Call me Russ L

A gig that all of the locals should be at

Posted in Music by Russ L on 4 July, 2006

I saw this posted on The Communion. I didn’t know the lad in question but Deadsunrising were one of my favourite local bands ever, Spine were a band I thought were really good but only got to see twice, and it’s a good cause too:

Matthew Aaron Watkins passed away on 22nd April 2006 due to a terrible accident on Snowdonia.

Matt fell during a walk with some of his work colleagues. The air Ambulance could not get airborne due to the terrible weather conditions, therefore a search and rescue team walked for 7-8 hours to find and rescue him inc. a number of other people of his party who got stranded. The search & rescue team are voluntary workers and survive on minimal funding. At Matt’s funeral, donations for the team were collected and at his wake a number of friends including his fiancée Emma discussed the possibility of doing a gig for Charity to raise more money and celebrate Matt’s life.

Anyone who has been part of the hardcore & metal scene of Birmingham & London may of known him from various gigs or metal clubs. There are a number of people on this board who had the pleasure of knowing such an amazing character!

A tribute site has been set up for people who knew him to leave thoughts and messages,

Wednesday 16th August at the Med Bar, Digbeth, Birmingham.

A one off reformation of Birmingham Hardcore Legends SPINE and Yam Yam noisemongers deadsunrising.

Both bands had the pleasure of knowing him and he would be seen at every local show on the edge of the pit, as ‘the pit was for pussies’ – apparently, diet coke in hand rocking out.

£4 minimum donation, more is obviously welcome and all money made from merchandise will be donated also!

Thanks to Action Alex of Deadsunrising/D. Louis Baker & Friends for posting the above.

~ Russ L, urging everyone to spread the word to anyone who might be interested.


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  1. Ben said, on 6 July, 2006 at 11:30 pm

    A good cause indeed.

    Off-topic, but did you get my email about the A-Z Of Music compilation CD last week? You’re down to contribute ‘Queen Bee’ by Barbara Streisand – it’d be really helpful if you could drop me an email asap to say whether you own the track and will be able to get it into mp3 form.


  2. Russ L said, on 8 July, 2006 at 9:22 am

    Okey-dokey Smokey. Email sent.


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