– Col B.
– Col B.
Here is my latest video for Melbourne slam legends Iconic Vivisect. You can check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/IconicVivisect
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.
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…….
May 14th (Adelaide)
A first time for everything, that’s what today would be all about. In years of playing in bands and photographing them I’d yet to venture in WA, NT or SA but have always wanted to see more of this beautiful country. Today finally provided that opportunity. Adelaide struck me as an odd city, decriminalised green, churches everywhere, openly active street Graf culture, shisha bars left right and centre and some seriously cool modern architecture (I wish I had the time to take some shots). It reminded me a bit of Brisbane about 15 years ago before the population boom; almost makes it a big country town.
Tonight MS would be playing Fowler’s Live, a venue in the Adelaide CBD, surrounded by an inner city University campus. The facilities at Fowlers were amazing; the green rooms overflowing with the local drop and decent Wi-Fi that meant I could do some last minute catch up on work. A cold beer, a smoke and some caffeine in system and I was ready to rock and roll. Camera in hand I captured the night. Misery Signals blasted through their set, which I don’t think I’ll ever tire of nor want too. Tonight Craig and I also had a go at lights, which was more chaotic than I expected, but provided a great amount of entertainment.
After the show:
We had a 9am flight so after the show I took the time to get some more editing done and crash for a few hours, if even that. As the sun cracked, we stirred and the ramblers again got rambling.
May 15th (Sydney/Canberra)
One flight, a van pickup, a gear pickup and off we were from Sydney Airport to the Australian capital, Canberra. I love the drive to Canberra, something about the countryside between Syd-Can reminds me of the days of The Man from Snowy River or an epic western, I recommend driving it one day yourself. Taking over about a third of the way I put on some Joe Rogan Experience and cruised on one of the coolest stretches in this country.
Upon arrival in Canberra I proceeded to get us lost in a rabbit warren of side lanes and streets. The venue tonight is the ANU Bar, ANU standing for Australian National University. It’s a very American style campus, wide walkways, big trees and students always seem to be up to something even into the early hours of the morning. It seemed to help that weed is decriminalised in ACT so there was always a chilled out vibe emanating through the air. Finding the venue wasn’t so chilled but we got there in the end and we loaded in as per every night.
Once loaded in I was greeted by some very good friends, Aeon of Horus, who would also be supporting tonight; incredible band, check them out when you can. One of the most rewarding things about tour, if you can find the time, is being able to catch up with mates everywhere and tonight would be no different. I should say a big thanks to everyone who helped me out on this tour or gave me a floor, bed, corner or whatever to sleep on or in, it’s beyond appreciated. Tonight was also a great chance to have a decent meal and relax a bit more as the venue is within walking distance of a lot of great food options.
Stories took the stage, a group of awesome lads from Sydney, Australia, and what I witnessed was awesome. They play something heavy, dark but still retaining melody reminding me of a younger, more fine tuned Vildhjarta. Below is some of the chaos they bring to the live arena and also the first time I took shots of them on the tour.
Misery Signals were now up, the crowd was ready, moshing ensued.
Dan Harper (all round mad dawg) who was along for the tour was part of the reason this could happen every night, he’s a fun human and a great drum tech (Misery Signals drum tech) who’s talents were essential in making the show happen each night.
The night ended like any, Sydney was next.
Note: If anyone is wondering why I don’t write a lot about Misery Signals performance? I think the photos and video speak for themselves and if you’ve read part one your more than aware how highly I regard them as musicians.
to be continued………….
Full Galleries here:
Canberra – https://www.flickr.com/photos/colbcadellphoto/sets/72157644869790484
Adelaide – https://www.flickr.com/photos/colbcadellphoto/sets/72157644378208429
– Col B.
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 fell 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.