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Community Fusion Quiz This Thursday

Community Fusion invite you to join them this Thursday night at the The One Eyed Dog from 8pm for the fortnightly pub quiz. Teams of up to six members are welcome to compete for various prizes which will be available on the night.

Community Fusion Pub Quiz

Signature Clothing Promo Video Premiere on 27th May at One Eyed Dog

The Signature Clothing skate team (including Lloyd Mcleggon, Nick Munday, Tom Sivyour, Alex Thornhill & Dobbo) have been hard at work for the last 12 months or so skating spots all over the city of Portsmouth and further afield, logging clips for an upcoming promo video for the Portsmouth based clothing company. Finally the time is here for the long awaited premiere of the promo video featuring the skating by many local skateboarders and you are invited to come along at 8pm on the 27th at the One Eyed Dog to check the new film and also see the new Spring/Summer 2014 range of clothing by the local label.

Check the Facebook event for full details and the flyer below plus have a watch of the teaser clip for the promo film too.

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Signature Clothing

Photos and Video from the Champagne Justice and Strong Island Recordings Party

Thursday night was the first joint Champagne Justice and Strong Island Recordings party at The One Eyed Dog with the lineup including Portsmouth’s Is Bliss plus Brighton/London Theo Verney and Boneyards. It was the second time Boneyards had hit Southsea this year and this date was part of their current tour promoting the new Rest in Beach EP released through Strong Island Recordings. It was the first opportunity for people to catch Theo Verney in the flesh in this city and after being hotly tipped by NME recently word was going round that it might be a chance to see someone set for big things in a cozy, local venue (also awesome to see someone bust out guitar solos too these days). Is Bliss played their second set as a newly formed 4 piece and their sound has continued to flourish in it’s density. Their new song was some glorious shoegaze, looking forward to seeing and hearing that more.

To see more photos and video form all the bands hit up the Strong Island Recordings Facebook and newly designed and updated YouTube.













Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice Present Boneyards, Theo Verney and Is Bliss TOMORROW!

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice! have plotted and planned together to bring you their night of raw music, going down on tomorrow, Thursday 15th August, at the One Eyed Dog. Celebrating three of the best new bands around they bring you Brighton’s Boneyards plus Theo Verney and Portsmouth’s own Is Bliss all for a mere £3 as well.

Is Bliss (Strong Island Recordings)

Not only one of Portsmouth’s but also Champagne Justice! and Strong Island Recordings’ favourite bands, Is Bliss return to pound our ears into submission. Is Bliss mix some of the finest elements of grunge and shoegaze, they play loud and fully justify the MBV Comparisons. They have recently returned to being a four piece, further cementing the incredible wall of sound they were creating as a three piece. If you have not yet had the pleasure of witnessing Is Bliss in action you need to get involved sharpish. Have a listen HERE.

Boneyards (Strong Island Recordings)

So it’s summer, what do your ears want to hear?? They want to hear Thee oh Sees, they want to hear the Jacuzzi Boys. They also want to hear Boneyards. A highlight of Brighton’s recent Alternative Great Escape on Southsea Fest’s stage, Boneyards’ perfect fusion of garage-punk and surf will have you dancing into a stupefied summer stun. Also with a new release Rest in Beach E.P out now on Strong Island Recordings to wet your whistle. See and hear more on Tumblr and SoundCloud.

Theo Verney (Art Is Hard Records/Italian Beach Babes Records)

Brighton’s Theo Verney is the soundtrack to a million summer nights. Sitting on a sun drenched balcony, drinking cocktails and listening to Theo Verney, can’t be bad. A garage pop delight that will have you reaching for your wayfarers and getting in the pit. Theo’s new EP ‘T.V.E.P’ out now on Italian Beach Babes records sits nicely positioned alongside garage stalwarts such as TY Segall or The Black lips. Theo was also recently featured as the 1st pick in NME’s The Buzz, their pick of the underground each week (see below). Have a listen on SoundCloud and find out more at: www.theo-verney.com

Don’t forget that Boneyards have just dropped a new EP on the Strong Island Recordings label too, if you want to support our little label and these dudes you can buy it on iTunes and Amazon.

UPDATE: the Boneyards limited edition 7″ will be available to buy in person on the night.

Thanks!
CJ! & SIR

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice Present Boneyards, Theo Varney and Is Bliss

Boneyards by Jack Daly

Theo Verney in the NME

Is Bliss

We’ve posted this a couple of times but, to be honest, it is amazing and needs an airing at every opportunity:

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice Present Boneyards, Theo Verney and Is Bliss

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice! have plotted and planned together to bring you their night of raw music, going down on Thursday 15th August at the One Eyed Dog. Celebrating three of the best new bands around they bring you Brighton’s Boneyards plus Theo Verney and Portsmouth’s own Is Bliss all for a mere £3 as well.

