Calling All Cars hit the stage.. An unstoppable, explosive force field of energy from word go.. Bang! Electric!
Australia is a country spoiled for wealth with musical talent and when it comes to stagecraft, Melbourne rockers Calling All Cars have got it NAILED! First saw the lads live in 2011 when I was at Pyramid Rock Festival shooting for one of Australia’s national radio stations, triple j. I’d heard one or two of their jams on the radio and I decided to go check them out. WOW! From start to finish lead singer Haydn Ing’s high-octance buzz on the mic and around the stage had the moshpit shaking.
Ing’s commitment to the cause was demonstrated at Sydney’s Big Day Out last year, when the CAC frontman was knocked out cold for 10 minutes by an accidental elbow after diving into the crowd and had to be rushed to hospital. Copped a few blows to the jaw in the pit myself back in the day & it’s not fun (does anyone remember Goo Thursdays at the Metro? Alternative music at its best! :D), but where would rock & roll be these days without a lead singer or lead guitarist unafraid to attack the stage, drum riser, foldbacks and amps with reckless abandon?
HOT TIP for all you wanna-be rockstars out there.. chances are that if you’re in front of the mic, you’re already baring your heart & soul through your music, so whether it’s a positive or negative vibe don’t be afraid to let your personality shine.. I’m not saying if you’re Gotye that you should jump into the crowd with an epic body slam.. you’ve got to be you, but even a personal story or a cheeky anecdote to show the crowd that you’re a real person made of flesh & blood just like them will endear and connect you more to your audience than your music ever will.
As social media has shown us, now more than ever with the likes of social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, everyone with a smartphone is the storyteller of their own lives and artists of their own world; give your audience an experience to remember and they will not only reward you by listening to your music online, but they will share your art with their world. So if you’re in front of the mic and make that human connection, then chances are that if they haven’t come here to see you, they will be back.
Stagecraft is a key opportunity to interact with people.. to make an impact. Even just one new person per show to start with, can be all it takes. After all the global music market is a saturated one, social media littered with wanna-be rockstars (incl. yours truly :p) and you need to capitalize on every opportunity to stand apart from the herd.
I can still tell you the very first time I saw Calling All Cars and the image featured at the top of this article remains one of the favourite images I’ve shot in my lifetime, music or otherwise. Every time I see it I’m captivated.. my eyes glaze over as the emotions and memory of that snapshot in time seep back through my soul..
Next time, but you step out on that stage.. take a deep breath, take a step & set yourself free!
Hot & Delicious.. music news & sick live photography from around the planet:
Calling All Cars latest jam ‘Standing In The Ocean’ is the 2nd single from forthcoming album Raise The People due out March 7.
Dream on Dreamer’s sophomore album ‘Loveless’ drops tomorrow & we’re giving you the chance to stream it in full a day early!
Press play, Crank that stereo… LOUD! 🙂 & Enjoy!
Kingswood’s ‘Some Motherfucker’s Gotta Pay’ is getting mad love on the internet this week & deservedly so!
Last weekend we cruised down to the killer space at Eureka Rebellion Trading (Collingwood) for a few cheeky Asahis, Sailor Jerry’s and the world premiere of Kingswood‘s short film ‘Some Motherfucker’s Gotta Pay’.
Shot in Sydney, iconic live music venue The Annandale and rural NSW, this classic, blood & gore Tarantino-style flick is the product of Wonder World Films and features an all-star cast with Seth Sentry, Thelma Plum, Sticky Fingers, Kira Puru, surfing legend Reg Mombassa, Dan Rule (previous owner of The Annandale Hotel) and lead guitarist Alex Laska‘s wheels. What started out as the music video for their latest single ‘Ohio’ ended in a mad hilarious short with The Black Wax Widow Makers, guns, sex beasts (cars) & scandalous activities!
Love seeing indie bands re-innovate the digital space and this clip made my fucking week. What was no doubt a lot of hard work and long hours (and a shitload of fun), is made to look easy by the band and clearly displays their love for art, their music & not taking themselves too seriously.
