Monday, December 15, 2008

Exit Calm With Angels. Live@Moho Manchester Nov 08

Here is a raw recording I did on mini disc from the last Exit Calm show in Moho Manchester. I have also some video, so I will try to edit it on the next days and over dub the mini disc audio

The new song is called 'With Angels' although Nick voice wasn't good that night so unfortunately they had to cancel half the show. Thanks for try anyway mate.

Exit Calm-'With Angels'-Download:

Rob Marhsall sound check

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Manchester Nov 2008

Rob Marshall Moho-Aftershow Manchester

What a fantastic time in Manchester, very cold though but warmed up by all the mates and people I ve meet during this short but intense weekend.
I attended Exit Calm gig at the Moho on friday and a charity gig in Salford's King Arms pub, and on saturday Night&Day 17th birthday party, one of my favorite spots in Manchester city center.

Exit Calm single 'We are on our own' full signed!

Manchester Night&Day where I used to hang out a lot on the mid 90s, right 10 years after!

Manchester Northern Quarter in the morning, it was freezing cold!

I will upload some photos and a full show review on the upcoming days.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Exit Calm Live Manchester

Exit Calm are playing live The Aftershow in Moho Live bar, Manchester on Friday 28th November. Expect loads of photos and, if I manage to figure out how the hell it works, a mini disc recording too which I hope to upload here next week.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Black/White photography

Santa Creu d'Olorda. Collserola Mountains Barcelona. August 08

Fireman's tower

I have been practicing recently with some b/w photography. I think they are another world compared with the colour ones, somehow gives a wider perspective for experimentation and artistic purposes. Not that is better than colour but different. But you obviously need the proper equipment [Which I haven't], but there you go a few of some B/W photographs I took on the last few months o the last places I've visited:

Pere Lachaise Cemetary Paris, Aug 08

Graveyard, Rugby England Sept 08

Sant Pol de Mar Train station Oct 08

Plaça Virreina, Gracia neighbourhood -Barcelona Oct 08

Manchester city center old channels

Talavera de La Reina, bridge over Tajo river, Sept 08

Talavera De La Reina

And here are others I took of some friends in b/w too:

Jordi Felani- Montserrat Barcelona Sept 08

My friend Simón Madrazo in Gracia. Legend! Oct 08

Jordi Felani n Guillermo Azofra in Sta. Creu d'Olorda in Barcelona. Aug 08

Beatriz Suela-Talavera De La Reina

Simón Madrazo

Friday, October 31, 2008

American Beauty

I just love the end bit of that film. A great soundtrack of Thomas Newman too. Check it out.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Exit Calm single release

Nicky Smith Oldham Sept 08 Photo by Pedro Vila

Exit Calm 2nd single 'We are on our own' is released today.

Single, limited pressing CD version and 7". Exit Calm new single We're On Our Own (edit), with Atone (Acoustic)

I had the pleasure to hear 'Atone' acoustic already and is immense.

Go and gerrit!

There are two more shows in Manchester in Nov and Dec from their 1st major tour in England and then the band will go to studio to record and deliver their 1st album early next year.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Exit Calm Live@The Castle Oldham [Manchester]- Sept 08 [The Night]

Rob Marshall genius!

Hearts and Minds new tune intro

Band came on stage before midnight. Simon, the bassist player suddenly points me out a t shirt hanging from one speaker. I look at it and to me surprise I realize it was an 80's Barça T shirt, my fav team!

That was class! Thanks bro.

Nicky Smith Exit Calm

They started with 'Hearts and Minds' again like the night before in Rugby. We had a few tracks to hear from their upcoming album, but god, they get better and better. I ve uploaded a video in youtube for anyone to hear it.

Rob Marshall-Exit Calm

What an amazing trip

Sound was much better and had nothing to do like in Rugby. And also a bit of a lighting was there too, which helps a bit to the show and me photography. Although Nicky voice wasn't 100% due to technical sound problems the night before, as he couldn't hear himself at all although he gaved his best to almost break it.
What a night!.

They try to teach me to be alone, when I believe that we are on our own

They are more and more skilled every time I see them [And its been a few already] and also getting their own style and personality, which is what really amazes me about this band. They are unique.
I get special feelings with Exit Calm, something hasn't happened to me for a long time with any other band, and I ve seen hundreds of live acts on the last 20 years.

Ladies and gentleman, the rather fabulous Exit Calm

Nicky is getting more and more skills, he has the right dose of Charisma a front man needs.

Scott drumming was again sublime again. Unfortunately both nights he was dark and couldn't make good photos of him.

Rob Taking off.

He makes it sound like if there are 4 or 5 guitars in there.

Simon Linsdley shines bright, very bright.

They are on a national tour at the moment and I'm just hoping they get back to the studio soon so we will get the most anticipated 1st album from the lads very soon. There is a lot of expectation about it, reviews from independent and indie sources are rather good. Its been 4 or 5 fuckin years since Lyca Sleep and its about time we get a full studio album. And also hopefully in the future a quality dvd recording , as the snippets we can see in youtube does not do justice at all.
They sound massive!

Pretty Sharon and Nick aftershow

The Castle Oldham, backstage room

Here is the link to Cath Aubergine blog in myspace with some photos too. The best regular read to anything happening to indie and Unsigned bands in the Northwest and other weird Villages you ve never heard before all around England.

Me and Rob Marshall before the show .photo by Cath

Thanks Cath!

I hope to see them live again very soon. And, why not, to play here in Spain next year!

All photos by Pedro Vila

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Exit Calm Live The Castle Oldham [Manchester] Sept 08 [The Day]

Saturday morning I woke up in Aubergine Towers, me mates Cath&Nick place in Manchester city center.

Cath in Manchester city center

Near Picadilly Manchester

Despite I had quiet a few pints and Corona beers the night before I was not hang over at all. It was rare sunny Manc day and I wanted to make the most of it, so about noon after a nice breakfast in Night&Day [One of my fav places] in the norhtern quarter and a top walk around city center [God, how much Manchester has changed on the last 10 years!] me and Nick went to the nearest newsagent to get two more 6 packs of the mexican delight with lime and chill out a bit playing Grand Theft Auto 3 on the PS3.

Oldham street near the Afflecks Palace

Later on the afternoon we gathered with Alex [Big Clive] and some other friends and we watched Arsenal getting thrashed by Hull on the pub. I found funny how much all the crowd was cheering and supporting Hull. I guess the londoners get the same sympathy that Madrid or Valencia teams can get in Barcelona.
This is fuckin Manchester!

Night & Day Manchester

I used to hang around a lot in Night&Day on the late 90s

After a few more beers, it was time to call a Taxi and go to Oldham. Its been a long time since I went there the last time on the late 90s, but hasnt changed much unlike Manchester city center although The Castle was a venue I have never been before.

Breakfast beer

Our friends Ness and Gaz from Lincoln were driving all the way to meet us, and also Pretty Sharon and Ian 'The Dirty Voyeur' with another friend. We were a bunch!

Meeting point was the pub nearby the Castle. Where we had a few more and even witnessed Big Clive doing a Karaoke performance of a Sparks old song!
Big Clive Rocks!
Pub atmosphere was funny, it was like taken from TV series 'Shameless' chapter. You could not get more mancunian than that.

I missed the supporters 'No Tokyo', but we all had a great time sitting on the Castle terrace with all the mates over a nice drink. Also Rob Marshall came and gave me a T-shirt of the band. Thanks a lot mate. I havent wear a band t shirt since the old 'Metallica Justice for All' or 'Janes Addiction' Nothing Shocking days, but be sure Im gonna wear this one until it fades away and until everybody asks me 1000 times 'Who they are?' [Which people has done here in Spain already].

Exit Calm was due on stage soon, so I went to the Backstage and wished the lads the best of the shows.

End of part 1

All photos by Pedro Vila