How many times can you see a band in 1 year?

So this post comes with a little story, I hope you’re sitting down.

Back in February the incredible two day Soundwave Festival happened a few weeks before hand I was going through the lineup as I always do to see which bands I was going to see. I came across a bands called, Lower Than Atlantis and fell in love straight away. I was front row for their set at Soundwave, damn was it hot that day. I was going to go to the signing tent to go and say ‘Hi’ to them but chickened out. Instead I went and saw some random band which isn’t that hard to do at Soundwave. I left Soundwave on the Sunday night feeling like I had really got my money’s worth and cemented my love for Lower Than Atlantis completely after seeing their set earlier in the day.

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Flash forward to May this year, I went and saw Enter Shikari and was luckily surprised that Hands Like Houses supported them. I had listened to these guys a few times I own their last album so it was great to see them live. I was so impressed by their stage presence, musicianship and their beliefs for the world it really resonated well with me. It’s always great to see Australian musicians not just impacting the world with music but with positive ways to help the world.

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I then started to plan my trip overseas for the USA and UK, next thing I know Lower Than Atlantis announced a UK tour. Their last until their next album comes out and I instantly knew I had to buy tickets, so I did, to five of their shows. It’s always been a dream of mine to be able to follow a band around and see them in different places so it’s going to be a really special week travelling to Middlesbrough, Leeds, Nottingham, Bristol and Birmingham. What better way to see the sights during the day and then seeing one of my favourite British bands by night.

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So I though I had planned enough that I was going to achieve my full fix of these two bands and then Hands Like Houses announced their Australian tour, and who would support them on this tour, that’s right, Lower Than Atlantis. So on Thursday night (15th Nov) I headed out to The Brightside to see some live music and also photograph it as well. I still can’t believe that I get to do this every week. When I walked in the door to The Brightside and saw LTA’s lead singer Mike Duce it all felt real until then it just felt like any other show I photograph. But when it’s of band that you love and feel some what invested in, it all becomes more then just another gig.

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So what can I say about the show well 40 minutes is not enough time for LTA to play they have too many incredible songs that don’t fit into that time limit. But in 40 minutes I think if the audience where just there to see HLH then they left loving LTA. Each one of the guys in the band in their own right is incredibly talented. My brother said after the show ‘Their drummer is insane’ and that ‘s coming from a guy who use to be a drummer. As for Mike Duce the beautiful bearded lead singer he was in true form. Making jokes with crowd, bantering with the crowd and rocking out like a musician should. It was so great to be able to see LTA before I head overseas to see them again just to wet the pallet and make me want more.

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As for Hands Like Houses, I can not believe that these guys did not sell out the venue more people should know about them. I’m hoping with their new announcement of being signed to UNFD that more people will pay more attention to them. Their set list included all of their previous released songs as well as a few newbies that made me extremely excited to hear the new album. They seem to be a little bit heavier then previous songs but will fit in well with their current catalogue of music.

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The night drew to an amazing close and got me thinking again why I didn’t change my flights so then I could see both bands play in LA when I’m there. But alas when both bands play in LA I will be in London seeing more live music. How many times does one person need to see a band play live in one year anyway? Well for me it will be seven times seeing LTA and I do not regret a thing. Safe travels to both bands as they head off to America in the next couple of days to start the USA leg of The Dissonants World Tour.

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For more photo’s check them out in the Live Music tab above under Hands Like Houses

If you are keen to hear more about either of these bands please go and check out their Facebook pages

Hands Like Houses

https://www.facebook.com/handslikehouses?fref=ts

Lower Than Atlantis

https://www.facebook.com/lowerthanatlantis

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Emarosa @ The Brightside

The Brightside is slowly becoming my home, before I started photographing there I had only been there twice to see Kisschasy, both times. Now it would seem every other weekend I head on out there to shoot another band be them Australian or International. I am really loving this opportunity and seeing how my photography has already over the past short nine weeks.

I got to shoot Emarosa when they were in town on the 13th of June so check out all the photo’s in my Live Music folder including support bands Awaken I Am and Take Us To Vegas.

Emarosa

https://www.facebook.com/emarosa?fref=ts

Awaken I Am 

https://www.facebook.com/AwakenIAm?fref=ts

Take Us To Vegas

https://www.facebook.com/takeustovegas?fref=ts

The Getaway Plan @ The Brightside

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The Getaway Plan, Gatherer and Freeds @ The Brightside 5th June 2015

On the 5th of June I had the opportunity to photograph another one of my favorite Australian bands, The Getaway Plan. What I didn’t realise was that I was going to come across two amazing up and coming Australian bands as well, Gatherer and Freeds.

For more photo’s check them out in Live Music Photography Tab

Please check out all three of these bands and support Australian music.

