Archive for July, 2019

Live Gallery: Take My Soul @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – July 11, 2019


26 Jul

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Take My Soul @ Cambridge Hotel - July 11, 2019

I went along on July 11 to watch Take My Soul headline a show at Newcastle’s Cambridge Hotel, supported by Father Deer Hands, PSTCRDS and Some Heard Trouble.

Take My Soul @ Cambridge Hotel - July 11, 2019
Take My Soul @ Cambridge Hotel - July 11, 2019
Take My Soul @ Cambridge Hotel - July 11, 2019

Feature Car: Angus’ 604ci Ford Falcon GT


25 Jul

My photo shoot and feature story on this brutal, yet refined 604ci Ford Falcon GT clone appeared in the July 2019 issue of Street Machine magazine. The bodywork and brilliant electric blue metallic paint had to be seen in person to really understand how flawless it was. A gorgeous car, for sure!

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Angus Pirotta's 604ci Ford Falcon GT
Angus Pirotta's 604ci Ford Falcon GT
Angus Pirotta's 604ci Ford Falcon GT

The Tea Party @ NEX, Newcastle – June 26, 2019


18 Jul

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The Tea Party @ NEX, Newcastle - June 26, 2019

I’m ashamed to admit it, but this was actually the first time I’d seen The Tea Party live. I’d been into their music since the 1990s and had seen one of Jeff Martin’s incredible solo shows way back in 2010 at Sydney’s The Basement. But I’d never been able to see The Tea Party.

Tonight, I was in for a real treat.

The Tea Party @ NEX, Newcastle - June 26, 2019

The night was opened by local Newcastle ‘Alternative Punk’ four-piece Linear. What lucky little sods they were. While the crowd was still pretty thin for their performance, opening for such an established and respected international group is no small honour.

Linear’s songs were pretty solid and the musicianship was strong, too. However, the vocals let the band down and I’m sure that more than a few punters were left wondering why another of the countless hyper-talented local outfits weren’t chosen in their place.

The Tea Party @ NEX, Newcastle - June 26, 2019

By the time The Tea Party took to the stage a little after 9pm, the NEX Theatre (still quite large despite the flanks being curtained off) had finally filled substantially. Opening with ‘The River’ from Splendor Solis, the band worked its way through a career-defining set that included tracks like ‘The Bazaar’, ‘Psychopomp’, ‘Save Me’, ‘Temptation’ and ‘Sister Awake’. They even managed to squeeze a faithful cover of U2’s ‘With or Without You’ right in the middle of ‘Heaven’s Coming Down’.

The Tea Party @ NEX, Newcastle - June 26, 2019

Despite the years, and Martin’s prodigious and prolific career, his rich baritone roar has lost none of its impact and intensity. He stalks the stage with the swagger of someone who’s been doing it all his life, part Jim Morrison, even larger part Jimmy Page. Yet (and despite the violin bow and double-neck Gibson SG usage) it never feels like pastiche. Martin has made it all part of his DNA and his performance is certainly a large part of the success of tonight’s show (and we’d bet, any Tea Party show).

The Tea Party @ NEX, Newcastle - June 26, 2019

Bassist Stuart Chatwood is pretty restrained on stage. At times switching between bass and a few keyboards and pedals. Drummer Jeff Burrows, complete with Mod hairdo and endlessly chewing gum, is a dynamo on the kit and propels the Tea Party juggernaut ever onward.

The Tea Party @ NEX, Newcastle - June 26, 2019

Together, they make a hell of a racket for a three piece and tonight’s performance does nothing but cement their place in rock history and Australia’s heart. The Canadian band has always done well over here and if the new tracks they played tonight are anything to go by, they will continue to do so for some time to come.

Be sure to keep an eye out for tour dates in 2020 when the band tours on the back of its 30th anniversary.

Born of Osiris + Chelsea Grin @ Newcastle Hotel – June 23, 2019


09 Jul
Born of Osiris + Chelsea Grin @ Newcastle Hotel - June 23, 2019

It might have been a chilly, wet Sunday night outside, but within the cosy confines of the recently-rebranded Newcastle Hotel, piping hot modern metal was cooking up a storm. While we missed local opening act The Wandering, Taree progressive metal four-piece Diamond Construct continued their evolution from awkward teens to stage-pounding purveyors of dissonant chords and brutal breakdowns. Their latest release is garnering them some deserved attention and tonight’s almost-cruelly short 25-minute support slot shows they can impress even on a tight timeline.

Born of Osiris + Chelsea Grin @ Newcastle Hotel - June 23, 2019

Salt Lake City’s Chelsea Grin has darkened our shores a number of times in the past, but rarely with the same line up. The crushing deathcore four-piece has had 14 members within its ranks over the last 12 years and this tour saw new singer Tom Barber screaming his lungs dry in Australia for the first time.

Born of Osiris + Chelsea Grin @ Newcastle Hotel - June 23, 2019

While Tom is about the only member to make decent use of the small corner stage, they’re tight as hell, with drummer Pedro Viveros’ guttural vocals the perfect foil to Barber’s more razor-like fry screams. About the only downside of the performance is from a select handful of crowd members who wrongly presumed the rest of us wanted to watch them throw their limbs around the middle of the dance floor like epileptics with brain injuries. Sadly, this ridiculous, anti-social nonsense meant a large gulf was left between the front of the stage and the back where most were unwilling to risk a wayward fist or boot.

Born of Osiris + Chelsea Grin @ Newcastle Hotel - June 23, 2019

Illinois natives Born of Osiris have only managed to host nine different guys in the group over the past 16 years, and its core members have all been in it for the long haul for over 10 years. That cohesion clearly shows on stage tonight. It’s a polished display of progressive metal that boasts techy, classical flourishes over the top of bruising, tight riffage and twin vocalists Ronnie Canizaro and Joe Buras bring a real sense of urgency to the performance.

Born of Osiris + Chelsea Grin @ Newcastle Hotel - June 23, 2019

By the time the headliners took to the stage, there were no signs of the flailing-limb idiots and the dance floor was full of enthusiastic punters wanting to see the eclectic metal band perform a comprehensive set list of tracks from across its back catalogue. Guitarist lee McKinney’s axe didn’t quite cut through the mix as well as perhaps it should have, given his technical expertise, but overall the mix was thick and full and the audience lapped up every minute.

Definitely the best way to enjoy Sunday night in Newcastle this week!

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