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Live Gallery and Review – Red Fang @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – May 11, 2018


30 May

Red Fang, performing at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle, Australia on May 11, 2018.

Red Fang + Drunk Mums + Black Rheno @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – Friday, May 11, 2018
Words and Pics: www.hoskingindustries.com.au

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Red Fang, performing at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle, Australia on May 11, 2018.Newcastle has always played host to international bands. It’s just that it has never been with the same kind of frequency of our neighbours south to Sydney. In fact, my very first proper concert experience was Pantera when they played the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on their Far Beyond Driven tour.

Still, it’s always exciting when a good international band gets booked into one of our remaining live venues. So when Red Fang announced a show at the Cambridge Hotel, you can bet this scribe had his hand up waving wildly like an excited kid at the front of the classroom with the answer to a geography question.

There is, however, always some level of trepidation when said international act is below the tier of, say, a band used to playing the big sheds and arenas. I’ve personally seen some amazing bands play to less than half full rooms and so it was that opening act Black Rheno performed to a handful of eager punters soon after the doors opened.Red Fang, performing at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle, Australia on May 11, 2018.

That’s a shame, too. Because the Sydney three piece (with the guitarist running a split rig that also acted as a bass, a-la White Stripes and Local H) rocked out hard with a manic set of high energy rock that was tight, but loose in all the right ways. Apparently the band has just started recording an album, so that’s definitely something to look forward to.

Next, the Drunk Mums looked like they’d stepped off a plane direct from the 1960s, complete with requisite ’60s axes and well-worn chord progressions. Despite the familiarity, the band brought a certain raucous sense of humour to the sound that helped make it unique. Loose, noisy and plenty of amusing between-song banter.

After a short intermission, no doubt thanks to their stripped down rigs not requiring too much setup, Portland, Oregon’s Red Fang took to the stage in front of a half-full, but very appreciative room of fans. They launched into a sweet rendition of Blood Like Cream and didn’t say too much for about three songs, when they’d clearly started to warm up a bit.

The mix tonight was nice and clear, with plenty of definition in the low end where singer/bassist Aaron Beam’s chord work could really shine. He really wields that thing like a baritone guitar and it works perfectly for Red Fang’s Sabbathian, stoner vibe.

Over what would be a 14-song set with no encore, the band wowed the enthusiastic crowd with tunes from all its previous releases, including latest disc, 2016’s Only Ghosts. They were super tight, despite the inherent fuzziness and ageless scunge that lies between all the grooves in their riffs. Oh, and how sweet their grooves and riffs are! They were certainly inspiration for all the middle-aged rockers in the audience and the DIYers out there.

Red Fang, performing at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle, Australia on May 11, 2018. Red Fang, performing at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle, Australia on May 11, 2018.

 

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Live Review and Gallery: Suicide Silence @ Bald Faced Stag, Sydney (10.09.11)


14 Sep

Our review and photo gallery from the recent Suicide Silence show at the Bald Faced Stag Hotel in Sydney, Australia has just been posted online at theAUreview.com. Click HERE or the image below to check it out in full.

We’ll be posting higher-resolution versions of the images onto our Flickr page as per normal after a few days, so stay tuned for the link!

Mitch Lucker, Mark Heylum, Chris Garza and the rest of the Californian deathcore band really put on a great show considering the switch to a smaller, sweatier and generally crappier venue. Despite that, we got some really good shots and we’d love to hear your thoughts on them, and the review.

Suicide Silence Live Review and Photos

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Live Review: Helmet @ Manning Bar – Images and Words


01 Jul

Ask anyone who knows me well and they’ll probably be able to tell you that Helmet is my all-time favourite band. Page Hamilton has been a huge influence on me musically. We even share the same haircut!

I got the chance to photograph Helmet’s live show at the Manning Bar in Sydney on June 24, 2011 as well as review the gig for theAUreview.com. I naturally jumped at the chance, given that would mean I got to see the show from right up the front. Any closer and I would have been groping him.

They were supported by old 1990s group Pangaea. I wasn’t even aware they were still around or had regrouped. Certainly, their discography seems to indicate nothing since around 1997. Correct me if I’m wrong.

You can read the review BY CLICKING HERE. It’s a relatively long review as far as online live reviews go, but I like to add some historical context and background. So kill me.

You can see the image gallery of live photos BY CLICKING HERE or on the thumbnails below:

Helmet - Manning Bar, Sydney

Helmet - Manning Bar, Sydney Helmet - Manning Bar, Sydney