Live Review: Cancer Bats @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – October 11, 2019

20 Nov

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I was lucky enough to witness Canada’s Cancer Bats in action back sometime around 2013 and was struck by the band’s intensity and obvious enjoyment with what they were doing. That was a Sidewave at Sydney’s Hi-Fi Bar supporting Bullet for My Valentine – which in this reviewer’s mind was a bit of an odd pairing, but whatever…

Seeing the band tonight in the Cambridge Hotel‘s diminutive pressure-cooker of a front room seemed to amplify the intensity of the band’s performance. With no photo pit, I was shooting from the mosh – experiencing the effect they were having on the audience first hand. The band tore up the stage with a set list bursting with tracks from just about their entire back catalogue, with highlights including ‘Sorceress’ and ‘Hail Destroyer’ from the album of the same name and ‘Gatekeeper’ and ‘Space and Time’ from latest album ‘The Spark That Moves’.

As a band not known for their five-minute-plus prog epics, they move through their 15-song set list rapid fire, broken up with witty banter from frontman Liam Cormier, including some classic Aussie piss-taking that the crowd laps up, despite being the brunt of the jokes. All in all, a great way to spend a rainy night in Newcastle.

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Cancer Bats @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle - October 11, 2019
Cancer Bats @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle - October 11, 2019
Cancer Bats @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle - October 11, 2019
Cancer Bats @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle - October 11, 2019

Feature Car: Tomi Vatavuk’s 1974 Ford XB Falcon

20 Nov

If there’s a nicer XB Ford Falcon out there, I certainly haven’t photographed it! I got to photograph Tomi’s incredible ‘SOKOL’ Falcon sedan for the October issue of Street Machine. Perhaps the best thing about the XB – which includes a custom rear splitter/air dam, smoothed engine bay and plethora of custom billet and carbon fibre pieces – is that Tomi was able to do a lot of the build himself!

On top of being able to hang out with such a nice car, and a nice owner (who also happened to play guitar and like heavy music!), was being able to shoot the car in such a clean workshop. I personally have never seen such a clean work space. Especially given that besides handling custom work, it also serves as a regular servicing workshop. Look at that floor!

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Tomi Vatavuk's 1974 Ford XB Falcon
Tomi Vatavuk's 1974 Ford XB Falcon
Tomi Vatavuk's 1974 Ford XB Falcon

Cover Car: Joe Tyler’s 1964 EH Holden Wagon

29 Oct

I was presented with a fresh challenge for this photo shoot on Joe Tyler’s – one that I’d been meaning to do more of for years: car-to-car tracking shots. The brief was to capture the balls-out, blown 416ci LS3-powered ’64 wagon on the street for the front cover of Street Machine. A ton of research on locations, technique and a borrowed lens with image stabilisation later and this is the result. The car appeared on the front of the October 2019 issue.

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Joe Tyler's 1964 EH Holden Wagon
Joe Tyler's 1964 EH Holden Wagon
Joe Tyler's 1964 EH Holden Wagon

Cover Car: Fabion Corio’s 1962 VW Karmann Ghia

24 Oct

My photo shoot on Fabion Corio’s pristine 1962 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia was featured on the front cover of the latest issue of VW Magazine Australia, which is still on sale now. Powered by a 1776cc engine with twin Kadron carbs and custom manifolds, the car sits nice and low and looked beautiful as the sun went down during our shoot on Sydney’s south-eastern shores.

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Fabion Corio's 1962 VW Karmann Ghia
Fabion Corio's 1962 VW Karmann Ghia
Fabion Corio's 1962 VW Karmann Ghia

Feature Car: Jason Pellett’s Holden HT Kingswood

22 Oct

Jason Pellett built this pristine 1970 HT Holden Kingswood as a tribute to his late brother Michael. Powered by a 308ci Holden V8 within a clinically clean engine bay, the clean black and white theme is carried throughout the car, which is a great cruiser for Jason, his wife Ashley and twin boys. It was featured in the September 2019 issue of Street Machine.

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Jason Pellett's Holden HT Kingswood
Jason Pellett's Holden HT Kingswood
Jason Pellett's Holden HT Kingswood

Feature Car: Webby’s Speed Shop 1936 Ford

09 Oct

Webby’s Speed Shop in Newcastle crafts incredible, truly bespoke custom rods. Basically a one-man operation, Tony Webster’s latest creation is a reworking of his own work truck. Formerly a monstrous blown Hemi-powered rat rod, the ’36 Ford is now the epitome of class and sophistication and my photo shoot on it was featured in the 22nd August 2019 edition of Just Cars.

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Webby's Speed Shop 1936 Ford
Webby's Speed Shop 1936 Ford
Webby's Speed Shop 1936 Ford

Feature Car: Gary Taylor’s 1965 Ford XP Falcon

04 Oct

This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this silver XP Ford Falcon. I previously shot the car for Street Fords magazine when old owner Andrew owned the car. Today, the car is owned by Gary Taylor and he’s spent plenty of time tidying it up and putting his own stamp on it. This photo shoot featured in the September issue of Street Machine.

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Gary Taylor's 1965 Ford XP Falcon
Gary Taylor's 1965 Ford XP Falcon
Gary Taylor's 1965 Ford XP Falcon

Feature Car: V Resto Garage 1971 Ford XY Falcon

02 Oct

The latest monster Falcon to leave the V Resto Garage workshop is this 438ci, 8/71-blown beast that I photographed for the September issue of Street Machine. With 934hp on tap, it’s no slouch for a street car!

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V Resto Garage 1971 Ford XY Falcon
V Resto Garage 1971 Ford XY Falcon
V Resto Garage 1971 Ford XY Falcon

Cover Car: Mario Ciarrocchi’s VH Valiant Charger

18 Sep

I had the pleasure of visiting the Hills & Co workshop in Taree NSW, for the first time in a few years to photograph Mario Ciarrocchi’s incredible elite-level VH Valiant Charger for the front cover of Street Machine. Powered by a 540 big-block and boasting all the modern electrical wonders you could imagine (including a CANBUS system), this car is on another planet in terms of custom car building.

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Mario Ciarrocchi's VH Valiant Charger
Mario Ciarrocchi's VH Valiant Charger
Mario Ciarrocchi's VH Valiant Charger

Feature Car: Jarrad Rogers’ Holden LH G-Pak Torana

27 Aug

My shoot on Jarrad Rogers’ blown Holden 308ci-powered LH G-Pak Torana appeared in the August 2019 issue of Street Machine. I got to shoot it in one of my favourite locations on the mid-north coast of NSW, too! There aren’t many places like this left standing.

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Jarrad Rogers' Holden LH G-Pak Torana
Jarrad Rogers' Holden LH G-Pak Torana
Jarrad Rogers' Holden LH G-Pak Torana