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ME5 is OUT! Download and Donate Here

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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.

Download HERE then donate HERE.

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 medwayeyes@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to get back to you within a day or two.

TRACK LISTING
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.

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Homespun: An Independent Medway Music Festival

Medway Eyes is very proud to be a part of Homespun, an independent Medway music festival that is taking place in and around Rochester in mid-July. Here’s the line-up so far…

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So that explains what this previous post was all about. We’re delighted to be working alongside Motherboy, TEA Concerts and Suburban Kings on this one and the line-up is, quite frankly, ruddy marvellous.

Click on the poster above to go to the Homespun website, and click again to follow Homespun on Facebook and/or Twitter and stay up to date.

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Issuing A Broadside

The Medway Broadside launches at Poco Loco at 3:00 this Sunday afternoon (28th November). All are welcome, and there will be live acoustic music from the astonishing talents Didi Bergman, Joe Cottiss and Theatre Royal.

But what is the Medway Broadside?

It’s a community sourced publication, written and produced by volunteers, that focuses on local issues and leans towards the grass roots arts.  The aim is to produce a print run once a quarter and to have a website to complement that. There is no gloss, no advertising and no clutter or careeerism.

Medway Eyes would like to be honest and open and declare its interests here. The editorial team is comprised of two Medway Eyes trustees. Just so you know.

That said, anybody can offer a contribution to the Broadside as long as it is not politically parmesan, simply by writing to editor@themedwaybroadside.com. We’d urge you to do so. We all have our views and our take on things, after all. Everybody deserves a voice, particularly in a local environment where issues like city status are at the forefront of public debate.

Come along. Check it out. Embrace the alternative. We’d love to see you and to listen to you. In the meantime, here’s a word from one who knew…

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Retro Post #9: October 2009 – ME1: Our First Birthday

For our first birthday we asked our musical chums if they would like to contribute a track to a compilation album, our photography chums if they would like to contribute to an eZine and the rest of you if you wanted to come along to our birthday gig. After a big fat YES from lots and lots of people we ended up with a bumper 21 track album, a packed eZine and a happily crowded Nag’s Head on the 2nd October.

Thanks to The Lovedays, The Bresslaws and Didi Bergman for a great birthday gig.

The ME1 album is still available to download for free HERE, and don’t forget you can donate to Oxjam if you want to.

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Retro Post #7: August 2009 – Section 44 Photo Walk

Possibly its most important event this year, the Medway Eyes Photo Walk drew attention from far and wide. Due to coverage on the BBC, in The Independent, Amateur Photographer, the British Jounal of Photography, as well as local papers, Monaxle and Medway Eyes became momentarily famous for all the wrong reasons. Medway Eyes didn’t set itself up as a civil rights group, but found itself at the heart of a debate which has been snowballing since legislation was introduced allowing police officers to arrest anyone, for
any reason, under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Section 44 is one of the more controversial laws introduced during New Labour’s tenure; part of an avalanche of more than 3600 new criminal offences set to bury us all in bureaucracy and undermine our rights. Under Section 44, the police need not have any grounds for arrest at all. So, if you carry a camera, or a mobile phone, or a rucksack, or if you drive a van, or wear a beard, then watch your back, because that’s all it takes. Abandoning all common sense, it seems, the government has exercised extreme stupidity
in order to legislate against extreme stupidity. What’s it going to do next? Arrest itself?

Despite the events which inspired the photo walk, the day itself saw a hefty contingent of happy photographers descend on Medway from all over the place. A slideshow of what they saw can be seen on the Rights and Wrongs page on the Medway Eyes website.

You can follow the details of Monaxle’s case on his blog.

And here’s some video. The first is from The Independent. The second is from Babycravat.

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Retro Post #3: March 2009 – Desolation Row

Desolation Row is an ongoing collaborative multimedia project that is Medway Eyes’ response to the regeneration that is taking place in Medway despite a lack of sufficient public consultation.

We believe that respectful management and preservation of a place’s heritage is the key to a successful regeneration, yet we have seen the Theatre Royal demolished, Aveling and Porter groundlessly condemned, and Sun Pier left to ruin. The council can see Sun Pier from their plush new offices. We’ve asked them when it is going to be fixed. We have not received a reply.

We also observe that regeneration in other areas has opened up waterfronts. Not here though. The waterfront will be covered in flats and closed off from the town by a bus station in the wrong place.

Sunday 15th March saw an assortment of creative locals – musicians, photographers, film makers, writers, artists and designers traipsing around the forgotten stretch of the Chatham/Rochester Hight Street. The plan for the shoot was to make it up as we went along and then go to the pub.

Our only disappointment was that the Bob Dylan which had been stencilled onto the side of the Jade Garden (by Redlock, we subsequently discovered) had been painted over. A real shame as it was the only thing breaking up the ghastly shade of Dull that the rest of the building was painted in. Anyway, thanks to our vigilant photographers, we’d heard of a second Bob Dylan painted on Bath Hard Lane. We found Bob to be wonderfully photogenic and a
real hit with the ladies. We did the second Desolation Row shoot two weeks later. We filmed some interviews and singing by the river and drank more beer.

Unfortunately, there was one thing missing; Bob Dylan. The second Bob had been painted over too. He’d been stencilled onto a filled-in railway arch on a scrubby bit of wasteland, so who would paint over it and why? Given that other graffiti had been left behind, including an indecipherable, artistically devoid tag about six feet high, we could come to only one conclusion; the council had been out with the whitewash again. It seems we were right, too. Medway Eyes photographer, Garry Jenkins was in the papes again for the second time in a week. The caption beneath his photo read “This Dylan image has since been painted over by council workers”. While they were at it, the council painted over another historic piece of graffiti; a tribute to Thee Milkshakes which had adorned the wall by the railway bridge for more than twenty-five years. You see, the council can’t have the general public seeing validity in vandalism. How will it manipulate us into believing that Medway needs regeneration if the crappy tags have to compete with artistic graffiti? So they painted over Bob and the Milkshakes leaving the rubbish behind in the name of making Medway a “cleaner and safer place”. The council whitewash is not for our safety, it is a tool of censorship, used to blunt our senses to its persistent cultural vandalism.

We’re letting this project find its own path and allowing it to take as long as it needs to to record change. There will be video, music and maybe a book. It is possible, but unlikely, that a physical gallery exhibition will accompany this project, so don’t be upset if there are no postcards of the hanging. The chances are we’ll manage another gig.

See the Desolation Row page on our website for more information.

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Medway Eyes on WordPress

Medway Eyes is an independent, informal artists’ collective from the Medway Towns in south-east England in the UK. This blog is where we publicise the events we put on, serving as a one stop shop for press and public alike.

We’ll be featuring a photographer each month, and this month it’s piX1966. Check her out.

We’ll be adding a series of posts about our activities over the past year or so, just as soon as we’ve redesigned our website.  After that, we’ll be looking forward and keeping you up to date with news and events.

We live at www.medwayeyes.co.uk, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, and you can contact us at medwayeyes@gmail.com.

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