Is Bliss (Strong Island Recordings)

Not only one of Portsmouth’s but also Champagne Justice! and Strong Island Recordings’ favourite bands, Is Bliss return to pound our ears into submission. Is Bliss mix some of the finest elements of grunge and shoegaze, they play loud and fully justify the MBV Comparisons. They have recently returned to being a four piece, further cementing the incredible wall of sound they were creating as a three piece. If you have not yet had the pleasure of witnessing Is Bliss in action you need to get involved sharpish. Have a listen HERE.

Boneyards (Strong Island Recordings)

So it’s summer, what do your ears want to hear?? They want to hear Thee oh Sees, they want to hear the Jacuzzi Boys. They also want to hear Boneyards. A highlight of Brighton’s recent Alternative Great Escape on Southsea Fest’s stage, Boneyards’ perfect fusion of garage-punk and surf will have you dancing into a stupefied summer stun. Also with a new release Rest in Beach E.P out now on Strong Island Recordings to wet your whistle. See and hear more on Tumblr and SoundCloud.

Theo Verney (Art Is Hard Records/Italian Beach Babes Records)

Brighton’s Theo Verney is the soundtrack to a million summer nights. Sitting on a sun drenched balcony, drinking cocktails and listening to Theo Verney, can’t be bad. A garage pop delight that will have you reaching for your wayfarers and getting in the pit. Theo’s new EP ‘T.V.E.P’ out now on Italian Beach Babes records sits nicely positioned alongside garage stalwarts such as TY Segall or The Black lips. Theo was also recently featured as the 1st pick in NME’s The Buzz, their pick of the underground each week (see below). Have a listen on SoundCloud and find out more at: www.theo-verney.com

Don’t forget that Boneyards have just dropped a new EP on the Strong Island Recordings label too, if you want to support our little label and these dudes you can buy it on iTunes and Amazon. Cheers!

Thanks!
CJ! & SIR

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice Present Boneyards, Theo Varney and Is Bliss

Boneyards by Jack Daly

Theo Verney in the NME

Is Bliss

We’ve posted this a couple of times but, to be honest, it is amazing and needs an airing at every opportunity:

New Walls at The One Eyed Dog Calls For New Work

New Walls exhibition space at The One Eyed Dog on Elm Grove have put a call out for their next exhibition and this time the theme is movement. If you have any photography, design, illustration, etc. that you think would meet that theme then be sure to get in touch with them at: info@newwalls.co.uk

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Photos from Arrows of Love at The One Eyed Dog

Photos from the recent Arrows of Love show at The One Eyed Dog in Southsea are now up on the Strong Island Recordings Facebook page. Some are shown below but visit the SIR Facebook page to see the whole album and give the page a Like if you want to keep up to date with the upcoming shows and releases they have planned soon.

www.facebook.com/StrongIslandRecordings

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(Photos by Strong Island Media)

New Walls Seeking Submissions for New Exhibition

New Walls at The One Eyed Dog on Elm Grove has run some very successful and creative exhibitions in recent years and they are now currently seeking submissions for their next exhibition which will focus on creative responses to ‘Change':

“The second decade of the 21st Century has been one of monumental friction and social change. With once great nations falling to their knees because of the greed of others and entire revolutions in countries where the people have said enough is enough! ‘Change’ whether it has happened or if it is wanted is becoming a huge part of not just central world societies but even some of the greatest western nations.”

New Walls hope local artists will engage ‘Change’ however they like using photography, graphic design, illustration, art or even combinations of those mediums. Submissions can either be supplied digitally for New Walls to print for you or originals created and submitted in physical form. Any pieces digitally submitted to print must be a physical size of at least 10×8″ and 300DPI. Should your work be of interest to someone then there may be the potential to sell the work and New Walls fully support this too.

The deadline for submissions is the 14th February 2013 and get in touch with New Walls to find out all of the terms and conditions in detail: info@newwalls.co.uk.

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New Walls 2 – Submissions Required

The One Eyed Dog’s New Walls exhibition wall space has been running a current portrait exhibition for some months and they are now accepting submissions for their next exhibition, which has the theme of Southsea. If you have any work that relates, be it photography, painting, illustration, etc then be sure to submit them your entry by midnight Thursday 1st September 2011 by either dropping it in or emailing info@newwalls.co.uk.

The launch night of New Walls 2 will be Thursday 15th September 2011 at 6pm. Keep up with everything via Twitter at @HotWalls.