June & July sees the Kingswood love continue with an epic run of national shows that’s kicked off this weekend including performances with Spiderbait, British India, Bertie Blackman and an action-packed line-up at River Sessions (QLD) with Bliss N Esso, Boy and Bear, Karnivool, Illy, Ball Park Music, Dead Letter Circus and many more!
Crack yourself a cold one, kick back on the couch & enjoy the ride.. Some Motherfucker’s Gotta Pay!
Kingswood live at Pyramid Rock. Images by Hot & Delicious
Kingswood’s National Australian Tour
|7 June||10pm||Waves, Wollongong, NSW||HERE||The Money Go Round|
|8 June||10pm||The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW||HERE||The Money Go Round|
|21 June||10pm||The Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC||HERE||The Sinking Teeth|
|22 June||10pm||Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA||HERE||Surviving Sharks|
|29 June||1pm||River Sessions, Mackay, QLD||HERE||Bliss N Esso, Boy and Bear, Karnivool, Ball Park Music|
|5 July||10pm||Iron Horse, Launceston, TAS||Venue||TBC|
|6 July||10pm||The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS||HERE||TBC|
|17 July||9pm||The Corner Hotel, Richmond, VIC||HERE||Apes, Bertie Blackman|
|18 July||9pm||The Corner Hotel, Richmond, VIC||HERE||Apes, Bertie Blackman|
|20 July||9pm||Eatons Hills Hotel, Eatons Hills, QLD||HERE||With British India & Spiderbait|
Following the success of the release of their cover of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’, Ash & the boys kick-off a national Australian tour kicking off this week and have recorded 10 tracks for release, including a whole swag of new originals, killer covers and re-worked hits from Ash Grunwald’s tasty bag of music. And here’s the first original single!
‘The Last Stand’ – Ash Grunwald
We’ve been lucky enough to see Ash perform at shows & festivals around Australia.. he’s one of those lads who’s friendly, quick with a smile and always has time for a chat.. just a normal dude who loves a beer and living life.. and man have you seen him live!
Recorded at St Kilda’s Hothouse Studios, ‘Gargantua’ is out June 20th through Shock Records
FREE DOWNLOAD – Ash Grunwald’s version of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’
Bam! Now based in London with sister Reija Lee, Karl Thomas AKA Shockone is back with some brand new jams!
Today marks the release of Shockone’s ‘Universus’ LP and one of Australia’s hottest DJs is currently in Australia for Groovin’ The Moo festival tour / LP launch around the country before jetting off to the USA for several secret shows!
Was fortunate enough to meet Karl backstage briefly at Pyramid Rock over New Year’s and he’s one hell of a nice guy.
Wishing you every success brother. Get on it!
Bonjah kick off a national Australian tour tonight with their latest ‘Evolution’.
This first single off Bonjah’s much anticipated 3rd album due out later in 2013 is filled with the funky little hooks, driving drums and smoky vocal melodies that we’ve come to expect from the Kiwi lads who made Melbourne their home with a one-way ticket back in 2006.
Bonjah have come a long way from cutting their teeth in the Australian music scene busking full-time on the streets of Melbourne to hundreds of shows throughout Australia, London, Japan, Germany and New Zealand including Big Day Out, Greenroom Festival (Japan), JuWi Fest (Germany), Peats Ridge Festival, Pyramid Rock, St Kilda Festival, West Coast Blues & Roots and Woodford Folk Festival.
The national tour kicks off tonight at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne and here’s a little taste of what you can expect!
April 13 – The Corner – Melbourne VIC
April 19 – The Loft – Gold Coast QLD
April 20 – Big Pineapple Festival – Sunshine Coast QLD
April 20 – Sol Bar – Maroochydore QLD
April 21 – Hotel Brunswick – Brunswick Heads NSW
May 3 – The Gov – Adelaide SA
May 9 – Prince of Wales – Bunbury WA
May 10 – Quinndaning Inne – Quinndaning WA
May 11 – Fly By Night – Fremantle WA
May 22 – The Brass Monkey – Cronulla NSW
May 23 – Oxford Art Factory – Sydney NSW
May 24 – Heritage Hotel – Bulli NSW
May 25 – Baha – Rye VIC