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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Toilet Poetry

I don't know if it's the mischievous sense of anonymity or the human equivalent to a dog marking its territory by sniffing out and pissing on top of another dog's piss, but there's something about scrawling our thoughts on the walls of toilet cubicles that's irresistible to the bar/pub going population. Here's some of the best I've spotted:
"Rock 'n' Roll is our epiphany culture alienation boredom + despair"
"fuck a threesome it's all about a foursome" / "you look like a Joe but you act like a Kevin"
"I think you're hot but I'm too cool to say"
"Davey Cameron is a pie" - "Here we"

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Nai Harvest @ Queens Social Club, 15/10/2016

Sheffield's own boys Nai Harvest last ever gig in their home city was always going to be a bitter sweet send off, but cor blimey was it messy. It's fair to say that guitarist and singer Ben Thompson and drummer Lew Currie obliterated the Queens Social Club, an antediluvian shell of a former working men's club turned into a carnal sweat box, the walls redecorated with a Jackson Pollock-like splatter of beer, surely to be remembered for years to come as the place many in audience got a flying kick to the head and a sodden armpit in the face but didn't give a shit because it was one of the best live shows they've ever seen.

They opened with their biggest hit Hold Open My Head, a melodic intro followed by the kind of rip-roaring punk recklessness that jolts your vital organs and melts a few brain cells. It took no less than two minutes for the first super-fan to scale the stage and throw themselves into the crowd, then the floodgates opened and even the most delicate elfin tweens were leaping into the arms of bemused onlookers. One poor lass fell foul to the beer-coated slime deluging the stage, and face planted so spectacularly the mate she clambered the speakers with took off without her and didn't look back. Another guy timed his somersault all wrong and was no sooner legs akimbo on the cold hard floor than the enraptured sea of the parted crowd were drawing in around him.

It didn't take long for Ben to call defeat against the overwhelming heat, but, sans shirt, he could give all the carpe diem effervescence that Nai Harvest are so loved for, and didn't let a bust guitar string stop him either ("that's about as Nai Harvest as it gets everybody... I knew that was going to happen.") He also thanked us all for turning up to their "funeral", and sweetly checked that everyone was ok, somewhat paradoxical considering the sheer pandemonium that was unfolding before his eyes.

But, alas, all good things must come to an end, and don't Nai Harvest know it. As Ben confessed to the crowd, both he and Lew would rather part ways confident that their discography was everything they wanted it to be, because they don't want to be another one of those bands that overkill their careers and release ten pointless albums just to salvage any remnants of respect and creativity - they're happy that "every single song [they've] made is a fucking hit." At the close of the final track, Ben simply knocks over the mic, scratches out the last few chords and waves a humbled goodbye.

Rest in peace boys, you'll be missed.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Animal Instinct: the Kenzo x H&M Look Book is Here

Writer and activist Amy Sall and artist, poet and DJ Juliana Huxtable. Source:

They caused near hysteria last year when they teamed up with Balmain, and now we can see H&M's latest designer partnership with Kenzo creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon in all its garish glory. The high-street favourite and Parisian fashion house announced the collaboration back in May, and teased the first images in July. In an interview with H&M at the time of the announcement, Leon said: 
”We wanted to really tell the story of the brand and of us. Together with H&M, we will invite all the customers and fans to the real Kenzo world."
Artist and musician Oko Ebombo, makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench. Source:

The collection is inspired by the concept of diversity, and the campaign features a range of influential faces from across the globe, from Chloe Sevigny and supermodel Iman, to New York writer and activist Amy Sall.

The collection hits stores on November 3, and is jam packed with Kenzo's signature bright hues and fierce prints, with a heavy focus on leopard spots and zebra stripes. I, for one, can't stop thinking about the multi-print folkloric collared dress (below left). And can I remind everyone that Iman is 61 YEARS OLD and is slaying that tiered leopard print gown like it's nobody's business.
Musician Anna of the North; supermodel Iman. Source: //