May 17th & 18th (Brisbane)
Today we would make our trek home, back to Brisbane, Australia for the final leg of the Misery Signals Australian Tour 2014. The thought of showers, loved ones, beds and bros was more than enough to nix any thoughts or inclinations of exhaustion. One last airport rush (thankfully the flight was delayed so we could eat and drink), Kavinsky blasting in my ear, and we were on our way. We picked up the van, as we had so many times on this tour, and began our drive to West End to load in and sound check. Tonight was to be an interesting one with a rather hectic schedule due to a second ‘secret’ show that would be held after the headlining set at The Hi-Fi. There isn’t a whole lot to say about the Hi-Fi show other than everyone killed it. I was behind merch most of the night pimping out MS wares left, right and centre while sinking cups of coffee and red bull to quell any thought of rest.
Lights out, roll out.
20 minutes after lights out at the Hi-fi we were making the short trip across the Brisbane CBD to Fortitude Valley to be greeted by Australia’s ‘Home of the Heavy’, Crowbar. This place is basically our answer Japan’s Hatsudai Wall or Rock Rock, it’s a no pomp, balls to the wall heavy music venue, so what better place to hold a secret show! After the second load in for the day I was dead to the world and the thought holding a camera for another set was not very high on my list of must do’s. So it’s at this point I said ‘fuck it’ and stopped taking pics for the evening. I instead mic grabbed, stage invaded, crowd surfed and in general let loose a weeks worth of frustration and stress.The below video of me was captured by Vanguard Touring competition winner Todd, who might I add was a really rad dude.
The chaos of the evening was instead captured by photographer and good friend HarlraH Photography (https://www.facebook.com/harlrahphotography) whom I have asked to supply the following shots. All credits for the Crowbar shots, HarlraH Photography 2014.
Also a huge thanks to Trad and the Crowbar team for letting us party and blast out a set. 3am started to roll around, I was now dead or dying and needed to get my car and get home to have some sleep. So I disappeared into the night.
Today would be the last show of the tour, the last day the lads would be in town and my last chance to hang out. The events were being held at Brisbane All Ages venue, The Lab (one of the only AA venues and a rad place to boot); with a relaxed vibe filling the air of the last day. Today had a sombre feel to it, the toll of the previous nights events had started to show on some of the crew and band, but also the fact that we knew it was all coming to an end had started to chime home (well at least for me). Brandan Schieppati dropped in to see the show which was a welcome surprise and having a chance to have a brief talk about strength and conditioning with him was awesome.
For today’s show I had decided to forgo the usual live setup (5DmkIII cranking to High Iso) to instead use my AlienBee (Paul C Buff lighting) Flash setup to allow much better image quality, not to mention a faster shutter speed. The following is what happened:
After the show was done and dusted we (Stories, Misery Signals and Crew) met up at a Thai restaurant off the main drag in West End and shared one last meal together before we would part. I’ve always found end of tour meals/meet ups to have this odd feeling where everyone is super positive but somewhere inside we all just don’t want to acknowledge that it will end. For me this means no more touring, no more crazy cities. It means being chained back to a desk for weeks at a time taking part in the monotony of life. I work a normal government based job and the thought of returning to the desk at the end of a tour is pure agony; post tour depression in full effect. Despite any of these feelings we part, a journey now ended.
A HUGE thanks to Vanguard touring for taking me along on this trip. It’s been a pleasure and an experience to work with some of the best dudes in country, not to mention touring with one of my all time favourite acts.
Also here’s some video of Branden (Misery Signals) doing his thing. Sorry for the shaky cam at times, this is unedited footage of them live.
– Col B.