill Direen and the Builders
Masonic Tavern, Devonport, November 2007.

Bill Direen - Builders set

Mint Chicks
Kings Arms, March 2007.

I loved the Mint Chicks!

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I can’t remember which photo I posted on the Flickr website that led to ‘A’ from the ‘website that shall not be named’ getting in contact with me to ask if I would do some gig work for the website, though I am pretty sure it was photos from the above Mint Chicks show. I did a couple of years of photography for him, but in the end it got too much and I had to stop. I couldn’t do two late nights a week and my immensely busy day job. Of course the gig photos were done for free, but I did get a photo pass.

As May is New Zealand music month, the images here are just the New Zealand bands I shot for the website. I only shot a small number of overseas acts, though I did get to see some good ones; Broken Social Scene, The Breeders, Spiritualised and Stiff Little Fingers being highlights.

So, here we go, gigs from 2008.

Shocking Pinks
Supporting The Clean, Kings Arms, January.

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Nick Harte, in the photo, is the Shocking Pinks, with band members roped in for gigs. This photo still gets used by him and is the photo on their Spotify page. I guess it is my most viewed image.

The Clean
Kings Arms, January.

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Surf City
Supporting Broken Social Scene, Kings Arms, February.

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The Bats
The Media Club, Christchurch, March.

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Tentacles Of Destruction
Helen Melville Hall, June.

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Kerretta
Supporting The Breeders, North Shore Centre, August.

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Sora Shima
Kings Arms, August.

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Cut of your hands
K’ Rd venue unknown, October.

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Anabys
Supporting Set on End, October.

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Set On End
Metal bar on Nelson St? Cannot remember the name, October.

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Spelling Mistakes
AK79 reunion shows, venue unknown, November.

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X-Features
AK79 reunion shows, venue unknown, November.

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Die! Die! Die!
Zen Bar, November.

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My favourite gig of that year.

Los Hories
Website 5 Birthday Gig, Cassette No 9, December.

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Princess Diana
Website 5 Birthday Gig, Cassette No 9, December.

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Trees Climbing Trees
The website 5 Birthday bash, Cassette No 9, December.

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Bemsha Swing
Holy Fuck Support, The Studio, December.

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Golden Axe
Holy Fuck Support, The Studio, December.

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The Conjurors
Ruby Suns Support, Kings Arms, December.

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Ruby Suns
Kings Arms, December.

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Cobra Khan
The Bronx support, Kings Arms, December.  

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It was a busy end to the year, but I loved all those gigs.