From the Archives: Jared Souney

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One of the main things I noticed when I first started leafing through riding magazines back in the glory days of WHSmiths was that a disproportionately high percentage of the people involved had exotic names. Taj Mihelich? Leif Valin? Eben Krackau? Growing up in the North West of England, at a time when everyone was either called Sean, Dave or Keith, this lot sounded more like characters from a Channel 5 sci-fi film than anyone you’d find riding a three-set round the back of a Farmfoods.

Even the photographers had cool names, and along with Rob Dolecki and Jeff Zielinski, Jared Souney was definitely up there in the rare moniker stakes. Perhaps more importantly, he also took some mighty-fine photographs. Shooting first for his own magazine, Nine-Ninety, and then for ‘the big three’ back in the heyday of the printed page, he captured a wide spectrum of riding in a highly-skilled mannerwithout sacrificing that all-important raw edge.

Now based in Portland, he still takes photos today, as well as riding, doing design work, making jackets and seemingly everything else. Here are a few chunks of visual gold from his archive…

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An Interview with Jake Frost

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This interview was first published in the last issue of Red Steps, but seeing as people have seemingly got a bit of extra time on their hands at the minute, here it is in digital form…

English riders trekking over the pond in search of cheap pizza slices and decent spots is nothing new, but not many of our American compadres are scouring Sky Scanner in search of cheap flights to our damp island. Even less make the trip away from London’s glossy grasp to sample the sights and scents of northern England.

That said, for some bizarre reason Boston grind-tactician and all-round pleasant chap Jake Frost recently decided to make the voyage up to the city of Manchester.

He rode a bit, he visited Salford Lad’s Club and he dined out at that notorious Manchester eatery… Tim Horton’s.

Here’s an interview with him about his trip, his thoughts on riding and his work as a bike courier.

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Monthly Web Scour #9

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Here’s another quick dredge through the muck and mire of the world-wide information super-highway. Spike Jonze Parisian tranny-tuck hoiked from Chris Hamer’s Instagram.

First things first, most podcasts are pretty painful to listen to… but that said, this one that Bob Scerbo did with Vinnie Sammon a few years ago is pure gold and mentions some very important subjects. For a quick summary, Vinnie describes Texas as “the most swagless State,” crates of Red Bull are an effective form of currency and the Sunday griddle-frame was designed for a problem which never existed.

Talking of Texas, Bob also just finished this new video for Empire. Luckily Hamilton ups the swag levels courtesy of some textbook Columbus cruising in a striped polo shirt.

Meanwhile, in Yorkshire… RUDESTAR 2.25 is another potent blend of riding, skating and pretty much everything else from Jambul, whilst Merge is a quick promo for a new one Fathead is putting together.

Here’s a very short trailer for a new video that Tim Evans is making.

Early street pioneer turned DJ Craig Campbell has been digging up some mint old photos from the late 80s and early 90s. 

From a similar era, Smart People in a Car Crash is a pretty intense slice of audio/visual headachery that’s recently been uploaded to the net. Made by David Slade (who later went on to direct episodes of Breaking Bad… and a Twilight film), it’s sort of like the two-wheeled, UK version of Alien Workshop’s Memory Screen. Actually, that might be a bit of a bold statement as Memory Screen is perhaps one of the greatest videos ever made, and this is pretty much unwatchable. Still, it’s got some similar analogue editing flourishes, and there’s some good footage of old spots in there if you can hack the migraine-inducing effects.

Pretty Shady was a trails blog back in the mid 2000s that put out a few DIY DVDs (often with hand-made covers) which you could buy via a handy Paypal link. If you want to overthink stuff, you could say the way they were distributed was fairly similar to how most crews put out their videos today.

Anyway, I think the man behind it moved to some picturesque rural area of France and got into collecting old racer bikes (which sounds like a very nice way to spend your time), but he’s recently found time to upload the first video (albeit in a slightly confusing manner). If you enjoy jumping large wedges of dirt in a woodland environment, then you might enjoy this.

And finally, here’s another one of those quick Field Notes videos from 90East. 

What with all this lock-down malarkey, will the next few weeks see an influx of self-filmed edits and iPhones propped up on curbs? Let’s hope not…

An Interview with John Dye

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Here’s a very in-depth interview with Bicycle Union/Volt main-man John Dye about pretty much everything we could think of. Read on for substantial chat about such subjects as London in the 80s, California trails struggles, Nails in the Coffin, Jake the Snake, swanky bowls and the true definition of ‘hardcore riders’.

Modern peabrain reading conventions would suggest this 6,400 word epic should maybe have been cut down a little bit, but it’s much better having too much to read than too littleespecially in today’s lockdown era. Pour yourself a few gallons of tea and get stuck in…

Interview by Sam and Clarky. Photos by Steve Crandall, Ian Morris and a few others.

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Monthy Web Scour #8

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Here’s another belated run-down of odds and ends from around the internet that some people might find relatively interesting. Jambul NCP cruise photo by Sam.

Rude ‘En Side B is now up for all to see on Youtube. There’s far too much wild stuff in here to waste time listing everything off, but for those in a rush, Jambul’s section starts at approximately 59:00. If anyone from outside of Britain ever wondered what life was like on the damp streets of Yorkshire, this video is a pretty good representation.

This ultra-in-depth interview with Zoo York founder Eli Morgan Gesner is well worth the nine hours it’ll probably take you to read it. Always wondered why Robbie Morales cropped up in Mixtape.

Linking to Instagram posts always seems a bit strange, but this quick snippet from 90 East’s Seth Ethier is worth a watch.

There’s a fair bit of London and Bristol action in this new video from Dan Moon. That ledge that Loz tooth-picks looks like an absolute dream. Just be ready to mute Audio Bullys…

Crumbling spots… 90s hip hop… a healthy obsession with the glory days of Animal Bikes… I know that in the year 2020 stereotypes aren’t really seen as a good thing, but sometimes they’re bang-on—this video from Russia is exactly how I’d imagined street riding over there to be.

And finally… R.I.P. David Roback of Mazzy Star fame. Lino riding to ‘Be My Angel’ was just one of the many editing decisions that made All Day the undisputed greatest. This Toby Shuall part is mint too.

An Interview with Clarky about Strangeways Volume 4

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This interview was originally published last year in the fourth issue of Red Steps, but seeing as Strangeways 4 has made it’s way online, it made sense to whack this chat about the video up on the internet too. Interview and photos by Sam.

From the crippling spine-ache caused by over-stuffed Lowepro bags, to the countless solitary evenings sat in front of a computer screen mulling over colour correction, song choice and whether or not you should re-film that 180 with the mildly dodgy roll-out – filming a fully-fledged riding video is no trip to Cleveland.

And yet, time after time — like a moth to a 20 watt, shoe-mounted video light — the man known on the electoral register as Andrew Clarke finds himself making another video.

With his sixth audio-visual masterpiece finally polished off (and his seventh already under way), here’s an interview with him about filming and riding… and filming riding.

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