Saturday, January 21, 2012

wolfy and the bat cubs...

Fitzroy. Where the guy hops out of the cab, lights a ciggy and checks his hair while his girlfriend pays. I had a bit of time to walk around while waiting for the doors to open. Had a coffee. Had another walk while still waiting for the doors to open. I'm not a nerd. The first band was supposed to start at 9.

Anyway, LuWOW is a bar in Fitzroy that's very... teak. It's awesome - my old boss in NZ would have a heart attack if he saw this place.

First band (The Sheriffs) were first up. The music was good - but I wasn't feeling it, photographically speaking. so. no. photos. for you.

Next up we had a three piece punk outfit, called The Spazzys, all ladies playing some nice punk, I don't really like punk, but their guitars were in tune so they basically ruled for about 40 minutes - worth a look or listen fersure.

Wolfy and the Bat Cubs were releasing their debut EP. They were kinda, um, indie-space-psycho-retro-grind music? I just made that up. They were good! I liked 'em.


Shot for the AU Review - see the set here.

See the whole selection here (when I get back from holiday and put them on flickr)

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Wolfy and the Bat Cubs (c) Michael Christian 2012

The Spazzys (c) Michael Christian 2012

The Spazzys (c) Michael Christian 2012

Wolfy and the Bat Cubs (c) Michael Christian 2012

Wolfy and the Bat Cubs (c) Michael Christian 2012

Wolfy and the Bat Cubs (c) Michael Christian 2012

Some music for you!

  Forgive Me by wolfyandthebatcubs

  Spazzys - I Wanna Cut My Hair Like Marky Ramone by hollyfotografias

  THE SHERIFFS - Sundance Romance - 01 Your Horse Is Dead by The Sheriffs

UPDATE! video from the gig just came available:

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Bob Log Experience

I had asked the AU Review to request shooting this show for me, which they did but we got no reply. I was pretty keen to see this guy so thought I'd go anyway (and pay for a ticket. yes. pay) I also thought that I'd take my camera along too, and see how I go getting it in... So with a short black and a can of V in me, I was off to the Northcote Social Club (by myself - BOOO) Getting the camera in was sweet as, which is kinda annoying because I only took the 50D with a 50mm f1.8 lens on it in case I had to put it in the car, the 50mm on a crop body is a little too much zoomed in for me.

Anyway, I was also keen to see the support The Dad Horse Experience, after seeing a cool song on You Tube (see below). He was great, this was an evening of one man bands and it's interesting how they include the gaps between the songs to win over the audience (as well as the actual songs) I guess with no band standing there there is no need to move quickly from song to song.

Bob Log III has a song called Clap Your Tits (also see below), and that's the song that made me want to request to shoot this gig, anyone with a song called clap Your Tits deserves to be covered in every city they tour.

From his website: Bob Log III is an American, Slide Guitar, One Man Band. During performances, he plays old silvertone archtop guitars, wears a full body cannonball man suit, and a helmet wired to a telephone which allows him to devote his hands and feet to guitar and drums. The spectacle has been described as a guitar dance party, full of sweaty smiles, jumps and kicks. Touring over 150 shows a year in more than 30 countries, Log and his guitar never, ever quit. Bob Log's version of quick Delta blues is a continuation the sound that Bob Log and Thermos pioneered in the duo, Doo Rag. The major differences are: greater emphasis on guitar showmanship, and drumming -one man band style-with his feet. It sounds like three drummers, two guitar players, and one sort of singer. Based in Tucson, Arizona, and Melbourne, Australia, he has made frequent tours of North America, Europe, Japan and Australia, Mexico, and Iceland.

Anyway, on to the photos!

See them all here

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Bob Log III (c) Michael Christian 2012

The Dad Horse Experience (c) Michael Christian 2012

Bob Log III (c) Michael Christian 2012

Bob Log III (c) Michael Christian 2012

Bob Log III (c) Michael Christian 2012

Bob Log III (c) Michael Christian 2012

I shot this video - it's a bit distorted, but not too unlike how it was sounding: