SOCIETY: Maybe you heard it here first...

29 August 13

Posted at 8:37



Society have released their highly anticipated second single  '14 Hours' (Click  here). Shooting to infamy late last year on the back of the runaway success of a super-limited 7-inch vinyl-only debut called 'All That We've Become', they achieved major plaudits Radio 1 and  6Music  loved them as did them NME and  Q

'14 Hours' is a special release via the  Angular Recording Corporation the people who brought you These New Puritans, Klaxons, Bloc Party etc so you know this is going to be quality and weighty. The man behind this hunting and chilling croon is, 24-year-old London-based,  James Girdler, Dean photographed James for the bands first and very cinematic press session this is a malevolent image isn't it...

You will be hearing much more from Society soon..but for now, listen to their deep haunting  14 Hours 



Hush Puppies: The Darkroom

16 August 13

Posted at 3:21



From Friday 23rd August – Monday 26th August, Hush Puppies will be opening the doors of Truman Brewery and welcoming the creative and curious in for an exploration into traditional photography as part of their new pop-up Darkroom.

Taking budding photographers back in time to the days of old school processes and analogue cameras, the vast space just off Brick Lane, in the East of London will reveal all.

Guests can rent a 35mm film camera, hit the streets of London with their analogue in tow and on return personally print their own favourite image in the Darkroom with experts on hand to help guide people through the process.

Throughout the four days of the pop up there will  be a line-up of dynamic experts hosting interactive workshops too, these include learning how to make your own retro-pinhole camera, taking a tour with street photography experts who will help you take the perfect picture and then take you back to the Darkroom to develop your masterpiece.  As well as a pop-up classic camera store from photography specialists Films Not Dead.

Dean Chalkley will be exhibiting a sample of images from 'The Executioners' (see image above), a new and previously unseen photographic essay that portrays members of an obscure renegade British Car Club.Dean comented: “If you are using film on a shoot there's always an element of surprise, anticipation and excitement. Nowadays so many images are viewed ‘On-screen’, which is all good, but the beauty and physicality of a real photographic print and conventional photographic process is still a very special thing – I’d definitely encourage everyone to experience it.  I’m delighted to be displaying this series of images at the Darkroom. I had to think differently on this shoot, relinquish a bit of control, but this slightly different approach has reignited my appreciation of doing things this way. I hope it will produce similar feelings in those getting involved and taking part in the Darkroom”.

 Photographer and award-winning fine art printer Debbie Sears will be running the Darkroom for more info on all of this check out Hush Puppies site.





The Minx : Check Them Out !

16 August 13

Posted at 9:12


The Minx


The Minx are a band that Dean met about 2 years ago. A group of young men that have a great attitude, some have commented that, '. They LOOK like a band that met in a Borstal' such is their authentic grass roots energy and er...Danger.... The Minx are there for YOU! They are grafters, scallywags, urchins, and fun loving crash bang wallop rebel rousers. Go and see them ripping up a music venue near you soon! Click here to find out more about one of Manchester’s essential outfits. ..Oh and by the way The Minx are the Faces and Sounds of the  AW13 Dr Martins Campaign which was coincidentally shot by Deans good friend Gavin Watson. have a listen to them now on Soundcloud

  The Minx



Modernists gather in Brighton for August Bank Holiday

15 August 13

Posted at 6:14


If you want to hang out with the cream of the Mod scene, see some great scooters and dance to the very best in Modernist sounds then get down to Brighton on the August Bank Holiday. In case you are unfamiliar with Brighton’s significance to the Mod scene, check out Mod Culture website and you can find out lots of good information. It is the annual New Untouchables weekender. The holiday weekend will be jam packed with wonder, there is so much going on down there you must check out The New Untouchables site. Dean will be Djing at the Volts on the Sunday night for the second year on the trot. For full details of the weekend click  here. Click  here for tickets for the Saturday night. For the Sunday night event at the Volts featuring NUT's Dj's and special guest DJ slots but Pete and & Chris Tebbutt and Dean click  here or just pop down and enjoy the sun.

Dean will be warming up for the Brighton Weekender at  Black Cat this Saturday so pop along to the The Silver Bullet in Finsbury Park this Saturday if you can.









Tim Peaks ..Oh No I Love You..

04 August 13

Posted at 1:30




Tim Peaks Diner at Kendal Calling 2



Tim Peaks Diner was brilliant! This small log cabin was the perfect setting for intimate performances, discussions and interviews. Great live music and Deejays (inc Black Cat Djs and Dave Haslam as well as creative Master classes presented by Record Producers, eminent Journalists, Cartoonists etc, Dean delivered one too on photography ( review). The weekends schedule was packed with so much good stuff! Spontaneous acoustic performances by John Ainsworth and Twisted Wheel, M usical Bingo even so you can see the scope of what was happening in this Hansel and Gretel like cabin...Well, the cake and Tim Peaks Coffee flowed and there were smiles all round, Tim Burgess played in the Diner on Sunday afternoon and it was amazing (picture above) People squeezed in 'til the cabin was full, people even watched through the windows trying to soak up the very special atmosphere. Legendary! (check out the ' Louder than War' blog about it)

The Diner was of course part of the Kendal Calling festival set in the Lake District amongst beautiful countryside and very well organised there was always enough great music, food Even a bit of a down pour on the Saturday night didn't interrupt the universal fun for everyone.... Like Kendal Mint Cake ..It Was Sweet!! her..did you like that??..


Fred Perry Twisted Wheel Launch Party

02 August 13

Posted at 7:41

fred perry launch twisted wheel



The Launch Party for Fred Perry's latest range went well. DJ's Sonny 'Scully' Evans and Oliver Abbott played a great selection of Northern Soul 45's to the crowds that'd amassed to celebrate the unvailing of this bold new collection. In the photograph above you can see Scully standing next to one of his infamous 'Ugly Sound System' Speaker Boxes. To the left of Scully stands Oliver Abbott drinking a cool beer well deserved from the evenings vinyl spinning. The Range is now available in Fred Perry stores country wide and online click here for the link.