From Hedi Slimane’s grunge moment at Saint Laurent Paris to Christopher Kane’s micro kilts, fashion is currently in hock to the two-finger salute of rock. Chanelling their "Get Loud" attitude, Converse have reimagined their classic Chuck Taylor’s in leather and studs and, for the month of August, are teaming up with central London tattoo parlour The Circle, opening today.
Yet fashion would be naught without a soundtrack. To celebrate the collaboration, Converse are curating a head-thrashing summer line-up at The Circle including Metz, Bring Me The Horizon and New Slang. On 17th August, they will be joined by New York duo Pure Love. Singer Frank Carter and guitarist Jim Carroll previously played in hardcore bands Gallows and The Suicide File/The Hope Conspiracy respectively, finding common ground in pursuing a “real rock” sound. Taking their name from a song by ’70s jazz-rock fusionists Mahavishnu Orchestra, Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love, the band have played Leeds and Reading festivals and toured with Paramore and Biffy Clyro. In anarchic spirit, they set out to be heard: “There isn’t anything like this out there – that’s why we did it,” says Carter. “We need to fucking shake things up.” Ahead of their gig at Circle, they choose their top tunes to angst out to. We say turn it up loud.
Register for the chance to win a unique skin design by artists Adrien Edek, Matt 'Oddboy' Barett-Jones, Kamil Mocet and Frederick Reinel.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - MY GOD IS THE SUN
DIRE STRAIGHT - LOVE ILLUMINATION
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BORN IN THE U.S.A.
LYNARD SKYNARD - SIMPLE MAN
NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS - RED RIGHT HAND
QUEEN - BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
"ANYTHING BY NICKLEBACK"
PINK FLOYD - SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL - BAD MOON RISING
Converse at The Circle runs from 1st - 24th August, 2013 at The Circle Tattoo Parlour, 21 Noel street, W1F 8GP. The following acts will be playing:
7th August - Metz / New Slang / New Noise DJs
17th August - Pure Love / Daniel P Carter DJ
22nd August - Bring Me The Horizon / Bullett For My Valentine DJs
For further information, ticket applications and how to get inked, visit Converse Get Loud.
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