The Getaway Plan will be releasing their new album ‘Dark Horses’ on the 3rd of July.

http://www.thegetawayplan.com/

https://www.facebook.com/thegetawayplan?fref=ts

Gatherer

https://www.facebook.com/GathererNZ?fref=ts

Freeds

https://www.facebook.com/freedsmusic?fref=ts

The Delta Riggs & Harts @ The Brightside

When I saw that The Delta Riggs and Harts were playing at The Brightside a few weeks ago I knew straight away I wanted to photograph the gig. I feel like I have known who The Delta Riggs are for many years now. I have volunteered at Big Sound Live (a music industry gathering in Brisbane Australia) for about four or five years now, and I have seen these guys wandering around in their band jackets. Yes they have jackets with their band name on them, they look awesome and I kind of want one!  Even though these guys have been on my radar for many years now I only heard their music for the first time this year when they supported Foo Fighters at Suncorp Stadium. The moment I heard them play all I could think was why had it taken me this long to listen to them. The Delta Riggs are a band that in my opinion are making music that no other Australian band is. Their live shows are exciting and insanely enjoyable, I had trouble photographing them due to just wanting to dance the whole night.

Harts on the other hand who is a one man band, I discovered through Interning at Universal. Darren Hart (Harts) was signed to Universal for a split moment and toured Australia on the release of his EP ‘Offtime’. I was lucky enough to go on a promo day with him and my promo manager. Not long after all of this Harts became an independent artist and released a full length album ‘Daydreamer’ and by the looks of it hasn’t looked back. Seeing Harts live for the first time with absolutely incredible this is a guy who will put any guitar player to shame. He just blows you away with his incredible talent and music. I am super excited that Harts will be embarking on his own tour in July in support of his new EP ‘Breakthrough’ due out soon.

If you’re looking for new Australian music then these two bands are definitely a place to start.

To find out more information about The Delta Riggs and Harts check out their Facebook and Websites here…

The Delta Riggs

https://www.facebook.com/thedeltariggs?fref=ts

http://www.thedeltariggs.com/

Harts

https://www.facebook.com/Hartsmusic?fref=ts

http://www.hartsmusic.com/

For more pictures from this gig check out the Live Music Tab

Lastly a big thanks to these guys for letting me stand in front of them while photographing Harts 🙂
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Andy Bull @ The Brightside

When I was interning at Universal Music, I was told by my Promotion’s Manager Jules that if I ever got the chance to see Andy Bull, to make sure I went. I never had the opportunity two years ago but this year I did and Jules you were right. The moment Bull walks onto the stage who can tell the kind of guy he is. With a big grin on his face he says ‘Hi’ to all his fans at The Brightside followed by high fives to the people in the front row. As the last show/tour for his latest release ‘Sea Of Approval’ you can only expect that Bull is excited to be playing these shows as well as being able to start a new chapter once the tour is over. The show was amazing and the crowd loved it but it did seem like they were all waiting for that number one song, ‘Keep On Running’, it was yelled out many times as requests. Andy was smart though and made them wait right till the end and played it as the encore.

I am excited to see what come next for Andy Bull after such a successful album ‘Sea Of Approval’ things can only keep going up for him.

To find out more about Andy Bull check out…

http://www.andybull.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/AndyBullMusic

More Photos in Live Music Photography tab

Photographing My First Live Band – Citizen

On Friday, 24 April 2015 I had the opportunity to photograph a band I discovered through Neil Westfall called Citizen, some of you may know him as the guitarist of A Day To Remember. He posted on Instagram some time last year that he was listening to them and I was intrigued by who this band were. On first listen I was hooked, there was something about Citizen’s lyrics that felt familiar like they were some what singing things that I had experienced. I listen to a lot of music and am in love with so many musicians but hearing Citizen felt different. Maybe it was just that time of the year where there was a bit of a slump in music, and this was my pick me up. What ever it was I immediately wanted to hear every song these guys had released after first listen.

This is why it was such a pleasure to be able to photograph at The Brightside, Brisbane on Friday. Honestly I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, I go to concerts all the time but Citizen’s show was insane. The Brightside’s a small venue as it is so it filled up very quickly and then Citizen came on the stage and their fans went crazy. Once the moshing starts you know what’s next to come, crowd surfing, and it didn’t stop the whole show. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared for my camera’s life, but we survived.

Citizen put on an incredible show and you could tell they were having a really good time. If their Brisbane 18+ show says anything about their fans here in Australia, it’s that we love them and what they’re doing and can not wait for them to come back.

Today 27th April 2015, Citizen announced the release of their 2nd Full Length Album, “Everybody Is Going To Heaven”. Released on June 23rd via Run For Cover Records.

To find out more about Citizen check out –
http://citizentheband.net/

https://www.facebook.com/Citizentheband

More Photo’s from the night in ‘Live Music Photography’ tab