May 16th (Sydney)
Good morning Canberra and good bye, I mean the day had to start somewhere. We took the return trek back to Sydney today, where MS would be performing at The Hi-Fi, a venue located near film lots at Fox Studios. I took the time on the drive to write a few of these entries and attempt to start editing the slew of photos I had been collecting since the start of the week. This is one of the time consuming parts of being a tour photographer; where the hell do you find the time to get everything done. I also work a full time job outside of photography/video work, so my life can get a little bit more hectic than it usually would at certain times of the year.
The drive was reasonably painless, minus the usual ‘we’ll be there in 5km, about 5mins’ only to find half an hour later we were still on the road. That’s part of the pain/fun of touring, getting lost or finding your way in a city you’ve never been too, or rarely visit. After collecting more gear we arrived, the usual unload proceeded and sound check followed. During this time I went and hung out with the lads from Stories for a bit to see what made them tick; under it all, genuine dudes. It was around this time that I also met Jared Liebowitz, a photographer from Sydney, who 1) does great work and 2) is a nice dude and really personable to boot. I’ll take this time to shout out to Jared as well for giving me a lift back to my accommodation in Newtown that night, you’re a legend.
As the doors neared so did the fun, everyone was seeming to loosen up; tour was nearly done, people would get to see their loved ones and hopefully get to sleep in your own bed. There was an energy in the air that hadn’t occurred yet this tour and it seemed to be toxic, I mean it could have been my perceptions through a haze of bong smoke (self inflicted) but I dare say people were just in a more relaxed mood.
That mood in part was helped by Karl’s new drinking game, throw the coin in the bin, that simple. One corner of the green room had a large garbage bin, the other side couches, from said couches we were to throw a 5cent piece with the aim of getting it in the bin. If you land a shot you can nominate someone to drink, the nominated then gets a chance to bounce the punishment back if they land a ‘redemption throw’, if not drink. Thus was to be the circle of life for the next few hours until closer to MS hitting the stage. I learnt a few things during this game, 1) Karl isn’t good at his own game, 2) Karl is good at drinking beer really fast, 3) Ryan and I both scull like girls.
Stories and MS both killed it tonight, the crowd loved it and following the shows events I got to catch up with two of my closest mates who reside in Sydney. Stories were particularly hectic tonight, one part being it’s their hometown, the other that they (to me anyway) really really want to do something with the tunes. I dare say they will; and more quickly than some might expect with their signing to UNFD a good start for sure.
The next day would be an express Opera House visit then home for the last two (3?) shows; Misery Signals would be back in the city I first saw them and a secret show would be had at Crowbar, the best venue in the country.
to be continued in the final part…….