Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I own a camera ...

Sometimes I take photos. I thought I would post a few of them up here.

The Amity Affliction
Hype Central - September 2007

Jungle Fever
Come Together Festival, Luna Park - June 2007

He Is Legend
Manning Bar - September 2007

The Matches
Easter Show - April 2007

Against Me
Come Together Festival, Luna Park - June 2007

The Amity Affliction
Boomtown Showdown, Manning Bar - November 2007

Manning Bar - October 2007

Me vs You
Bull and Bush - May 2007

Darkest Hour
Come Together Festival, Luna Park - June 2007

Every Time I Die
Come Together Festival, Luna Park - June 2007

Norma Jean
Come Together Festival, Luna Park - June 2007

Dear Life
Excelsior Hotel - August 2007

Come Together Festival, Luna Park - June 2007

Manning Bar - October 2007

The Falls End
Bull and Bush - August 2007

Nikki Kummerow
Hills Heist - September 2007

Empire Hotel - November 2007

Manning Bar - July 2007

Me vs You
Gaelic Club - October 2007

Billy Talent
The Metro - May 2007

The Matches
Easter Show - April 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

We want the airwaves back ...

I'm procrastinating.

I have exams this week that I should be studying for, but to be honest I would much rather be doing one of the twelve writing assignments I have due, organising stuff for my own magazine, and looking for a real job with a real magazine that will actually pay me for my work.

One day ...

In the meantime, I've decided to let you all get to know me a little better by posting a blog about some of my favourite music ever. Music is my life. These bands are my life. Read, enjoy, maybe learn something about me.

At the Drive-In: They are the band that changed the way that I listen to music and what I listen too. After Relationship of Command Came Out it was all I listened to for about four months after. Everything about it is completely perfect, honest and absolutely raw and emotional. Until that point I had never heard anything like it at all in my life. It opened the floodgate for me to a whole new world of music.

Glassjaw: I have so much respect for Darryl Palumbo as an artist and a person. I will never forget the first time that I heard Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence. That record is probably one of the most emotional and hateful albums I have ever heard. You can hear the disappointment, rage and hate dripping from his voice. I thank Ned every time I listen to this album for introducing me to it.

Converge: My introduction to punk and hardcore was from more of a metal background, so I had always been exposed to heavy music. But the first time that I heard a Converge album (I believe it was You Fail Me) was a completely different type of heavy. They challenge you and repulse you while you listen, yet at the same time draw you in as you try and sit there and decipher the layers within their music.

Refused: This band is EASILY in my top 5 bands of all time, and basically because of one album. The Shape of Punk to Come revolutionised the way that the post-hardcore scene and its music developed. Considering that this album was released in 1997, it was incredibly ahead of its time. If you haven't heard it you need to crawl out from under your rock, go to your nearest record store and buy it. In 1997 they were very much overlooked as a hardcore band because they made an album that was a giant "Fuck You!" to the hardcore establishment. I mean, who puts samples in hardcore? Seriously! "New Noise" will be played at every single momentous occasion in my life ... Just so you know.

The Dillinger Escape Plan: This is a group of incredibly accomplished musicians and incredible entertainers. They are insane in terms of both their skill, the music they produce and just their general personalities. I mean, their lead singer thinks nothing of running over the heads of a crowd, breathing fire, punching kids in the head ... They will drive continuously from New Jersey to L.A. ... And I love them for each and every one of these reasons. There is no band like them on earth. I look forward to the day when I will get to interview them and pick their brains to pieces to find out what makes them tick. They intrigue me and repulse me and I love them. Ire Works is the BEST album to come out in 2007. It is the perfect combination of classic Dillinger and something new and interesting that they're possibly evolving into.

Alexisonfire: Is perhaps the most beautiful sounding band ever. And no, it is not just because I want to marry Dallas Green. Their albums are layered. There is the perfect mixture of heavy riffs and gorgeous meandering melodies. The balance between George's screams, Wade's rough edged singing, and Dallas' amazing voice that croons and floats along makes every single hair on my body stand on end and it just makes me incredibly happy! =]

Are my favourite band ever! No seriously ... they are. From the first time that I heard OK Computer right up until today and the weird release of inRainbows, everything they have done has been completely perfect to me. They have been there for every momentous occasion in my teen/adult life and probably will continue to be. No song sounds the same. No album sounds entirely the same. They are the masters of reinvention. They are probably the smartest musicians alive. I love them.