Tune in to SEC-TV three nights a week for the next month or so to watch DISC40 on Public Access Television or watch here live on our very own PortFire TV channel over at YouTube. Thank you to all of the performers and presenters! Thank you to Frank Fulchiero at SEC-TV for filming and editing this TV video!
I heard you knocking
at our cellar door
shakey made a run to New York
and he had scored
and you were desperate
how did you know?
acceptance proceeds at
its own pace
perception is constantly
a step behind
a step behind
it was a secret
until it wasn’t
the neighborhood kids didn’t hear our warnings
they were simply kids
tired of warnings
tired of fighting
tired of trying
some were revived
and some of you died
lyrics by Ellery Twining
from RESULTS, track released June 1, 2023
Django Django are a British art rock band based in London, England. Formed in 2009, the band has released four studio albums starting with their self-titled debut in 2012. Their latest album Glowing in the Dark was released on 12 February 2021. This music video was shot in Stonington, CT and released 24 January 2021.
Written, Directed, and Produced by James Canty
Weatherall is the first music video from Ellery Twining’s debut solo album “Revenge”, released 17 January 2022.
It is a deep dive into intergenerational relationships…
Written and directed by Mystic photographer Michelle Gemma, featuring archival photographs from Mystic’s 1990’s underground dance party scene at Mars Hall, alongside video footage from last decade’s recreation of scene at the Workshop.
Edited by Jim Canty.
The song and video are a tribute to British producer/DJ Andrew Weatherall (1963-2020), who passed as Twining was writing the songs for “REVENGE.”
Song credits: Ellery Twining (all Noises) Dave Bentley (the Bass Guitar) Brad Bensko (Electric Guitar) Jason Curland (Percussion)
Produced by Eric Lichter at Dirt Floor Recording & Production Haddam, CT
Engineered by Guido Falivene
Video credits: All photographs and video by Michelle Gemma Except two indoor Mars Hall dance party photos by Kerry Niering and Mars Hall demo photos by Erin Pipping
Models: Carly Straub and Jane Anderson
Photographed March 2022 in Mystic, CT, USA
“The Stars Turn, and a Time Presents Itself”:::
I started thinking about all the band photographs I have taken since the early 1990’s, when I first tested the waters with a camera. Musicians were my first muse, before I established a model stable, a steady fuse that still burns today. I realized with a tiny shock, that not a single band in my photographic collection is still together today.
Of course……not shocking at all:
being in a band is the very essence of a photograph: “it is a flash in a moment of time” (Portersville, 1998).
My very first band photo was a live shot of Delta of Venus, at the El-n-Gee in January 1993:
Fatal Film photoshoot at the Waterford Drive-In Theater 6 March 2004
Estrogen and Tonic (ONE HALF OF PAISLEY JUNGLE!!!!!!!) Hygienic Rock Fix 29 January 2005
Lotus at the Green Marble 1994
Low Beam at Hygienic Rock Fix in New London January 2005
Incessant Pop Group chez Centraal Studios, 2005
Slander band photo June 2012 in our backyard
Over these twenty years, I have photographed in pretty much chronologic order: Delta of Venus, 17 Relics, Lotus, Mindbender, Magpie, MAP, Doug, Cigarette, The Reducers, Vera From Alice, Grand Passion, Semaphore, Mona Gritch, Adams Onis, $3 Depth Charge, Black Pig Liberation Front, AmberTones, Portersville, Roger Human Being, Seratonin, Low Beam, Estrogen and Tonic, Fatal Film, Quiet Life, Ringers, Sodium Lights, Incessant Pop Group, and Slander.
The music of many of these bands can be heard here in the music archive, carefully maintained by Mat Tarbox. The origin of PortFire was in MMA: Mystic Music Archive, and after the Chez Depot Memorial Show in July 2011, it was decided that a larger Artist website would better serve the talent of the roster.
“I can’t find my way home..
That’s when I don’t need you.”
Incessant Pop Group, Anhedonia, from Batterie Electronique, 2006