I’m consolidating all my online presences into Sweatpants Empire. More on this later.
Kingsley Chapman —formerly of The Chapman Family— a talented renaissance-lad whom I’ve known for quite a while now, has set about documenting the wide-spread decay in the Northern berg of Stockton-On-Tees.
I was born here. My family lives here, and it’s a swift kick to the gut to see it like this. Still, I am thankful for the good folk who stick around Teesside and haven’t jumped ship like I did; The few pearls amongst the oyster shit. The ones responsible for great music events like Stockton Weekender and previously Middlesbrough Music Live (RIP), the unusually high output of great bands (The Chapman Family included) and a hodge-podge of lovely talented creative types, some of whom I’m extremely proud to call my friends. The type of friends who do interesting projects like Closed Shops…
You can follow closed shops on Instagram here.
I made prison wine for Prisonify.com – I’m not Jilly Goulden, but it wasn’t bad.