Best of 2023: Gary’s favorite captures of the year

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This year saw my first shoot from a photo pit at Punk Rock Bowling, a huge learning curve for me, especially in regards to the lenses I was using. I have included shots of The Adolescents, The Interrupters, Fea, Sloppy Seconds, The Svetlanas, The Damned, L7, Madam Bombs, Roy Ellis & The Aggrolites, The Casualties, Surfbort and Suzi Moon to illustrate the varied acts who take part in the Festival.

The Darts I photographed in the smallest venue I have ever been in, The Hug & Pint in Glasgow, but what a night it was! All action from start to finish with a terrific soundtrack of fuzzy garage punk psychedelia! Another small venue is Bannermans in Edinburgh, where I saw The Soap Girls and Tokyo Honey Trap. Tokyo Honey Trap were unlike anything I have ever seen before, almost unbearably loud, in your face and their take on a 77 punk attitude, wonderful stuff! The Soap Girls are a real treat to see, they love talking to the audience, their music is hard edged, they are quite gymnastic, are very photogenic and their (male) drummer played absolutely stark naked!

I have included 2 bands from Rebellion, Rumkicks and Hi-Fi Spitfires. The Hi-Fi Spitfires seemed like a throw back to old style UK punk Rock and went down really well with the crowd. The Rumkicks went down an absolute storm at Rebellion. These 3 young women from South Korea won the hearts of everyone who saw them. Their obvious enthusiasm for all things punk rock and the thought of appearing on the boards of the main stage where many of their heroes had appeared was a very real thrill for them. They came, they saw and they definitely conquered!

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