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Lakes and Fabulous Diamonds @ The Bella Union

These are some photos I took at the album launch of a band called Lakes, releasing their LP Winter’s Blade at the Bella Union. From what I’ve read and heard live, it should be a really good album but I would never know because it’s on vinyl and it doesn’t happen to be the fucking 1950’s anymore. There are remnants of early Jesus & Mary Chain drumming and vocals that could be compared to the Tibetan Chant doom style of Om, and all over some pretty dark guitar work interspersed with elements of Voice of the Seven Thunders-esque distortion infused folk. Supporting were Melbourne favourites Fabulous Diamonds.

 

 

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Wim at the Palace Theatre

It’s not often I get asked to photograph a band at a venue like The Palace, so when I got the call it didn’t take me long to grab my stuff and get down there. I’d seen the video for their single, and I knew that they’d recently been picked up by Modular, but that was about it before this show on Friday night. When frontman Martin Soloman came on minutes after I arrived, he effortlessly began charming the young Melbourne crowd and the band slowly built up to their atmospheric mood pop sound . We won’t mention how the headline act Gypsy & The Cat were an indigestible pile of shit, but without giving too much away it was definitely Wim’s night. Good choice Pav. Here they are at their recent show in Melbourne..

 

 

 

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Dandenong Ranges Weekend


I went out to the Dandenong Ranges a few weekes ago because my friends monty and maddi were housesitting out there. We’re talking end of the Belgrave line and beyond. The Dandenong ranges are practically the same as the Power Rangers. Awesome. The house had fuck loads of bonsais and anyone worth talking to would tell you that bonsais are the best ones when it comes to trees.

I cut up some wood and we had a fire. We drank cocktails and I think mine was the best. That was the general consensus circulating at the time anyway. There were some great french people there too. They were watching Breaking Bad when I got there but then I’m pretty sure we went on an exploration to a garage sale in none too much time after that. I got a wooden box and a candle and a lipstick case for emilia which she absolutely loved. I also got the candle for her but she loved it so much she let me keep it.

We also played golf, and we got an electric buggy and hooned around the course doing good jumps and flips in it. Monty was ok at driving it but without giving too much away I think we all know who the professor was in this little lecture hey monty..

These are the goods..

 

 

 

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Siberian Nights MMC Closing Party

The Melbourne Metal Collective had a killer fun party with free vodka on Saturday and I was asked to take photos for the night with the trusty F3. Everyone got sufficiently drunk sufficiently fast and got their enjoyment levels maxed out.

To call the earthlings from the smoking planet known as outside, The Electric Smile Band played half an hour of mystic what-the-fuck dressed as chinese laundry closets wearing Allstars. The earthlings were called and the karaoke began. It featured members of the Midnight Juggernauts and Children Collide playing a mixture of legendary pop songs. There were B grade celebs galore and I’m pretty sure everyone went home with a smile on their dial and a body full of that vodka that no one can remember the name of..Fucking good night, here I present the photos..

 

 

 

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Brunswick Street Gallery PICTURE THIS exhibition

I was lucky enough to be selected for this years PICTURE THIS competition at the Brunswick Street Gallery. The prize pool is $10,000 and they’ll be announcing the winners and the prizes on the night of the opening. It’s all happening Friday 15th April from 6-8pm right across the tram tracks from Souvlaki King and Bar Open. Technical address 322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. All the good things will be there including good haircuts, beer, little shoes, wine, existential conversation and solid art. If that’s not enough, you’ll get to see this pearler in full flesh and glory…

 

Byron Bay

I took an aeroplane to this place and these are the people I saw and the the things I saw.

 

 

Emilia and spanaz organising some local sunburn and thinking of coronas and fish and chips. A few days later we sat here and watched a 180KG mum hit the bundies at 10am as topless as the swedish backpackers down the beach. A younger guy walks over to meet her and says “you got your tits out again mum!’ and she replies with the profound explanation ‘it’s a free country isn’t it, that’s why I got my southern cross tattoo’. They were moving on that day. This photo below is taken by Josh Pringle.

 

J Pringle midway through one of his trademark burritos. Absolute endorsement of ozymex. Word is he even got big MP on them later. MP automatic appreciator. Then we all went to Minyon falls in the Hammer-&-Hand-mobile where we swam the shit out of the base of a waterfall. Then a huge eel came along and some of the others got scared, I stayed calm and built a crossbow which was later used to kill an off-course grizzly bear which was looking for eels so that was a good day.

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Parading and Bum Creek

Melodic dreamdrone masters Parading had their album launch with experimental synth lords Bum Creek supporting. The album’s out through Melbourne based Z-Man Records and the album is fucking good so go get it. It features crowd favourite Where are you taking us with hypnotic baratone vocals effortlessly floating over Pete Bain-esque bass runs.

 

Parading

 

 

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Some bands at Old Bar

With the well gelled and the clean shoed, there’s still some godliness left in the Old Bar when you look hard enough. These were a couple of gigs I went to recently that I managed to get a few photos of amongst the swillers and the tippers.

Rentboy; also known as That Guy Dan Cross The Infamous, playing top ten club traxx to all the melancholic heart pluckers in the audience

 

Back from Japan, Thrall are playing in all the darkest venues that don’t have sleeping neighbours. Black metal, really worth checking out. You can see their video here

 

Thrall also