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Posted by Melanie Smith on May 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Lot's of things have been happening, both on the frontline and behind the scenes, as usual we have been busy, whether it be organising an interview/photoshoot or planning a gig or two. In addition we have had some fantastic nights of gigs and for me shooting them, which is an added bonus.

This month has been spent conducting interviews and shoots with some very inspiring and interesting individuals,  all different, with lots of stories to tell, from half a day at Chris Hewitt's studio hearing tales about his career in music, and gazing at his collection of musical memorabilia, to a few hours with the talented Louise Distras, over a yummy lunch at the Soup Kitchen, with a photo shoot afterwards. A very sunny afternoon in Manchester interviewing and shooting a visiting rock n' roll couple up from the big smoke, the Authoress of Johnny Thunders biography 'In Cold Blood' Nina Antonia and The Deadcuts Jerome Alexandre.

My photography website is now ready, yet I am still adding photos from 2011 and 2010, please feel free to stop by and check it out.

The mudkiss Annual 2011 is now available and can be found at the link on the home page.


John Maher: Buzzing About Another Reunion? - Interview by Melanie Smith

Carol Hodge: Music Is My Life, My Passion - Interview by Melanie Smith & Phil King

Louise Distras: Exorcising Demons - Interview by Melanie Smith and Phil King

Kris Needs: A Tale Of Ambiguous Picture Postcards – Interview By Helen Donlon


Exene Cervenka of X: A Wild Sun Rising - Interview By Phil King

Nina Antonia & Jerome Alexandre: Just A Warning To The Curious - Interview By Melanie Smith

Jonny Cola And The A -Grades: Loving The Alien, Music With Rocks In - Interview By Chumki Banerjee

P.P Arnold: Woman In Chains - Interview by Chumki Banerjee


The Rubys: Gemstones In Manchester - Interview By Nigel Cartner

Glen Matlock: Flying Solo In Norway - Interview By Teddie Dahlin

Chris Hewitt: A Musical Entrepreneur - Interview By Nigel Cartner

Mark Laff: De-Stressing With Mr Laff, As We Discuss Punk And Beyond - Interview By Melanie Smith


Chris Helme: Doing It Himself - Interview by Nigel Cartner


Pearl Jam / X @ MEN, Manchester 20/06/12

Guillemots / Lyxx @ Hard Rock Cafe, Manchester 19/06/12

The Rezillos @ Brundell Social Club, Leeds 15/06/12

Buzzcocks: 'Front To Back' @ Manchester Apollo 25/05/12

The Chapman Family / White Swallow / Cry Baby Aeroplanes @ Mad Ferret, Preston 09/06/12

Tom Williams & The Boat / The Gramotones / Clockwork Radio @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester 08/06/12

Choc Electrique/ Dressing For Pleasure/ Jeramiah Ferrari @ The Avenue, Leigh, Wigan

Nice & Sleazy Punk Festival in Morecambe - June 1,2,3rd June 2012

The Charlatans @ Manchester Apollo 01/06/12

The Lady: Homage To Sandy Denny @ Royal Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 19/05/12

The Rubys @ The Ruby Lounge, Manchester 19/05/12

The Stones Roses - [free show] @ Parr Hall, Warrington 23/05/12

Liverpool Sound City 2012 Event 17/05/12 - 19/05/12

Morten Harket @ Bridgewater Hall, Manchester 11/05/12

Happy Mondays / Inspiral Carpets @ MEN, Manchester 05/05/12

Chris Helme @ Salford Trinity Church, Manchester 20/04/12


Lostprophets /Modestep @ Manchester Academy 20/04/12 - review by Callum Barnes


East End Babylon: Cockney Rejects @ Koko, Camden, London 26/04/12 - Review By Lorraine Reeves



Chumki Banerjee single and E.P reviews

Sonic Tsunami: Den Browne Gets Hit By A Tidal Wave Of New Sounds

  • Band of Holy Joy - "The North is Another Land" ep
  • Screen - We Are Screen
  • Members - This is Ingrrrland
  • Jay-Cee Carroll - 21st century blues
  • Blue Sausage Infant - Manitou
  • Paul Brady - Dancer in the Fire: anthology
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Live in Concert DVD
  • Thin Lizzy - Classic Album Boxset
  • Buster Shuffle - Do Nothing

Here Comes Summer? We check out what's new in June 2012

  • The Roughneck Riots
  • Paloma Faith,
  • Mystery Jets
  • Blind Atlas - Kodiak Bear
  • Mr Fogg - Eleven
  • Crocodiles – Endless
  • Casino 13 - Casino 13
  • Dana Jade - Dana Jade

Motorhead: Classic Album Selection [Box Set]

Here Comes Summer: From Joshua Nicol, Callum Barnes, Noel Horton, Lars Donohoe, Phil Allely

  • Campus: ‘Empathy’ EP
  • Blacklisters: ‘Blklsters’
  • Hostages for Smack: ‘Hostages for Smack’
  • Thee Eviltones: ‘In the Shadow of the Beast’
  • DZ Deathrays - Bloodstreams
  • Tenacious D - Rise Of The Fenix
  • Collisions – Believe In This EP
  • Gossip – A joyful noise
  • Joe Walsh - Analog Man
  • The Ready Stance - Wrecking Ball
  • Mirrormaze - Walkabout
  • Mark Northfield - Alterations
  • Maz Todderdell – Sweep
  • Rupert Stroud – Chasing The Night


Andy's May Albums: Is May A Musical Drought Or Flood?


Andys Album of the month: Richard Hawley - 'Standing At The Sky's Edge'



  • Small Faces [Decca] (all on Sanctuary label)
  • From the Beginning
  • Small Faces [Immediate]
  • Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
  • v/a - Northern Soul: 20 Original Classics, Volume 2 (Spectrum)
  • George Harrison - Early Takes, volume 1 (Commercial)


    New singles/E.P's reviewed by Chumi Banerjee [Passion Unleashed, Dark, Deep, Heralding, Heartbreak, Dirty And Sweet]



Blondie: 'Parellel Lives' - By Dick Porter & Kris Needs - Reviewed by Melanie Smith

All board! - Omnibus release new music books all reviewed by Den Browne

  • Nick Johnstone - Patti Smith: a Biography
  • Mick Middles - Arcade Fire: Behind the Black Mirror
  • Martin Power - The Story of Manic Street Preachers: Nailed to History



Liz Lacey: Homophobia Is Gay

Liz Lacey: Please Excuse Elizabeth From Doing Punk Rock!


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