Local Bands Live, Victoria, BC 2015

October 9, 2015 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Documentary Photography, History, Music, Music Archive, Pacific Northwest, Photographers, Photography, Punk Rock, Vancouver Island, Victoria | 2 Comments 

Recently I’ve managed to get out and photograph a few local bands playing live, something that at the beginning of my career I did a lot. It’s still fun and there’s nothing like a live performance in a small venue. I’d never photographed any of the three bands, pictured below, before and they were photographed on different nights. What I found most interesting was how the bands shared members.

The first band I photographed was Line Traps, I went to see them as I knew their guitarist Tiemen Kuipers.

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The second band was 12 Gauge Facial  (love that name) as I’d met the vocalist Yasuko Thanh (who is also a novelist) at the Line Traps gig. The Line Traps’ drummer was also 12 Gauge Facial’s drummer.

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The final band was Hank Angel and his Island Devils. Hank is the bassist for 12 Gauge Facial but I didn’t realize that the guitarist from 12 Gauge was also in Hank’s band.

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The Pointed Sticks – Victoria, BC 2015

June 14, 2015 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Documentary Photography, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Punk Rock, The Pointed Sticks, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Vancouver Punk | Leave a Comment 

The Pointed Sticks, came out of the Vancouver punk scene in the late seventies. I photographed them quite often, perhaps only second to DOA, back then. They haven’t played a lot in the intervening years although they have been performing and recording. I last saw them perform at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver in 2009 .

This Victoria gig was their first in the island city since 1981.  It was an excellent show before an appreciative crowd.

It’s been a long time since I’ve photographed in a small club and I’d forgotten how bad the lighting can be. It was why I often used flash back in the early days, there often just wasn’t enough stage light to make decent photos. I was often the only photographer then and nobody objected to the use of the flash. This show I shot mainly available light but did shoot a few flash images, hoping I wasn’t annoying the band too much.

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Joe Keithley – DOA farewell tour / BC Legislature visit

January 28, 2013 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Entertainment, Fine Art, Music, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Portrait, Punk Rock, Urban, Vancouver Island, Vancouver Punk, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

DOA front man Joe Keithley was in town playing a gig during the band’s farewell tour. Joe has decided to seek the NDP nomination in Coquitlam – Burke Mountain in order to run in the upcoming May provincial election. We decided to take a few portraits in front of the BC Legislature building in the afternoon. Here’s a few images from that shoot and one from the show.

 

 



The Ramones and The Avengers in Vancouver

April 6, 2011 | Filed Under Art, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Documentary Photography, Music, Photography, Punk Rock, Vancouver, Vancouver Punk | Leave a Comment 

I have a new show of my early Vancouver punk photos opening at the Talk Is Cheap Gallery on Pandora Street in Victoria this coming Saturday. I’ve been sorting through my negs yet again and had a couple news ones scanned. It’s interesting what I keep finding.

I came across this group shot of the Ramones posing for me before their gig at the Commodore.  I did notice the guy standing at left looking on but just figured he was a roadie or something and I’d just crop him out. However after seeing the scan I’m pretty certain that’s  it’s Gerry Hannah from the Subhumans.

This is The Avengers, with Penelope Houston at right. I photographed them twice when they played in Vancouver.



The Dishrags – More Images From Vancouver Punk’s Early Years

January 15, 2010 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Documentary Photography, Music, Photography, Photos, Punk Rock, Vancouver Punk | Leave a Comment 

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Dishrags Scout

Dishrags Dale

Dishrags Jade



DOA Group Shot

December 28, 2009 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Documentary Photography, Punk Rock, Uncategorized, Vancouver | Leave a Comment 

Tom Harrison, then music editor of the Georgia Straight, and I drove out to the house Joe Keithley was renting in Burnaby off of Kingsway for a big interview for the entertainment weekly. Chuck was living with Joe at the time. This may have been the first big media shot DOA received.

UPDATE: Ooops. Just found more negs , the ones that were from that GS shoot, not sure what these were from, maybe just fun.

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Chuck, Randy, Joe

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Randy Rampage armed with beer and cig



Interview with Joey Ramone

December 28, 2009 | Filed Under Music | Leave a Comment 

John Mackie, now Vancouver Sun writer then Georgia Straight freelancer as I was, interviews Joey Ramone in his Denman Street hotel.

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And….more Vancouver punk photographs

December 28, 2009 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Documentary Photography, Music | 3 Comments 

Acclaimed documentary fimmaker Susanne Tabata is working on a film about the Vancouver punk rock world and I’m going through all my old negatives in order to send her some images for possible inclusion in the film. Here’s a few more possibilities from the early days. Hopefully Scott Beadle will chime in with some names and dates.

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Lots of faces here, drummer is ?, Randy Rampage, backup singers are Tony Bardach (?) Nick Jones and Colin Griffiths

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This isn’t DOA, is it? Randy on bass though

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Victoria Pork, guitar is Brad Kent, Dimwit on drums, Ian Tiles singing, Tony Bardach on bass.

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Victoria Pork guitarist Brad Kent

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Colin Griffiths standing on a restaurant grill, holding an old 60′s drum skin and a can of dance wax, why?, I so wish I could remember. Going through these negs is a lot of fun, I just wish I had taken more notes back then.

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Brian Goble at back, Joe Keithley on guitar

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Randy Rampage in full flight

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Randy again



Skulls – First performance -The future face of Vancouver punk

December 28, 2009 | Filed Under Music | 3 Comments 

These images are from what was one of the first performances by a Vancouver area punk band at the Easter Be In at Semiamoo  (Sp?) Park. It was a pretty loose grouping of guys who would later go on to form some of the most important bands in Vancouver. The era’s long hair, other than on Joe Keithley who looks freshly shorn, and stubby beer bottles are a couple signs of the times. I think I was the only person in the audience who knew the songs they played which ( as I remember it) were covers of British punk tunes.

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Joe Keithley and Brian Goble

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Brian Goble, Lee ?, and I believe that’s John Armstrong on the right

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Lee

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Brad Kent on guitar, Dimwit on drums

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Brian, Dimwit, Brad

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Brian, Lee, Dimwit

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Brad

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Joe and Brian



More Early Vancouver Punk Photos – Dishrags, Furies and Joe Keithley

December 23, 2009 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Documentary Photography, Music, Vancouver Street Photography | 3 Comments 

Starting to sort through my negs from the early days of Vancouver’s punk rock world.  Here’s a few more pix scanned  from old prints.

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Joe Keithley after a gig at a high school

Dishrags First Concert

The Dishrags, first concert, with the Furies

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The Furies

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Crowd at show, including Colin Griffiths, ?,  and I believe, Scout from the Dishrags



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