Medway Eyes was an independent, grass-roots creative collective with an inclusive, community-based approach to the arts and a clear DIY ethic. It ran for five years between 2008 and 2013 and is now deceased. Any short, sharp proclamations you see on Facebook or on Twitter from now on should be viewed either as death rattlings or serious recommendations.
Anyway, we thought we’d just pop back to say goodbye and thank you, and to share the PHOTOS.
This SLIDESHOW view is quite nice too.
Well, not so much republished as put into this convenient one stop shop of a blog entry.
You can now download all five of the charity compilations we’ve put out over the last five years. Simply click on any the album titles below to start a download. When you’re done, please click to donate to Young Minds UK.
If you’ve donated, thank you. If donating via the internet isn’t your thing then don’t worry, we’ll be setting up donations by text message shortly.
ME5 is OUT! Huge thanks to all those who have contributed tracks. This year’s album is our last, and all donations go directly to YoungMinds. Download. Enjoy. DONATE. Thank you.
Be patient, as things will be busy initially. If you have trouble downloading then please try a bit later. if you’re still stuck, email us at email@example.com and we’ll do our best to get back to you within a day or two.
You In There – Broderick & Barnes
What Was That Sound? (demo) – Theatre Royal
Pound and a Penny – The Flying Isaacs
Jah-rusalem – The Objectors
Budd – Bear Vs Manero
Be Mine, Or Seven – DarkTrain
Ann Hedonia (live) – The Galileo 7
Strawwelpeter (demo) – Blind Maharishi
Benetton Models – That Massive Bereavement
Candle And A Song – Didi Bergman
Feeding The Flames – Crow Lane
Danza De La Muerte (demo) – Marf Salvador
Flamenca – Wildfowl
The Get Out – Stuart Turner & The Flat Earth Society
Raise Your Flag And Make Your Children Dumb – Broken Banjo
Ghosts – The Furry Love Lickers
Aqueducts – Frau Pouch
Gone – The Only Sun
Gymnastics – Natalie Evans
The Hag – Wolfgang Riot
In The Summer – View From The Skyline
Another Time – Ferocious Lopez
Sometimes – Jim Neill
Under My Skin – Joe
King Of Bradford – The Shagmonroes
The Moment – Philtrum
Disappear – Reavsey & Marling
Fishy Tales – Arfur
The Middle Of The Day – Bob Collins & The Full Nelson
Hatty Days – Rokoko
Little Man – One Eleven Edmund
Pond of Love – Glenn Barnes
Weep Willow Weep – Black Lion Courtiers
Mesa – Electron Forest
The Next New Thing – 3D
Shotgun Brain Interface – Balance Lost
Ballerina – Unlucky Fried Kitten
Alligators – Gggn ft Brmn
OCD – Punching Swans
Atlantis – The Flowing
Ordinary Day – Groovy Uncle ft. Suzi Chunk
Promises, Promises – Ben Jones & The Rifle Volunteers
Pick Yourself Up – Swampstomper
Somewhere Waiting – The Love Family
These Guilty Men – These Guilty Men
Coagula – Luna Lacuna
Under Me – Spindly Killers
The Barest Minimum – Pity Party
Wrong Side Of The River – John Forrester
Young Meteors – Future Echoes
Zombie Midwife Afterbirth Squad – Kill Rpnzl
The Big Meg – Z Stacks
Paranoia And Cats – Kofalli Ragdoll
Roman Horses (live radio)- Upcdownc
Alien – The Singing Loins
Lay Down With Me (Bootleg) – Crybaby Special
The Night Had No Terrors For Us – Hand Of Stabs
Thanks To The Latter – My Sick Mind and Chris Austin
ME5 is dedicated to Chris Austin.
As you probably know, we like to put out a compilation album each year. The aim is simple – to promote local music hard whilst doing what we can for a good cause. This year we’re doing it again. We’ll be releasing ME5 as a free download only album, but you’ll be encouraged to donate to our nominated charity when you download. This year that charity is Young Minds. We’ll be releasing the album at midnight on Friday 29th November and staging three gigs over that weekend to mark the album’s release, but more about that later.
We would love it if as many bands and artists as possible from in and around Medway could contribute a track. All you need to do is send an mp3 at 192Kbps to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, properly tagged. When you do this, it will be assumed that you have full rights to the music. Medway Eyes will not be liable for any unlawful distribution. That’s it. So, whether it’s a track from your last album, a bedroom demo, an outtake or a live recording, we’d love you to share with us and help us spread the word and do good. Of course, it promotes you too.
All submissions need to be with us by no later than midnight on Saturday 9th November, and we reserve the right to refuse submissions if they are technically flawed, if we think there may be copyright issues, or if … and we know this is subjective — we don’t think you’ve checked any of our last four albums and thought about whether your submission would be in kindred company. Oh, and try not to send us songs with the the word “fuck” in. We want the Flanders family to donate.
We’re not writing to individuals this time because we can’t get the staff, so please spread the word.
Following the roaring success of Homespun, we’re delighted to be contributing to another inaugural independent Medway festival. This one is called Medway Visions, and it’s the brainchild of film maker Mr Young. It runs for a week from 7th September and includes a new film, ‘Shaking The Sky’ from Mr Young, animated shorts, horror-comedy, a documentary by Dave Wise and special screenings by the Rochester Film Society. For full details, see the Creatabot website.
We’re running one branch of all this – the gig you see posted above. Stuart Turner and The Flat Earth Society are soon to launch their third album and have commissioned videos for every song. They’ll be showing all of these as well as playing a live set at the Nag’s Head on Saturday 7th, supported by a live solo performance from Crybaby Special and videos from Tape Error.