ARAN GLOVER TRIBUTE (Richard Mcmahon, Waheela, Dunes and Dragnet) | 12.01.2019 | Newcastle Cluny

ARAN GLOVER TRIBUTE (Richard Mcmahon, Waheela, Dunes and Dragnet) | 12.01.2019 | Newcastle Cluny

Aran Glover Tribute – 12th January 2019 – Richard Mcmahon, Waheela, Dunes and Dragnet

Aran Glover Tribute 2019

It’s now a few months since Aran left us and it’s still not sunk in. Friends of Aran decided to pay tribute to the man the best possible way; a loud gig! There was an incredible turnout, so many familiar faces and I’m told that the evening raised over £1300.

We Are Knuckle Dragger - ArcTanGent Festival - Bristol
We Are Knuckle Dragger – ArcTanGent Festival – Bristol

The night was in support of a great cause – If U Care Share Foundation. Which is cause very close to my heart. I’ve battled inner demons for most of my adult life, only in the last twelve months have shed my shame that the illness brings and I now talk openly about it. Talking has helped me a lot, I nearly lost the fight and I’m very lucky to still be here.

I’m also lucky to have met some incredible people in my time as a gig photographer, particularly at the time of regular Knuckle Dragger gigs; 2013-2014. There was such a rich amount of diverse talent in the region at that time and Aran regularly supported and hosted local bands and introduced me to quite a lot of amazing acts.

wakd – Oct 2013

The Drone album launch (above) remains one of my favourite gigs of all time and that album is still in regular rotation, an absolute beast of a record, I bloody adore it. Their achievements aren’t anything to scoff at, it’s mind-boggling to think that a little 3 piece band from Newcastle have recorded with the likes of Ross Robinson and Steve Albini.

I had some great times with Aran, I think we bonded over our love of heavy music and our fondness for the alcohol. I was lucky enough to go on the road with WAKD mk II, braving rainstorms, broken tents, awol drummers, exploding amps and killer hangovers at Arctangent Festival in 2014.

I always hoped WAKD would return, they were magic. In summer of 2014, I did an unreleased photoshoot of the new lineup (in drag too!) as we waited for the other band members to arrive Aran played me some demos on his old school mobile phone. The sound quality of the phone was terrible but the songs were anything but! Arctangent clearly had an influence on him and he was writing some amazing math-rock/ASIWYFA style songs.

Aran always had a hug and a smile when you bumped into him. You could talk to him about anything, he was one of the good guys. I’m heartbroken that he’s gone but eternally grateful for having known him. A wee legend. I miss him greatly.

We Are Knuckle Dragger
We Are Knuckle Dragger

I promised myself I’d just go to the gig and watch the bands, but last minute decided I’d take my camera for old times sake. There was a richly diverse set of acts, some touching acoustic songs from Richard Mcmahon. Having not seen them in years last time. I’d forgotten just how potent Waheela are as a live act, they are one of the Northeasts best-kept secrets. Our beloved Dunes (all decked out in WAKD t-shirts) brought the riffs with a fast stomping set. Finally, we had Dragnet back from a 6-year gap and they were incredible.

Here’s a handful of photos from a bloody brilliant night. Huge credit to the bands and organisers. I’m sure he’d be proud of you all 🙂

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ARAN GLOVER (We Are Knuckle Dragger) Tribute show announced | GIG NEWS

ARAN GLOVER (We Are Knuckle Dragger) Tribute show announced | GIG NEWS

Aran Glover Tribute show announced for January 2019

2018 hasn’t been the easiest of years, among some of the sad losses I lost a pal and a musical hero in Aran Glover. If you know me, then you’ll know that his band We Are Knuckle Dragger are one of my all-time favourites. I’ve been lucky enough to see them many times and travel on the road with them.

We Are Knuckle Dragger Aran Glover
We Are Knuckle Dragger

Aran’s death came as a shock, I’m still not able to process the news and haven’t been able to talk about it without breaking down. Aran made a huge impact on the Northeast music scene and made many friends during his time here. Some of those lovely folk have put together the best possible tribute, a loud gig is just the way he would have wanted us to celebrate his life.

Waheela, Dunes, Dragnet and more tbc will play the Cluny on 12th January 2019 in support of If U Care Share Foundation

Aran was hugely supportive and a pleasure to photo, I’d lose myself in the music and they’d help to inspire some of my best work. I’ve got hundreds of photos in the archives but here are a few that I love. Miss you matey.

wakd – Oct 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger - Aran Glover
wakd – Oct 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger - March 2014
We Are Knuckle Dragger – March 2014
wakd – Oct 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger – Cluny August 2014
We Are Knuckle Dragger
wakd – Oct 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger - 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger – 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger
We Are Knuckle Dragger - 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger – 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger – Cluny August 2014
WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – Newcastle Think Tank March 2014

WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – Newcastle Think Tank March 2014

We Are Knuckle Dragger – Newcastle Think Tank, March 2014

We Are Knuckle Dragger - March 2014
We Are Knuckle Dragger – March 2014

New edits of some old pics. What a gig this was!

