Entries from July 2015

Some snaps from Open House Melbourne

July 30, 2015

As promised, pictures from Open House Melbourne last week.

Day 1 was a booked tour of the Public Records Office in North Melbourne. Was super interesting to see how the government stores documents. I loved the juxtaposition between the modern facilities (see the first pic below – super shiny shelving) and the actual artifacts being stored.

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The second tour I went on was at Collingwood Town Hall… Photographs for CTH have mysterious gone missing, but here’s a consolation prize image of the police station sign at the back of Town Hall.

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Day 2 was volunteering at the absolutely stunning South Melbourne Town Hall.

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Two second shoot

July 29, 2015

Have been slightly lazy (sorry) and totally forgot about this shoot I did with Kat ages ago for Two Halves. We were only meant to take a single pic to be used for an Instagram post but we just ended up doing it from a few angles… and voila, it was a whole outfit post. Select pics below. Full post via Two Halves here.

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BIGSOUND LIVE 2015

July 29, 2015

11539580_10152487820807706_341422076180329555_nPew! Just announced today via Triple J that my band Darts will be headed to Brisbane for BIGSOUND. We found out a few weeks ago and I’ve had such a hard time not telling anyone, so there you go. Doubly excited because it’ll be my first gig in my home state of Queensland.

Also stoked that a couple of bands that I have worked with via Shock Records are also on the line-up (including Caulfield who I label manage – album drops next Friday!) plus bands that we’ve shared stages with before.

See you all in the sunshine state. BYO guitars and sunscreen.

Open House Melbourne, round two

July 27, 2015

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So stoked to have been a volunteer at Open House Melbourne again!

Was an info hub volunteer last year (pink hair, pink scarf and all) and was lucky enough to be a building volunteer this time round at the majestic South Melbourne Town Hall (pic of the front facade below, taken with my shitty camera phone). Lots of curious adventurers, a couple of grumpy folks (seriously dudes, it’s a free event) and super lovely volunteers to work with. Coincidentally, there was also a marimba competition happening at Town Hall that day, so it was sweet having live music to soundtrack the day.

I also headed down to the incredibly fascinating Public Records Office and Collingwood Town Hall. Annoyingly, I couldn’t go to any of the other places I had shortlisted (Tapestry Workshop, Freemason’s Hall, Melb Uni’s anatomy school) because they were busy and the volunteers there wouldn’t let me use the front-of-the-line perks of being a volunteer. That said, I also couldn’t be bothered being a total psycho waving my volunteer badge about.

Pics taken with my brand new lense will be up soon/when I have a spare moment to edit them.

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New toy!

July 18, 2015

IMG_20150726_144456Introducing my newest little toy! It’s an AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G, and it’s a super nice piece of glass to shoot with. I’ve been eyeing this off for some time now for doing group portraits and band press shots. Because hell, it’s a pain using the 50mm equivalent and having to stand about 20 metres away while shouting instructions at five musicians suffering from varying stages of a hangover.

Quick shot of some mandarins at an Asian fruit shop in North Melbourne. Planning on taking this to Open House Melbourne next weekend so stay tuned.

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Tour, complete!

July 7, 2015

Darts-interview-3-1024x576Darts tour, all done!

The Melbourne launch at Shadow Electric was an amazing way to start things off on home turf. We went all out and got risers for Andrew, our brass players (yes, we had a brass section) and me. I’ve never felt taller in my life. I was also super paranoid about the giant 2 metre drop immediately behind me onstage. I guess that’s what liability insurance is for. Aphra Mag wrote a little piece about it here. What legends.

Next up was Adelaide to open for Alpine… what a fucking drive.  If this was Europe, we’d be about 10 countries over. Listened to the entire Interpol and Arcade Fire back catalogues on the road (not complaining), saw the Grampians, had about 20 naps. Adelaide was gorgeous, and the Gov was an awesome venue to play at (apart from the OTT lighting onstage that totally blinded me). Alpine were mind-blowing live (proof here). The next two nights were Geelong (Ally and Angus both found some hardcore fan boys/girls in the crowd) and Ballarat (Karova Lounge, duh).

Got to sleep in my bed for one night, and then it was back into travel mode for our Sydney launch with Julia Why? and Hannah Band. Sydney’s been kind to us – we were lucky enough to have an on-air interview with Jayne Cheeseman for FBI Radio, and a hilarious chat with Shayen de Silva for Happy (legitimately one of my fave music blogs). Whisky may have been mentioned. Transcript and pics up here.

So there you go. One band, two band managers, one fiancée. Two tour buses. Three McDonald’s ‘build your taste’ vegetarian burgers. 25kg worth of gear. Next show is with Tired Lion at Shebeen on July 27, and there may be a few other exciting things in the works for later this year.

P.S. Everyone knows Alpine (hello, ARIA charting band), but if you haven’t heard of Olympia, Julia Why? or Hannah Band, you should hover your mouse somewhere around here and chuck them a listen.

P.P.S. Top image by Liam Cameron for Happy.

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