DIY Conspiracy
The (International) DIY Conspiracy

Days of Noise: A 35mm Photo Essay

In 2018, Feedbacker and Calf toured Europe for two weeks. On a day off in Italy they teamed up with Demikhov and recorded some noise, which ended up released on vinyl in 2019. A new records is always a good reason to put some more DIY shows here and there, so in April 2019 they went on to play Greece and Bulgaria.

Shentov here. We went on tour and I wanted to share a story from it. I totally love the idea of a tour report—like my previous one—and I always like to read it in a zine or over the web. However, this time I wanted to do something else.

The following pictures are all shot on 35 mm in the course of a week while Feedbacker, Calf and Demikhov did a short tour in Greece and Bulgaria. I have this quirk for shooting analog using the crappiest cameras available. I always try to sneak my LC-A at shows and shoot some messy double exposures when I get the chance. I am no real photographer, though. I couldn’t care less about depth of focus or good composition. I know nothing about this, and it’s part of the fun, I guess.

Probably a week before this tour, I somehow managed to buy a second hand Olympus Mju II locally for the pricey sum of €8. Now, I got really lucky, because nowadays these cameras command big bucks on the second hand market, and I can almost see why. They are small, full auto focus, relatively fast and take good old 35 mm film. Besides the hipster hype, I’m all good with it. Is it the perfect camera to take on tour? Probably not, since you already got all the megapixels right in your pocket with any smartphone. Is it fun to have on tour? Most definitely.

And, in this case, it was my tool to capture the spirit of this journey.

Enjoy!

M0000-004-002
19/04/2019 Getting ready for soundcheck in Plovdiv. it took us maybe 5 shows to become besties with Vankata – one of the grumpiest soundguys in the Balkans.
M0000-004-004
Dessi taking care of our merch.
M0000-004-005
Demikhov totally killed it on the first gig of the tour.
M0000-004-006
Cesare aka one of the hardest hitting drummers in Europe.
M0000-004-007
We’re so lucky to have very welcoming and enthusiastic crowds here in Bulgaria.
M0000-004-010
Battle of the aluminium axes.
M0000-004-011
No drumheads were harmed in making this photo… yet.
M0000-004-014
Post-gig Nikola at Post Culture.
M0000-004-016
Döner party!
M0000-004-017
19/04/2019 Somewhere on our way to Thessaloniki. Yes, we peed there, and we also found a doggo friend (not pictured). Yes, it had fleas.
M0000-004-019
At Fabrika Yfanet, the largest squat in the Northern hemisphere.
M0000-004-020
Greek squat cat.
M0000-004-021
The Yfanet library. I can live there, seriously!
M0000-004-022
Stairs. Girl.
M0000-004-023
Focus is overrated.
M0000-004-024
I used earplugs twice in my life…
M0000-004-025
…both times were at a CALF gig
M0000-004-026
“OK, we’re Feedbacker”
M0000-004-027
Dessi doing her thing.
M0000-004-030
Living Under Drones, amazing band from Ioannina.
M0000-004-031
Make sure you check them out, especially if they play near you on one of their tours.
M0000-004-032
Incoming transmission from the Mothership.
M0000-004-034
No caption here. I just love these two.
M0000-019-006
20/04/2019 Ioannina (GR) was stunning.
M0000-019-009
Cesare chanelling his inner Kurt Cobain.
M0000-019-014
Demikhov.
M0000-019-019
Living Under Drones.
M0000-019-010
Calf live at Ioannina city (GR).
M0000-019-013
Grind.
M0000-016-032
Aaaa Aaa Aaaaa
M0000-019-028
Calf.
M0000-019-018
Post-show
M0000-019-029
21/04/2019 Athens streets.
M0000-019-026
BlackBox Studios in Athens – friendly place held by awesome people. Check out their band called Their Methlab!
M0000-019-025
Setting up.
M0000-019-031
Demikhov delivers as always… we were concerned about frying up the bass rig that night. Speakers were flashing red…
M0000-019-030
Invisible Jason.
M0000-019-033
Tattoo time.
M0000-019-035
A casual walk in Exarcheia.
M0000-016-009
22/04/2019 Karditsa (GR) Ancient Emblem’s ace stage props.
M0000-016-010
Ancient Emblem live in Karditsa. I dodn’t want to ruin their show using my flash, so unfortunately there’s only one acceptable picture from their set.
M0000-016-028
Demikhov in Karditsa squat.
M0000-016-029
Things are getting hot…
M0000-016-031
…we had a great time in Karditsa, as always.
M0000-016-035
Wild times w/Calf
M0000-016-034
the Ancient Calf Ensemble
M0000-016-036
“you noise boys are just pushing knobs”
M0000-005-003
23/04/2019 On the last day of tour we took a huge ass expensive boat to Corfu…
M0000-005-007
…and ended up in a beautiful abandoned factory that is now Elaia Squat.
M0000-005-008
We found a typewriter and a toy rabbit there….
M0000-005-009
…as well as new friends. We had a great show with small and very accepting crowd. Also, one of the loudest gigs on this tour
M0000-005-011
This is Marco, probably looking up for aluminium guitars on the used market.
M0000-005-013
This image says it all. Thank you, Elaia crew!
M0000-005-021
We’re all fuckin’ tired, but it was fuckin’worth it!
M0000-005-024
This is the point where our tour officialy ended. Calf took the way to their hometown while Feedbacker & Demikhov went on to Sofia. Thanks to all involved for a magnificent week of DIY touring!
viko sofia 2
However, it wasn’t over for us until a couple of days later…
viko sofia 1
MAYDAY(s) DIY FEST in our home town (organized by DIY Conspiracy) was truly a 3-days long celebration of activism, music and DIY culture. We had bands from Catalunya to Russia and genres from hip-hop to ritual experimental noise. Wonderful times of great music, screenings, discussions and DIY workshops in the spirit of sharing & solidarity, all this not-for-profit. After another tour, this event made us appreciate our scene in Sofia even more and left us eager to do more to keep it alive and vibrant.

We don't sell stuff. We don't run on ads.

logo-round
We need your help to continue. If you appreciate our work, please consider making a donation or pledge on Patreon by smashing one of the buttons down below.
Comments

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More