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Just a quick update…

We’ve been so busy lately, had a lot of opportunities thrown our way, a few spanners, a sick dog, a milestone birthday and made a lot of new friends so i apologise for not posting in a while.  There are a lot of articles in the works, music reviews, a lot of live photography as well as some camera reviews (yes i got some new toys!)… but here just a quick update about what we’ve been up to lately.

As you know we live for live heavy music so we’ve provided another promo opportunity for local bands to get their music out to the masses.  The local Artist Mix tape is a feature on our Metal For Fishes Facebook page that showcases tracks and videos for 10 WA bands and 1 interstate band ie. “Someone Else’s Local” for a whole month!  We’re always looking for local bands to be involved so let us know if you’re interested.

Check it out and find your new favourite band!


We’ve also organised 2 new shows and have expanded to a new venue for the first time.

Next up we have Monsters In The Basement III with Blunt Force Trauma, Dawn Of Leviathan, BloodKlot, Dawn and Severtone on September 8th at the Swan Basement.

Then we have some Core at the Civic Den, it’s the first time we’ve booked a show at this venue but we felt we needed a change and a cheap one at that, they don’t charge too much to book the venue so the bands can still get paid 🙂

It’s one of our best lineups yet!! Storm The Shores, Severtone, Lakeside (From Bunbury), Remember The South and Alizarin Haze.  September 15th, Civic Den, Inglewood.

Some more coming soon… i promise…


Interview: Left To Die

So we caught up with down south death metallers Left To Die.. We spoke to Mat (bass), Aiden (vocals), Wog (Drums), Jordan (Guitar) and Alex (Guitar) about their fav bands and venues and what they think of the local scene…

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/l3ft2di3
Listen: http://www.reverbnation.com/left2die


So tell us  a bit about the band, how did you all meet? When did the band form?
Jordan: The band started with 3 boys. Myself, my brother Warwick (Wog) and Mat in January 2011 until Aiden and our former guitarist Josh joined in June later that year. The line up changed again in Feb 2012 when Alex joined the band.

What other bands/artists have influenced your sound and how?
Mat & Aiden: Six feet under, Amon Amarth, Cannibal Corpse and Gojira

Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?
Wog:  My fav. would have to be ‘Destroyer’, Cause its hectic and heavy!
Mat: Whatever i can hear my bass in really. haha

Which song really goes off live and gets the crowd going?
Aiden: Definitely ‘Chains’!

What is your favourite local venue to play at and what do you like about it?
The Prince of Wales, Bunbury. It has always, and will always bring fresh new live material to the masses. Great set-up (Big pit zone).

Here’s your chance to get all techy for the gear heads out there, what equipment do you use?
Randal, ESP, Orange Bass Head’s, Peace, Paiste, Sabian, Cort, Fender, Shure Mics

Describe the best gig moment the band has had so far…
Fungalore July 2011, because the circle put went off. Beer’s everywhere, couple of bruises. Cigarette burn’s, you get it.

What’s the most embarrasing moment?
Wog: I forgot how to play the drums for ‘Thirst’ at a show! (Early on, don’t worry)
Alex: Once got extremely drunk and ran naked through a hotel. The elevator shaft was never the same haha.
Jordan: Usual party related moments. Spewing, missing the toilet, but getting the whole bathroom.(Lasagna mind you)
Mat: Tequila, then walking into Aiden’s room naked thinking it was the toilet. Or the McDonald’s incident. (Don’t ask)
Aiden: Nothing to report as yet. (But we are sure it’s coming)

If you could play alongside any other band/artist ”dead or alive”, who would it be and why?
Mat: Iron Maiden (No reason needed), Devin Townsend (Look to the left)
Jordan: Behemoth
Aiden: Gojira

What local bands get your thumbs up?
All This Filth, Broken Silence, Dethlahem, Bloodklot, From Isolation, Devour The Martyr, Arbitage, Septillon, Dawn and probably a bunch more we forgot to name. There is so much great talent in Perth.

Which up and coming local band should we keeping an eye out for?
Wog: Definitely Broken Silence.
Mat: Dawn have ball’s and great song writing, i think it’s needed. Especially (like them) a band being from Bunbury. Or any town down south from Perth, you need something more original and more different. Just so some people take you seriously (although it’s just fun and games) haha… But seriously 🙂

Tell us something about a band member that we wouldn’t already know…
Alex: has a fetish he’d rather not share with you!
Mat: I went to Soundwave (Killed it). Woke up, went to macca’s. Ate. Lit a smoke and sharded all down my leg (with no undie’s). Rad. The boy’s thought it was great though…

One day you’ll be able to demand a rider, you’ll be given anything you want, what would you demand?       1,000 Brown M&M’s or we wouldn’t play the show, 3x Cask’s of Fruit Elixir (the cheaper the better), Over 1,000 Iron Maiden t-shirt’s (To piss off Steve Hughes), Metallica and Lou Reed’s (Spew-Lu) to kill after we get off stage to calm us down, 2X bottles of FINLANDIA, 5x copies of Immortal’s- “At the heart of winter” (So i shall de-virginise them one by one) Get it!! And one bottle of water for the roadie (INSERT NO NAME HERE)

Do you worry about whether people like you for the ‘real’ you or because you’re a stud muffin and musical genius?
Alex: Because I’m a Musical genius.
Mat: Who writes these question’s haha (Sorry guy’s)

What are the future plans for the band? Got any releases coming out soon?… or do you plan to lock yourselves away to record?
Wog & Jordan: Well, we are planning recording for June onwards and hopefully a release later this year.

What do you think about the current state of the local heavy scene?
Aiden: People tell me they want to see more metal, but there I think there is not enough exposure of local metal to the general public. That and there is a lack of motivation from the public to get out and see something they haven’t heard before from an upcoming band. If you Support it, there will be more of it!

Anything else you wanna tell your fans and admirers?
Get down to Fungalore, Bunbury!
Also get out and support upcoming bands and if you haven’t see us yet… get your ass out to Your Civic Duty, on June 23rd nice and early to see us open up the day with some brutal music! We even have a new song to debut, so come and have a listen and let us know what you think!

“Live by the sword, Die by the fucker!!”

Thanks to P.R.O.T.A.S and Metal For Fishes for the interview and the exposure, and to Josh and Lisa for all your help and to Tammie our booking agent for all her hard work.

When shooting jewellery… you can never have enough light!

So Lisa has been busy setting up her Etsy store for all the awesome jewellery she makes, so of course I offered to help with the taking of the photos.
Now having done this a few times I have learned a thing or two…

  1. Set your self up properly, make yourself a nice little rig for draping the jewelery, where you can aim plenty of lights.
  2. Get yourself a macro lens, you want to get really close to the subject. It is good to use a nice prime to shoot the object in a nice setting, but you want the macro to show the real detail in the product. For this, the nice close up macro shots were taken with my Vivitar 35-75 FOV FFL manual focus macro zoom lens, and the set shots with the flower and candle were taken with my Minolta 55mm 1.9 FOV FFL manual prime lens.
  3. Most importantly, you can never have too much light! Use whatever you can, as you can see I have even brought in a torch just to bring in some extra side light to help diffuse the shadow I was getting on the right side of the pieces.


Here are just a few of the shots I took of her jewelery for her yesterday:






Isn’t her jewellery great!
You can check it out here if you are interested:
Metal Fish Handmade Creations