– Col B.
Here’s my latest for Australian metal act ‘Tongues’, I’m so stoked to finally get this one out there. This was a lot of planning as lighting was key on this one.
– Col B.
Here’s my latest for the lads in A Breach of Silence once again. Amazing dudes and amazing performers! The following is the new video and some info from the label, with a little bit from me.
“Vultures is a song about the struggles in life, and fighting through them”, states lead vocalist Rhys Flannery.“Whenever you feel like you are alone, regardless of how great the pressure, there’s always someone out there that’s willing to help. As hard as it may be, you’ve just got to search for them… there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.” Guitarist Mat Cosgrove continues, “We talked about one of us having a real bad day, and someone worse off had helped us out of this situation and it really put things into perspective… So we came up with the story line of a homeless person who could easily take the wallet out of necessity to survive, instead goes out of his way to find the owner, and then saves his life.”
The video was directed by Col Cadell and shot in Fortitude Valley, QLD, Australia. We used low shot angles, with the sky as a background to evoke a feeling of openness, and used high angle shots at the end when the homeless man rescues the businessman,” states Col. (from Heavymag.com.au)
– Col B.
The latest release from Col B Cadell Photo and Video:
– Col B.
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…….
10 years ago I was introduced to the chaotic and beautiful sounds of Misery Signals (MS) by a close friend, Geordie. While others dabbled in melodic metalcore, MS chose to create and define a sound that is wholly and solely their own. The passion and emotion portrayed in their music was beyond that of many peers. I devoured it, imbibed it in a time of need. Honestly I was a pretty mentally messed up person when I first heard this and it helped me work through a near insurmountable number of conflicting feelings. Dropping 50+ kilograms, depression, and a few other things I won’t go into here.
Now a decade later I get to travel on the road with a band that has meant more on a personal level than any other. Invited by Vanguard Touring (Cam & Cosi) to ride shotgun on the tour which will be covering nearly every major state in Australia (Not WA in my case). All photos and videos, excluding instragram reposts, are the work of Col B Cadell Photo and Video. Misery Signals are joined by an incredible group of young musicians known as Stories (http://storiesaus.bandcamp.com/releases) from Sydney.
May 10th – The Espy
Flying into Melbourne is always such an odd experience to me, cold, wet, dry, hot; a million seasons in one day. Thankfully rain and grey skies were vanquished within hours of my arrival. Tonight is my first show of the tour, a personal favourite venue, The Espy in St Kilda, Melbourne. It’s a classic ballroom, on the foreshore of St Kilda beach. Wedged between streets of gluttony and an amusement park that offers more in the way of an abandoned asylum, than it does fun.
Melbourne is always rewarding. Friends live there, pour over coffee isn’t a foreign term, and the public transport works; compared to my native home – Queensland. This evening proved that point with MS playing to a packed and energetic room.
To finally see them in action again was a sight to behold; reminding me why I feel in love with this music. It’s passionate, personal, and powerful without skimping on neither technicality nor rhythm structure complexities. One show down, lights out, exit stage.
Shortly after I began the drive to drop off the crew, band and gear at their accommodation (only 1km from the venue). This proved to be one of the most frustrating experiences of the tour and it was day one. I mean, I should probably be happy to have all the shit out of the way, but vans + trailers + one-way dead end streets do not make for a fun – nor happy – Col. That said, the Tour Manager (Matt – check out https://www.facebook.com/blackholerecordingstudio) is always supportive and is one of the reasons Australia can have a thriving scene.
May 11th – Lilydale Showground (Break the Ice festival)
I caught up with MS and the crew at their accommodation after satiating my senses at a local eatery. Dosed up on coffee, fed, rested (sort of), we packed up and began our short journey to Lilydale Showground for day two of the Break the Ice Festival. Spread over two days (Saturday/Sunday) Break the Ice is about as legitimate a hardcore fest as can get. A surprise lesson in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Ryan was had in the carpark at the show which was a welcome addition to the day. I’m an avid Kettlebell advocate and have always been interested in BJJ so this was a nice introduction.
I’ll take this time to also introduce Craig (him and I pictured below) who even when dead tired fires in fine comedic form. This dude is an amazing human and was an awesome surprise and pleasure to have working the tour.
Day one was headlined by Ringworm (USA) and Australian hardcore legends Mindsnare (a personal favourite). Today was MS’s turn with a slew of other bands I had neither heard nor recognized. I’m not as versed in the hardcore scene in Australia being a metal head primarily but I will say this; Foundation are something special and you need to check them out should you get the chance. They reminded me of an amped up Mindsnare only considerably younger, which is a good thing in my opinion. The crowd responded accordingly, bringing one of the most violent and epic pits I’ve seen in some time. A few bloodied and broken noses, a busted knee and a knocked out girl later and they were done, truly a sledgehammer of the Australian hardcore scene and something to watch out for. MS took the stage after a slight delay due to an ambulance arriving to tend to the injured crowd member. Again proving what makes them so special in the hardcore/metal scene. Giving an energetic and fevered performance to cap the day off. Tonight ended like any other on tour, pack down, roll out, and pass out.
May 12th & 13th (off days)
The next two days (12th & 13th) were to be off days. Something I would use to edit and upload my first round of tour photos. Meanwhile, MS had a photo shoot at a barbershop in Melbourne, visited sites, and took in what the city has to offer.
Hysteria Magazine also gave us access to their Instagram. To be continued……
Full Melbourne Galleries here:
– Col B.
All music played by FHTTS.
Recorded by Ean Redman
Mixed by Arin Ozdemir
Feed Her to the Sharks Live at Thriller, Brisbane – 30/11/2013
Song: My Bleeding Heart Swims in a Seas of Darkness.
Album: The Beauty of Falling (2010)
– Col B.