Ed Sprake

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One time DJ, ex-guitarist (I really don’t deserve that title any more), currently improving ukulele player, lover of great music, regardless of genre.

Not too bad with words and pretty damned handy with pictures.

Rarely seen at gigs without a camera in hand, but often seen having a dance regardless.

I regularly seek out the weird and wonderful ends of various spectra of music, and thoroughly enjoy dissolving my brain in the slightly distorted, broken and bleeding edges, where boundaries are broken, and rules are disobeyed.

Somehow I manage to fit all this in around my wife, two children and a proper job. In this mix, sanity is definitely optional.

Many fingers, many pies…

 

 

Articles by Ed Sprake

Under – Slick

Unpredictable malice, driving, insistent riffs and unorthodox harmonies. An enthralling listen from start to finish.

Bossk, Ohhms and Vow

Bossk, Ohhms and Vow Rebellion, Manchester, 12.05.2017 Photos by Ed Sprake

Membranes and Friends

Membranes with Brix & The Extricated, Evil Blizzard, The Nightingales, Dub Sex, The Blinders and The Empty Page The O2 Ritz, Manchester, 29.04.2017 Photos by Ed Sprake

ZAYK at Double Four Records

ZAYK at Double Four Records Double Four Records, Glossop, 26.04.2017 Photos by Ed Sprake

Comfort – Built to Waste

Refreshingly original, hugely cathartic and absolutely more than worth your time.

Big Business, Whores. and Under

Big Business, Whores. and Under The Star and Garter, Manchester, 02.04.2017 Photos by Ed Sprake

Anthrax: Among The Living Tour with The Raven Age

Anthrax: Among The Living Tour with by The Raven Age Academy 1, Manchester, 14.02.2017 Photos by Ed Sprake

Duke Garwood, Kreol Lovecall and Nev Cottee

Duke Garwood with Kreol Lovecall and Nev Cottee The Deaf Institute, Manchester, 12.02.2017 Photos by Ed Sprake

Release the Crowd – A photo book by Nic Bezzina

This is an exceptional collection of photographs showing the highs and the lows, the dry and the wet, the pre, post and during gig emotions experienced by that strange and eclectic thing, the festival crowd.

Grey Lantern Presents MUMS’ Album Launch with Lake of Snakes, Super Luxury and Grey Hairs

Grey Lantern Presents MUMS' Album Launch with Lake of Snakes, Super Luxury and Grey Hairs Islington Mill, Salford, 21.10.2016 Photos by Ed Sprake

Review & Exclusive Track Premiere: Peaks – Dear George, Dear William

Wandering from melancholy to slightly angular and discordant to uplifting, the Hollowhead EP provides an engaging, emotional journey you can’t help but listen to.

ArcTanGent 2016: Thursday highlights

ArcTanGent 2016: Thursday highlights ArcTanGent Festival 2016 Photos by Magda Wrzeszcz and Ed Sprake

Sphelm – These Roots Know No Boundaries

These Roots Know No Boundaries builds on a quality live experience and elevates itself to something distinctly more than their first release. This is a highly refined, well thought out melodic journey and one that distinctly deserves exploring. By Ed Sprake

Mums – Land Of Giants

Unrelentingly intense and full of titanic riffs, Land Of Giants is decibel rich, ridiculously noisy, bass heavy without a bass player, crunchier than rocks on your morning cereal and absolutely doused in love from Mums. By Ed Sprake

ArcTanGent 2016: The festival, the people

ArcTanGent 2016: the festival, the people ArcTanGent Festival 2016 Photos by Ed Sprake and Magda Wrzeszcz

ArcTanGent 2016: American Football

ArcTanGent 2016: American Football Arc stage, ArcTanGent Festival 2016 Photos by Ed Sprake and Magda Wrzeszcz

ArcTanGent 2016: Godspeed You! Black Emperor

ArcTanGent 2016: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Arc stage, ArcTanGent Festival 2016 Photos by Magda Wrzeszcz and Ed Sprake

ArcTanGent 2016: MONO

ArcTanGEnt 2016: MONO Yohkai stage, ArcTanGent Festival 2016 Photos by Ed Sprake and Magda Wrzeszcz

Sweet Deals On Surgery – The Snake And The Snoozer

It’s unashamedly catchy. In fact, it’s really quite poppy indeed in it’s own weird, twisted and possibly slightly psychotic way. By Ed Sprake

Shield Patterns – Mirror Breathing

Mirror Breathing is an album that goes well with an armchair, a great pair of speakers and nothing to do but completely immerse yourself in this gracefully forged landscape. By Ed Sprake

Carina Round – Deranged to Devine

Some of this journey is sublimely delicate and beautiful, some of it is harsher and darker. All of it is utterly captivating. By Ed Sprake

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