Rolla Racing at The One Eyed Dog

Think you’re faster than your mate in a head to head bike sprint. Then put yourself to the test. Push hard and pull harder, with booze, music, films & prizes to boot. Check it HERE. Backed by the good people at Solent Bike Hub. The winner of the event will be offered a place at the Rollapaluza ‘National Roller Racing Championships’ in London.

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Holy Cody Batman

Cody needs no introductions, ever. The nicest guy you’ll ever meet with a heart of a gold and the skateboard mentality of an escaped mental patient.

If you need conformation of that statement then check this photo I grabbed from some site called Facebook. Off the clubhouse roof into the flat bank down Southsea Skatepark. Nuts…

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Shortly after I posted this insane photo of Cody going nuts down the skatepark, he sent a reply. Thought i’d post it up so people that know him can have a read.

“Thank u for the nice word. I just have to say thank you to all the peeps and friends that have help and shape me as a sk8er and as a human being. The love that i have been shown over the years is so big. The friend and peeps i have met and change my life and change my path to some thing good. I truly say it with my heart that i love you all and i hope to make more friends and to have more good time. Here a shout out to all the u.k sk8 scene and the southsea boys and girl sk8er or not, much love. and to the guys like strong island crew and bored sk8 for keeping the u.k. scene going. So if u up for a sk8 drink or chill u find me in southsea. 1 love bye cody x”

Nike Football’s ‘Risk Everything’ by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust – Exclusive Interview

In the last few weeks Nike launched ‘Risk Everything’ their new football marketing campaign that features the England football team as well as other players from all around the world including Cristiano Ronaldo & Neymar Jr. Risk Everything also includes the new England kit for the 2014 World Cup with striking imagery of the players and the three lions. The artwork & branding of this vast, international marketing campaign by one of the largest brands in the World was created by Portsmouth’s very own award winning ilovedust design studio, located at the heart of the city. Established in 2003 the company and design team have grown dramatically, working with international brands as well as on local projects. Strong Island caught up with ilovedust’s Matt Howarth, senior designer, and found out more about ILD’s involvement with Nike’s Risk Everything:

ilovedust has been working with Nike for some time, can you give us a quick history of how you hooked up with them initially? Some of the past projects with them that you guys have been particularly stoked on?

We’ve been working for Nike for the last 7 years, it all started off with an illustration for a Jordan x Levis 501 project back when we were a small 4 man studio, i guess we did a pretty good job and the word spread internally at Nike world headquarters that ilovedust knew their shit! Since then we’ve grown our relationship year on year and been lucky enough to meet some inspiring people and work on some great projects along the way.

Can you give us some background on when and how you guys got involved in the England World Cup promotional branding and Risk Everything?

The initial brief for the “Risk Everything” campaign came from advertising agent Wieden & Kennady (W+K) in Portland, Oregon, over the years we have a made a few friends there and they emailed us way back in September saying they’ve got the perfect project for us! The project became so big that we ended up working directly with the Nike Football department directly.

Nike Football's 'Risk Everything' by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust

From what has been released already I’ve seen the mural on the Southbank of Jack Wilshire & Wayne Rooney the backdrop for the England team for their World Cup kit, retail displays and more, it is clearly a huge project, can you break down what is involved in a project of this scale?

Oh god… where to start!! Initially W+K briefed us to create illustrations for their 5 top footballers to be used in a print campaign (these will released in a couple of weeks), then Nike Football tasked us with creating illustrations for 7 different countries which Nike will be sponsoring at the World Cup, these would be used online and across retail destinations in each of the 7 countries. Since all of these have been completed we’ve been contacted by W+K London, Amsterdam, Rio and Tokyo for additional illustrations, this is where the Wayne Rooney/Jack Wilshere piece comes in to play, curated by W+K London and currently on display on the Southbank.

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With Risk Everything you guys have stamped your distinct signature style all over it, what level of creative control do Dust and the team have in the collaboration with Nike?

When the brief came in it referenced a lot of our work, the client had a distinct idea of what they wanted, we took it, run with it, and made it better. Luckily we have good, open relationships with our clients, and we know a thing or two about football, so they trusted us.

As well as having your main studio in Portsmouth you have a studio in Portland, working with a brand the size of Nike and a project of this scale have there been practical issues with working with a brand on the other side of the World? Advantages?

We’ve visited Nike HQ 3 times during this project and our small studio in Portland has allowed us to work on the project in real time with the clients. We’re used to being 8 hours ahead of them everyday, and working until midnight is not uncommon, so being able to work and get feedback instantaneously was a real advantage.

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The ilovedust lion is the striking backdrop for the England team in the new Nike kit in the run up to the World Cup, what design constraints did you experience (if any) with working with essentially a national sporting icon? Were the FA involved in sign-off?

