Total Control were my fave band to shoot over the years.
As 2013 winds up and my time as Photo Editor at Who The Hell comes to an end, I thought I’d give y’all a quick review of pictures that moved us this year as my farewell.
We have been lucky to share in the development of Rebecca Capp and Alan Weedon as they’ve honed their skills over the last couple of years. I feel quite proud of the work we have shared this year, as well as and the expansion of the ‘Sequence’ into the blog has worked because these guys are so dedicated to making great images.
I’d also like to mention our new Sydney guy Jack Toohey who created an exceptional Sequence late in the year with Bligh Twyford-Moore.
Bligh plays in Sydney band Post Paint, recently capped off a month-long stint hosting a Bill Murray ‘Murrathon’ for Fringe Fest – and was banned from the internet this week for uploading an image of Tony Abbott with a really small dick.
This guy has also turned ‘stalking’ into a literal art. Earlier this year, Bligh decided to begin painting portraits of all his internet friends. I’m not sure what number he’s up to, but he’s made his way out of Sydney because I found one of my shady internet snaps turned into a neat little portrait the other week. Thought we’d return the favour by enlisting photographer Jack Toohey to turn up at Bligh’s Newtown terrance and trail him for a whole Sunday afternoon for our next SEQUENCE photo essay.
If you’d like to contact Bligh for commissions, click here. If you’d like your portrait painted, click here. If you want to know what happens when a photographer returns with a rad set of photos and a portrait by an artist completely stoned, then keep scrolling.
It’s been ages since I’ve seen a scuzzy international band that haven’t severely bored me. That’s more out of bias more than anything, but it still holds some minor truth. Splashh are excluded though. I caught one of their shows at Ding Dong in Melbourne a few weeks ago and it was so great. It was the first time in months I’ve seen a Melbourne crowd look remotely enthusiastic about anything…(god forbid, jump around to shoegaze bands).
Splashh are based in London, but that doesn’t really count since half of the band are from these parts anyway. The band’s guitarist Toto Vivian is from Byron Bay, while frontman Sasha Coleman (Brain Slaves) and drummer Jacob Moore (The Checks) are from New Zealand. Partial patriotism and the nabbing them as ‘one-of-our-own’ thing is totally fine when you’re from Byron and named Toto anyway.
The band were recently picked to support The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park last week too. Splashh only formed last year, so things have travelled really fast. After constant gigging and a number of single releases in the UK, including a casette-only release on Jen Long’s excellent Kissability label, the guys released their debut record Comfort a few weeks ago. It’s a super rad record – essential for light listening, and more so if you’re predisposed to the whole league of Queensland bands who worship Wavves by default.
Splashh took liberty of sending us a photo set of their best ‘in-transit’ faces on their recent Aus tour which you can view below…
Any reason to hold a casual gathering down a dark enclave with a steel board as an excuse for stairs is anyone’s concept of a decent Friday night out in Melbs. We bandied together with the kids from Bonny & Clyde recently and somehow put together a warehouse party in around two weeks. If severely bruised feet, a string of free Sailor Jerry’s and a warehouse filled with our favourite people + favourite local garage/psych bands count, then we had a rad time.
Thanks to Bonny & Clyde, bands (The Living Eyes,Strangers From Now On, The Laughing Leaves, The Grand Rapids, Pronto), party folkand the general enthusiasm for the giant participatory art wall we had going. All those tattoos, misc. poetry and versions of genitalia were appreciated, but as for the guy who ripped the eyes out of the installation – we think you just need a hug.
Biggest props to The Living Eyes for playing their last show (for a while) and spurring on a communal jive pit. But mostly, for dedicating their set to “everyone on Centrelink”.