Thank You For The Venom

Thank You For The Venom
My Chemical Romance
2001-2013
Rob Knaggs

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It was the summer holidays that bridged the transition from primary school to high school. I was a jock, over achieving pre-teen who played an unhealthy amount of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2* matched only by an interest in music. 2004’s top 40 was encrusted by the synthetic slick of urban, hip hop and R’n’B; Usher’s Yeah, OutKast’s Hey Ya and Obie Trice’s Got Some Teeth soundtracking school discos across Australia causing some regrettable musical tastes with regards to peer pressure. Continue reading “Thank You For The Venom”

Title Fight, Luca Brasi, Toy Boats @ Sun Distortion.

Title Fight, Luca Brasi, Toy Boats.
07/03/2013
Sun Distortion Studios, Albion.

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Title Fight, Sun Distortion. Mitch Pinney Photography. All photo rights to him. that rad dude.

After releasing their impressive effort, Floral Green in September of last year, Pennsylvania’s Title Fight return to Australian shores for a string of small, sold out club shows. After their controversy-ridden performance at the Old Museum for their Brisbane debut appearance in 2010, there is a buzzing expectation amidst the all ages crowd of Albion’s Sun Distortion Studios.

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Big Lights.

Big Lights – Dear New York.

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From a very young age, I was quite taken with the idea of a better place. Somewhere filled with fantasy and wonder, where your dreams became an actual, tangible reality. We’re encouraged from our youth to follow that. Although, with age and maturity, we place these obstacles in front of us, each hurdle growing closer and closer to the heavens we’re trying to reach, our anxiety and anticipation growing along with the burden of your subconscious voice, heaving, “why bother?”. We turn to art forms for diversion, consolation and answers. The radio’s response sang to me, “New York”. I thought I was lucky to be from Brisbane. I seriously did. To hear each lovelorn vocalist declare their affection to this town, “New York City” sounding from their lips with a shimmering sparkle that could never be achieved with the same ring of ‘Brisbane’ or ‘Melbourne’. I can’t imagine The Veronicas exulting “Brisbane” in the same allure that Alicia Keys did for her hometown. Anybody keeping any sort of tab on me at the moment would know that upon graduating from my first Bachelors degree in June, I will be escaping Australia to take complete advantage of my youth, my British passport, and the world that won’t wait. Here are five songs about the Big Apple that are currently soundtracking my travel plans.
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Double Take.

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A one shot or a one-take music video is defined by the continuous action on set framed and captured by a single video camera, free of cuts or edits from other takes. By creating a music video within a single take, it can either be so simplistic to the point of imitation by anybody in possession of a lens, or so creatively complicated it carries a charming mystique that leaves viewers in awe or denial.  Continue reading “Double Take.”

Touche Amore/Pianos Become The Teeth. Split 7″

Touche Amore/Pianos Become the Teeth
Gravity, Metaphorically”/”Hiding
(Deathwish/Topshelf Records)
2013

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I’ve always loved the idea and ethic of split releases. You’ll buy a 7’ for one side and are able to be exposed to a band that you might never have heard otherwise. Sometimes, you get lucky and have a suspect idea what to expect from both sides. Are these tracks a taste of things to come for the two acts or a chance to momentarily depart from their previous works to further explore their sonic potential? Time will tell, but if this offering is anything to go by, the future’s looking bright for these merchants of melancholy.

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