SESSION: Kid Cadaver- New Friends

Kid Cadaver is a band based in LA. I found them on Free Bike Valet about a month ago and instantly got hooked onto their music. So I hit them up, went to a couple of their shows, they played our backyard event last week, and now here they are playing a stripped down version of their newest single,"New Friends".

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SESSION: Houdini- Friendly Fire

Houdini is a band based in Dublin, Ireland. 

We shot this video in Bello Bar on my last day in Ireland, after which we headed to one of their local breakfast-all-day spots for a few good conversations about nothing in particular but all kinds of entertaining. Couldn't have asked for a better way to end my trip across the Atlantic. 

(Audio recorded and mixed by Aaron Cranley)

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SESSION: Kicking Bird- The Drifter

Kicking Bird is a 4 piece band based in Dublin, Ireland.

We had such a cool time shooting this little session in the Doorway Art Gallery in Dublin's city centre last month!

 

Who: Shannen Byrne (Vocals, Ukelele, Guitar), Míchéal Smith (Vocals, Guitar), Daniel Montgomery (Bass), Keith Saul (Drums, Cajon, Percussion, Glockenspiel)

Where: Dublin, Ireland

Band Name: "Kicking Bird" comes from the movie Dances With Wolves, and the band tries to incorporate those Native-American vibes into their music, both lyrically, and instrumentally. 

Dream Collabs: Dave Grohl, Dave Matthews, Jim Morrison, Tom Morello

Favorite Show Every Played: their EP release show at an intimate pub back in November, also their first non-acoustic gig. Nothing beats a crowd who's all there just for you!


SESSION- Kingston- Eating Flowers

Kingston is an indie/brass band based in Kilkenny, Ireland and was lucky enough to meet up with two of their 6 members, Steve and Shane, for this session! Shot in Andrew Ryan's bar. 

With some members off in university, and others still in high school, these guys are so young yet so talented. They've played Electric Picnic, one of Ireland's biggest music festivals, they've played all of Kilkenny, and they're currently working on their next EP.

I'm so excited to see where these guys go.

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SESSION: Hamish James Hawk- The Right Amount of Blue

Hamish James Hawk is an Edinburgh based artist who I wasn't supposed to meet or shoot. Funny how life is though sometimes, because his album has become one of my favorites from 2014 since he gave it to me three weeks ago. He's also simply a wonderful person and I'm so glad I was able to fit this session in with him. 

How did your last album come to be?

The turning point was getting to know Kenny Anderson, who's also King Creosote. I've long been a fan of him, he's a very inspiring musicians and definitely one of the greatest songwriter that this country has produced in my opinion. I was part of a music society at [the University of] St Andrews, and he's local so we often got him to come play. A few I met him just in passing. Then he got to know my face, I suppose and it was so nice, one time he was like "Do you want to go out for a pint or something?". And I was like " I can't believe this is happening."

So we went for a pint, and I thought: you know what, I could take these songs that I'd recorded over the summer, and I'll take a long the demo and give it to him. He emailed me the next day asking," what do you want to do with it?" So we got the songs mastered, artwork sorted out.. then yeah, that was it.  

[..] Now we're almost set to record the next album with him soon. 

What's been your favorite show that you've played?

I recently played  a gig at Mary King'sClose, which is an underground tourists attraction in Edinburgh hat is a set of medieval streets that have been preserved below a building. I played in a medieval cowshed and that was amazing. It sold out, and everyone was having a great time and that was epic. It was in conjunction with CloseFest, a week long series of events. Because that was one of the first times that my name has been used as the headline act, it was a bit of a moment for me. 

But I've also played in Anstruther and Crail, in Fife, at various Fence Records (Kenny Anderson's old record label)  and Alter Ego Trading Co (his current one) events. Their events are so brilliant to be a part of.They're wonderfully ramshackle and about to teeter over the edge of the precipice and everything is going to go wrong at any second... when they succeed it's amazing.  Kenny Anderson lives in Crail and really believes in local music, and I'm totally behind him on that. I don't think you don't need to sell out arenas to make good music, or successful music. And successful in what?What are you defining success as?

I've also played next to Roslyn Chapel? That's in the DaVinci Code, that last bit where she finds out she's the descendent of Jesus? That's a Church right outside of Edinburgh. I played in the woods about a mile away in the middle of the night. My friend Steven, who  recorded my album, has a friend who's an event organizer and we just got a generator, made a wee makeshift stage out of leaves and it was very cool.

 

SESSION: bunderland- Son

"If you can't cut it live, and you build a lot of who you are on that promise,  that's a bit disingenuous, know what I mean?".- Ben Sunderland

bunderland is the solo project of Ben Sunderland, vocalist of what used to be Chasing Owls. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting up with him while I was  across the pond in the Uk for a session and quick chat.

How has your songwriting changed since going solo?

I think whatever had changed with the writing had already changed  before the band came to an end, so it was more of me realizing that change. 

It's a lot more self-reflective in terms of content. And I think writing changes with the seasons; I'll be writing in a different headspace today than in the summer. And since I'm writing all the time it's a good measure of me, I suppose? There's constantly a record of where I'm at.

Have you been gigging a lot since you started this project?

I was quite aware of the risk of making it work in the studio, then if it worked live it'd be a bonus. Whereas the way I'd brought myself up in music has always been live first and everything follows thereafter.

[...] It's lovely because most things that come in, I can say Yes to, where previously with a band you're thinking "Well, will drums work in that space? will you be deaf by the end of it?". 

 

What's been your favorite show you've ever played?

[Chasing Owls] played Glastonbury 2013, and that was amazing. It just feels really like a family, with a huge spectrum  of ages. And therefor our show was just amazing, so lovely. I would genuinely tell everyone to go, regardless of you are.I'd tell my mum to go!

What would be your favorite kind of place to play?

There's something about art centers: you have a gallery, a cafe, a studio space, a performance space... kind of purpose built for that. 

At that building's inception, they're making it for the arts. It's really easy to tap into that ethos when you arrive and you're like,"Ah, this feels like I'm welcome here."

What's the next 6 months looking like?

I want an album. I'm really keen to collaborate [with a producer] in doing that. There's loads  of space in my music that I think someone could have a lot of fun with. I'm more excited about that potential than the "fear of letting go".

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SESSION: Andrew Pearson- I've Been Unkind To You

Andrew Pearson is an artist currently based in Fife, Scotland.

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