Shane Meadows Portrait…

Shane Meadows, filmaker

I did a degree in Photography at Nottingham Trent University between 1991-94. In my final year Shane Meadows started as a third year on my course. I got to know him quite well and one day I was walking past the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham with my camera and Shane shouted over: “Chris, come and take my picture, I’m gonna be famous soon.” I remember thinking ‘what a smart-arse arrogant thing to say!’

So I went over and got him to stand against the wall and I bent down and shot upwards to capture him in a Mussolini-like pose to try and get a picture that reflected his arrogance. I think he already knew something good was happening to him back then because a few weeks later he was on the front cover of the Evening Post because Bob Hoskins was going to be in his film.

At this time I was experimenting with very slow 50 ASA unbranded cheap Jessops 35mm film and then ‘pushing’ the exposure rates and over developing it. It gave the negative the contrast you get with that process but also an unusually flat even tone with lots of grain (or as we used to say: ‘grain the size of dogs bollocks). I love the way the line of the edge of his face and head merges with the background but stands out almost like a pencil line drawing because the film grain in the background is so big.

This was all done with chemicals and lots of trial and error and you can probably just do it in photoshop now with the click of a mouse (or can you?). It ain’t the same though because with all the digital technology at hand, you wouldn’t think of pushing cheap 50 ASA film to get these results. With digital you have so much choice that it’s often a case of ‘where do you start?’. It’s the same with music and computers. Back then it was good to have those limitations. It’s good to have the computers too though.

Kickstarter Reward Addition and FREE Acid Rock…!

 

FIRSTLY: There’s a great 3 track EP here as a free download. It definitely falls under the categories of psychedelic– KrautAcidSpaceRock.

There’s also a cheap CD for people who don’t do the downloads. It’s worth having for the 11 minute ‘poundshop’ Neil Young wig-out on the first track alone!

SECOND BIT OF NEWS: A few people who can’t make the gig have been asking if they can buy the souvenir programme and CD separately. I wasn’t sure about this as I wanted it to be exclusive to the gig but then I don’t want to be a churl and simply deny people who collect six by seven stuff . So, I’m going to reach a compromise and put a reward up of just the programme and CD on Kickstarter but only make it available for the rest of the Kickstarter campaign, which has another 16 days to go. So the next 16 days will be your only chance to get the programme and CD on it’s own, it won’t only be available after that without buying a ticket for the gig.

CLICK HERE to pledge.

At the moment, it’s looking like the programme will be in the format of an A5 soft back book of no less than 33 pages. I can’t say too much about it yet as I’m working on it right now, but trust me, it will look awesome and be a really interesting read with lots of photographs too.

 

kickstarter already funded!

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What a great way to do a gig. The goal of £1000 has already been reached. Gig will defo go ahead. Thanks everyone…and, we still have another 50 tickets to sell between now and October 28th! Rock on. Looking forward to it. Got to start making plans to do this in other cities, especially abroad. Could we fund a one off special show in Paris? I think we should try. 🙂

 

 

six by seven show announced

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The Maze Nottingham 28th October.

ALL SEATED 100 tickets ONLY includes souvenir programme and exclusive album.
Finally time to announce this show I’ve been working on for a while now!

I wanted to do something different from just the usual gig. This show will be all seated and performed in a unique way.  Everyone who comes in will get a seat and table and a full colour souvenir programme / book (signed by the band) + a full length album which will be exclusive and only available at this show.

The show will be in two parts. Part one: I’ll be performing acoustically on an electric guitar, telling some cool stories and reading out the odd poem!
Part two will be the full band, with Chris Davis. The band will have two drummers including Charlie and guest musicians. Sadly, Sam and Paz declined to do the show but it’s great that Chris is doing it. As it turned out, me and Chris were the only members who carried on releasing music after six by seven and for me Chris was always an integral part of the sound of the band, not just his playing but also his beliefs and attitudes towards music.

It will be new and interesting and extremely loud and melodic, everything you would expect from a classic six by seven gig. It won’t be like the last one, re-hashing the past. Although we will play some oldies. Please come along and make it work. Then we can do another and another and another…
TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE THROUGH KICKSTARTER NEXT WEEK

(please note: we did advertise tickets through an agent for a few hours and if you bought one you will be refunded straight away. Sorry about this but I don’t see why fans should have to pay a £2 surcharge for simply buying a ticket, we might as well do this ourselves and shoulder any internet charges – which won’t be 10%!)

six by seven gig tickets

Sorry, tickets will go on sale through Kickstarter next week. We’ve already sold a few through a booking agent but I noticed they slapped a £2 surcharge onto the ticket price and I don’t see why fans should have to pay this.

If you bought a ticket through Gigantic then you will be refunded.