Weapons of Choice

Weapons of Choice #4 - Oliver Cole by Aaron Corr

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On my list of who to feature in Weapons on Choice I had written at the top the name Ollie Cole, ex-Turn front-man and now solo artist.  I was a big fan of Turn since I saw them supporting JJ72 in the Black Box in Galway, and Dolans in Limerick back in 2000.  Over the years, particularly around the time of their 2nd album, Forward, some friends and I would get together to go watch them in Limerick.  

At one such gig I'd got pulled up onstage to play the last chorus of the final track of the show, Too Much Make-Up.  "Can you play an A and an E?" Ollie asked from the stage before grabbing me.  As I played, he leaped onto the stool by my friends to sing.  Their drummer, Ian Melady, came to find me after to say that it was the best 'guest guitarist' that they'd had on that tour.  Most of the time they'd have to turn the amp off on the person.  Apologies, I digress.   

It was a no brainer when I wanted to do one of these features with Ollie, to discuss his time in Turn, going solo, how he learned guitar, what sort of set ups he uses live, and how he writes & records music.  He met me by my apartment and we drove north to his cottage where we had the chat in his kitchen, took a few portraits of him, his guitars and various other instruments.  Unfortunately the Fender Telecaster he got from U2 was not present.  His daughter was there however, and very playful so I made sure to give her her moment in the sun by getting her in for some pictures before I took off.

The interview was the longest I've had to transcribe yet (running at 90 minutes) but very worth it.  There was a lot of tales and experience to go through to get the pieces ironed out to what finally made the feature on GoldenPlec.  Click here to see more of the photos on my Flickr.

Weapons of Choice #3 - Meltybrains? by Aaron Corr

I met up with Meltybrains? in Volt studios, where they rehearsed, back in May and interviewed them for my Weapons of Choice feature with GoldenPlec.  I had only caught the band live once prior to then, supporting tUnE-yArDs in Vicar Street and was interested in discovering more about them via the feature.  

This was my first time running a band interview and I was quite daunted given the hyperactive and giddy nature of the band.  I didn't know entirely how I'd write up the piece since I've always interviewed one person at a time and wrote the feature in first person.  When you're transcribing an interview where everyone is talking over each other, and you're trying to remember who is saying what at every given time, you've got your work cut out for you.

The guys were a great laugh, every bit as mad as I expected.  My fellow GoldenPlec colleague Sean Smyth joined me, and took some behind the scenes shots which didn't make their way in to the post once it was all put together.  He caught some fun shots of the laughter had during the interview and some of the rehearsal room antics, keyboard fights and the drums as they got torn apart.  

For the portraits, we left the rehearsal room to shoot outside the studio.  The lads saw my little Toyota Starlet and all wanted to cram in for some shots.  

After that the plan was to get them all in a skip and just do what they felt like doing in front of the camera.  It's great shooting with a band who are open to anything, not afraid of embarrassment, throw their ideas out there and don't hold back.  

To see the rest of the photos click here.



Weapons of Choice #2 - Gavin Glass by Aaron Corr

For my second Weapons of Choice feature I met up with Gavin Glass in his recording studio, Orphan Recordings.  Gavin has a great history to tell regarding his love of music, the tales from the bands he was previously in, to how he ended up setting up his own studio to record himself & other acts.  

Hi dog, Danko was ever present and got in on the photoshoot at any opportunity.  The shoot was done on a cold winter evening and both of us had rumbling stomachs from a long day's work with no dinner.  It can be daunting running he interview and the photoshoot without any assistance, add to that the hunger driving you to get done quicker.  The studio has many rooms full of interesting recording devices, instruments and equipment.  A full day would have done it real justice but I managed to try cover as much as I could in the time I spent there.  

Two things I learned from this shoot were:

  1. Never forget spare batteries.  I usually have them when bringing flashes to a shoot but on this occasion I didn't pack them and of course, it was that time when neither flashes had power to cover the shoot.  Queue me legging it out to the nearest petrol station to buy a few Duracell.
  2. Always remember to bring home your scarf.  Being a cold night I was wrapped up warm and when packing up to leave the studio I forgot to care about non camera related gear.  No biggie to me, it may be an excuse to go back and visit the studio once the cold nights return.

To date this was the last Weapons of Choice feature to go online but there are more in the can, more planned and the plan for one a month so it is a regular feature online.  Stay tuned to see who is next.

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Weapons of Choice #1 - New Valley Wolves by Aaron Corr

Here is the first Weapons of Choice feature I created for GoldenPlec.  This was a road test to see how the feature would take shape, both written and for photos.  Follow up features have changed look and layout but for a first go, I was happy with the results.

I had met Jonny from New Valley Wolves when they supported my mates Fox Jaw in The Grand Social.  They were a heavy, loud, distortion fuelled duo that had a sound that should/will be filling rooms far bigger than that night.  This made Jonny a clear front runner to get in touch and talk about guitars, pedals, learning to play and writing.

Click the images to see the feature in full, and for the full set of photos click here.