In the recording studio with The Dodge Brothers

September 7, 2018

Over the summer I made some documentary images in the recording studio with The Dodge Brothers, purveyors of incendiary skiffle and silent movie accompaniment. I have photographed the Dodge Brothers both live and for press many times over the last 10 years. In June, they kindly invited me to visit the studio where they were recording their third album, Drive Train.

For those unfamiliar with the band, The Dodge Brothers are Mike Hammond (Vocals/Guitar), Mark Kermode (Vocals/Double Bass), Aly Hirji (Guitar/Mandolin/Backing Vocals) and Al Hammond (Drums/Washboard and occasional Wine Bottle). The band don’t write new songs, they write old songs. Tales from the heart and gut of railroads, bad men, and strong women. The songs are reminiscent of the 1940s and 50s blues and rockabilly with themes of love, death and redemption to the tone of classic Americana.

Around the time I went to the studio to document part of the recording, I was able to catch up with the band at their show in my hometown of Portsmouth playing at the Square Tower for Square Roots Promotions. I have included some pictures I shot at the gig along with some portraits we made in the fading light atop the coastal fort. Subsequently, we met for a further photo session in the New Forest to capture some more portraits of the band which can be seen below.

I used Kodak TriX 400 film for all of these images and a variety of cameras…

Studio and show – Nikon F3 with 35mm f2 ais
Rooftop portraits – Mamiya RZ67 with 80mm 3.5
New Forest portraits – Rolleiflex 2.8D (A fitting choice being a camera made in 1955)

If you can get along to a show then you really must. From stomping, driving rock n roll to beautiful harmonies and soulful blues. Dodge shows really are a delight. Failing that check out their albums, the aforementioned Drive Train and their earlier works Louisa and the Devil and The Sun Set.