This project was a fun one to work on with hardly any design restraints, and as far as we know The FA were not involved in sign-off, but as with all Nike work it had to go through legal checks, we we’re pretty safe with the 3 lions.

The lion and associated artwork are already gracing huge sports retailers’ windows plus on TV adverts, how does if feel seeing your work on this level in the UK?

It’s always nice to see months of hard work pay off when it’s released to the world – a bit surreal to see it in shop windows in your hometown!

Nike Football's 'Risk Everything' by Portsmouth Studio ilovedust

I’m assuming there is still much more to come in the run up to June and the World Cup? Will you guys be getting out to Rio?

Yes, lots more to come. The “Risk Everything” campaign will run beyond the World Cup and into next season so we have started to work on a different style of illustration for Europe’s top clubs; Barca, Man Utd, PSG, Juventus etc etc

ILD is home to some die hard Portsmouth FC fans, ever think about what you could do in regards to the club in respect to design? Maybe a new kit for 2014/2015 season?

Ha, the current kit’s not too bad but i’m sure we could improve it if given the chance!

Without letting too many cats out of the bag, what other projects are you guys working on for 2014?

Some very cool projects in the pipeline, one for Pepsi which is also World Cup related, we’re continuing to work with Microsoft for the launch of Xbox One’s Sunset Overdrive computer game in 2015, hmmm what else… lots more Nike that’s for sure, a few bits for Red Bull and a couple of top secret projects which you’ll have to wait for… sorry!

The Risk Everything artwork continues to roll out through the press and on TV, below are some images of the artwork already in the wild, be sure to keep up with the ILD website, blog, Twitter, Instagram & Behance to see more.

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Vintage Southsea Skatepark

Bored Manager Tom sent us over this original Skatepark article and poster. It doesn’t get more back in the day than this really. The original proposal plan and the opening day poster. At last Skateboard Paradise. Truly amazing. The article is quite small, but I zoomed it to read back the first paragraph.

‘Skatepark plan caters for all plus band and roller skating. Fast elevated runs and steep twisting slalom – like tracks for the advanced skateboarder, are a design feature of the £60,000 skateboard arena proposed for Southsea Common’

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Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea

Big thanks to Khalid who sent over these vintage photographs scanned from The Images of Portsmouth (1993). We have a small selection so I’ll put one page up each week.

Love this first shot of the band stand on the common in the 1920s showing how the site was originally used before the Skatepark was built around it in the 70s. So many deckchairs, it must have been big business back then. It’s a shame they didn’t keep the bandstand as it was with the little steps and iron railing. It’s a little different NOW as Marcus’s ariel shot shows. Click the image to see the high res scan up close.

Vintage Southsea Postcards

I dug these off the internet a while back and forgot I had them. Some real old school winners here. Click the read more link at the bottom of this article to see the full set.

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It’s nice to be nice!

A new reader of Strong Island recently sent us this email. Glad to hear we’re doing things right and feedback of all kinds is always welcome, as is beer. Of course.

“Hi all at Strong Island

I just wanted to email to say as a recent visitor to your site how great it is to see something that celebrates the creative, cultural and positive life of Portsmouth and Southsea (and I don’t even skate or cycle!). ‘Strong Island’ sums up the spirit of this place so well. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing the site go from strength to strength and maybe impacting on some of the decision making that goes on.”

Best wishes

Elaine

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Meg and Lynda hug it out with the help of Andy.

The Infamous Harry Pounds Scrapyard Submarines

Many of you will remember the once iconic Submarines at the Harry Pounds Scrapyard on the way in to Portsmouth. We even featured a few photos by Robin Hinson back in 2010.

Although I never got to explore the sub aquatic giants myself I was lucky enough to find this little gem a few weeks ago. Although I can’t remember where, so sorry if I nabbed it and forgot to mention you.

Watch the video for a unique view of these “Uk, Admiralty Standard Range Diesels 16 Cylinder V mechanical supercharged monsters!”

Sunny Southsea

I went for bike ride today to take advantage of the nice, albeit cold, weather and take a few photos. Check them out over on my Flickr photostream.

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Ben Schroeder Transfer

In the previous Ben Schroeder post I didn’t really describe the legendary trick very well, so I’ve dug out the photo! Ben frontside ollied out of the pool over the platform and in to the steep bank. Sick stuff.

Ben Schroeder, Transfer, Southsea (1991)

Big Rave Night

Clearly ‘that top group from Portsmouth The Parkas’ used to rave hard at the licensed bar The Drill Hall in Camberley back in ’67. Awesome stuff for sure.

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