The Sweet Apes - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Tour (Brisbane)
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to ride with The Sweet Apes for their RJA east coast shows (Brisbane, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne).
I flew to Brisbane on the 7th of November to meet the band. I was a bit worried as this was the first time travelling with my full promo kit in a hard case. I got it on the plane no worries, and it fit in the van also. Nice.
So we got to the venue (Hifi Brisbane) wayyyy too early for load in. Total non rock star move. So we mucked around and took some photos, got a bite to eat bumped in.
First of all this venue was tightttt. Very similar to the Hifi in Melbourne, it’s a good sized staged with a proper lighting right, high ceiling and everything. A real joy to shoot. My only regret is that I didn’t take more pictures. Being the first time shooting the band, I spent a lot of time videoing and learning the set so I could write my own mental setlist of what to shoot for the rest of the tour.
It was a long wait until 9pm and but 8:30 the nervous energy was running high. First show of the tour, we were still meeting everyone on the crew and the band was really keen to make a good impression.
Anyway the band nailed it like they always do and I did my thing too. Caleb the tour lighting guy was nice enough to let me stick a flash on a lightstand at the lighting desk so I could backlight the crowd (elmakias style) and I made sure to get heaps of pics from behind that show off how cool the crowd and venue was!
After the show we hung around for a bit and then scored an invite back to have some beers at the apartment with the red jumpsuit guys. From their we trekked it to the after party at Snitch and ended the night with Pizza and Kebabs.
This Fiasco Unbound Tour Days 1-3
Second time on the road with these guys was just as good as the first. We drove to Sydney on the first day to Antony’s house (The Sweet Apes) where he was kind enough to let us crash yet again. Legend.
Bed early, up early and on the road to Toowoomba. Toowoomba was the best show for sure the last time round and as of yet has not failed to deliver. The venue was behind a block of shops and they had a sausage sizzle in the carpark. There is something about QLD shows that we just don’t have in melbourne. They all want to hang out and be bros all the time which I just love.
We were running tight on drive from Syd - Toowoomba (despite my great navigating skills - shortcut through the great dividing range) but unfortunately had to stop in the middle of god knows where to fix a flat. Thankfully nige and lachie are pretty blokey and know how to do car stuff because I sure don’t. Where we fell down however was in the brute force department as the wheels had been machine on too tightly for any normal human to remove. Lucky for us, some hefty true blue aussie bogans with shaved heads and Toohey’s Old longnecks in hand rolled up in their four door ute and gave it a bit of what for. After about half an hour of fun and games we were back on four wheels and the great open road.
Due to our journey running late we missed the first couple of bands which is always a bummer. I was lucky enough to catch the end of Hope in Hand a reasonably new group from the Goldcoast. Wowzers, they will be doing some big things in future I have no doubt. They seemed genuinely really stoked to be playing shows and meeting new people which was a real joy to see. They are managed by the lovely Kirsten who is in the picture above getting love from Troy. Can’t wait to see where she takes them.
As you can probably tell from the above pictures, TF nailed like they do every show. They are so on their game these days and Toowoomba for the second time meant that there were kids who were already familiar with their songs and show.
After the show we hung around and chatted a bit with the other bands. I had organised to squeeze in a quick promo session with Of Frail Wings which I’m pretty pleased with. We then packed up and went to maccas before crashing at Benny Cosson’s magical man cave just out of Brisbane.
A few weeks ago I hit the road again and did a weekend in Sydney with Brighter at Night. It was their first interstate trip and overall a big success.
We drove up on Friday morning leaving at around silly o’clock (3:30am) to be in Syd by Friday evening. Was nice to have the first night to relax and enjoy some food and nice company.
The Saturday involved a daytime show at a venue called The Brewhouse I believe. From the first act (acoustic duo) management were complaining that the show was too loud. The show ended when management shut it down due to being too loud. It was a bittersweet rockstar sort of things because on one hand being able to say that you play loud enough to shut down a show is pretty fly but when the band afterwards has to pack up and go home without playing that kind of sucks.
Despite all of this, the show was pretty good. We went home for food and a quick change and on to the next show at SFX.
This place was eclectic to say the least.. different floors seemed to have different events happening and there was a mix of people that would have otherwise never shared a room (think of night club meets hardcore show meets raving pants). Brighter at Night killed as usual and What it’s Worth brought the house down afterwards with some rad singalongs! Highly recommend these guys, their shows are really a lot of fun and really easy to get into to.
Overall was party of a weekend, half the crew stayed out until the wee hours of the morning whilst the rest of us got to bed at a reasonable time to be fresh for the drive home.
Hopefully the first of many!
To The Gallows Promo 2013
Anonymous asked: Hey man, I'm a huge fan of your long legs. In other news, you might wish to consider adding a /br/ or two to the top of your page, as posts sit very high when viewed on the page - especially relevant to text posts. Buenos nochés
thanks for the advice :)
zacmonty asked: Hey man, I'm a huge fan of your photography and your lighting set up break downs, as well as videos have helped me immensely. I was just wondering if you only shoot with the d7000? If you do have you considered moving to full-frame, or do you prefer cropped? Take it easy :)
Thanks so much dude, really kind of you! It’s great to have some feedback on the posts/videos because I’ve neglected this blog due to the underwhelming response haha. Yep I only shoot a d7000 at the moment. I’m definitely considering an upgrade in the future, but at the moment it does everyone I need it to do so I can’t complain :)
Danger! Earthquake! are a sick new band that plays electronic post hardcore. They have an ep coming out which is pretty much completely different to any local band that I know.
I spent a week with them in Sydney in June at Electric sun studios and made a series of videos which will be arriving in the lead up to their first single.
Click the link above to see the video if you’re into that sort of stuff.
I’m using today to catch up on all the personal projects I’ve fallen behind on. When I go to shows it’s hard not to bring my camera but sometimes I need to learn when not to shoot. People expect to see the pictures instantly but sometimes I just don’t have the time, especially working around paid jobs which obviously come first. I realise I’ve neglected this blog a bit but there are heaps of concert pics coming including Brighter at Night, Tonight Alive, Alesana and heaps of This Fiasco.
Belle Haven @ Wrangler Studios, Footscray
Nicole and Nigel from This Fiasco @ Toowoomba
Photo by PJ Pantelis
Hands of Hope 2013
Of Frail Wings from Toowoomba, QLD