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We Are Knuckle Dragger – Trillians August 2013 – PHOTOS

We Are Knuckle Dragger – Trillians August 2013 – PHOTOS

We Are Knuckle Dragger
Trillians August 2013

We Are Knuckle Dragger - 2013
We Are Knuckle Dragger – 2013

My first time seeing WAKD after hearing a lot of hype, I took the plunge and headed down to check them out. My word. Amazing band!

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We Are Knuckle Dragger – Newcastle Cluny February 2015

We Are Knuckle Dragger – Newcastle Cluny February 2015

We Are Knuckle Dragger 
Newcastle Cluny 14th February 2015

Opening up for American Nu-metal punks Snot. RFTK Promotions put on a bloody amazing lineup. Knuckle Dragger got the night off to a flying start.

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WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – Oct 2013 Newcastle Cluny

WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – Oct 2013 Newcastle Cluny

We Are Knuckle Dragger
Newcastle Oct 2013 – Album launch “Drone”

Hands down one of my favourite shows of 2013. WAKD played their new album ‘Drone’ in full.

wakd - Oct 2013

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Here’s what I had to say at the time…

‘I’ve been looking forward to this one for a wee while having been blown away by We Are Knuckle Dragger over the summer. Tonight they celebrate the release of their second album ‘Drone’. Launching the record in style in the intimate Cluny 2, tonight they will play ‘Drone’ in full. Which kicks off with the beastly ‘This Better Be Life Threatening Norman’ and refuses to let up for the duration.

wakd - Oct 2013

High energy set as always, pounding bass and drums brought smiles to faces in the crowd, particularly mine! They have a reputation for blistering and tight live sets and tonight they proved that accolade is more than appropriate.

Phenomenal band! Oh and the new album is an absolute corker. Every track is a riot. Their 1st lp (recorded by the legend that is Steve Albini) was always going to be a tough act to follow. Somehow they’ve kept the same formula and topped it. Full pounding bass and quirky time signatures thoroughly enjoyable. Like a blast back in time to early 90s alternative scene. Just fantastic!

Lots of familiar faces in the crowd from the local music scene. WAKD brought along an impressive selection of support bands, including the highly impressive Enter The Lexicon.

Their next Newcastle gig will be GNAW in November. Alongside some other stunning bands including Waheela and Tide of Iron. I will be there for sure.

Drone is out now available from all the usual places inc iTunes. Treat yourself :)’

wakd - Oct 2013

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GNAW 3 – 2013 Newcastle Star and Shadow Cinema – PHOTOS

GNAW 3 – 2013 Newcastle Star and Shadow Cinema – PHOTOS

GNAW 3
Newcastle Star and Shadow Cinema November 2013

Here’s a blast from the past, amazing lineup.

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WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – Newcastle Dec 2014 – PHOTOS

WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – Newcastle Dec 2014 – PHOTOS

We Are Knuckle Dragger
Newcastle – Northumberland Arms,  5th December 2014

Opening up for the amazing Mutiny on the Bounty in the very dark Northy Arms! I was planning to just go to watch the band and have some fun, but as always I took a camera! The challenge of no lights is actually quite good fun and makes for some crazy photos.

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We Are Knuckle Dragger - Dec 14
We Are Knuckle Dragger – Dec 14

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We Are Knuckle Dragger – Bannermans Edinburgh Oct 2014 – PHOTOS

We Are Knuckle Dragger – Bannermans Edinburgh Oct 2014 – PHOTOS

We Are Knuckle Dragger
Bannermans Edinburgh Oct 2014

Back on the road with my favourite noisy dudes. This time they hit Edinburgh at the legendary Bannermans venue for a support slot for Certain Death.

We Are Knuckle Dragger - Oct 14
We Are Knuckle Dragger – Oct 14

Another exclusive, now they have a full lineup! Following the amicable departure (both are heading off to do grown up things) of long serving and amazing rhythm section. A tall order for anyone to step into. Joey and Aidan along with mainman Aran complete now complete the all new WAKD, and I can assure you they still sound amazing. New material is well in progress and we were lucky to be treated to a new track tonight. Anyway less waffle, more pictures…

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