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Saw Art of Fighting at the Metro last night. It cost me twenty bucks and I would have easily paid double, even at the Metro. I don't know what it is about the Metro and me, but every time I go there, I find that audience member and stand near him or her. In this case, it was a strung out junkie of a red haired girl who thought the objective of live music was to talk over it. Do that and you're the winner. Her friends kept her quiet for the most part, but being a strung out junkie, every attempt to keep her quiet was seen as an authoritive challenge, so the only thing you could do was feed her junk and hope for an OD. I've still got that hope, baby.

Art of Fighting, however, have an easy, laid back, chilled demeanor on stage. They're comfortable on stage, comfortable with the crowd, and know their music. You drift away with the dark melodies and sweet voices and it's nothing but a pleasure to be there. My only disappointment was that Peggy Frew didn't step up to the microphone for a few tracks, since I adore the songs she performs on the albums, but it's a minor disappointment. Main frontman Ollie Browne is more than capable of carrying the vocal duties. Still, I've decided that this lack of Frew live vocals is simply a reason to go back and watch them again, whenever that may be. It's a perfectly good reason, mind, since they're a beautiful band live.

They also do a fine cover of Lionel Richie's 'Up All Night'. It's worth the twenty bucks alone and is pure Art of Fighting.

In addition, I got to see Holly Throsby and theredsunband perform. The picture down the bottom is of theredsunband, and while it might seem like an odd photo, it's my favourite of the night. I don't know why, since the lead singer's missing her head and the third member of the band is missing, but fuck it, there you go. I'm not much of a band photographer, and to be honest, I won't be. I watched a whole bunch of girls crawl through the crowds, moving back and forth, taking photos with their SLRs and digital SLRS and it struck me that was a good way to miss most of the music. Band photos on this blog are mainly for amusement, not art. There are other people out there for that.

At any rate, I don't usually write about the intro bands. Possibly because I keep being subjected to Sarah Blasco and her ugly electric keyboard ruined music, but also because I just don't seem particularly moved before now. Go figure. However, I have to say, I really liked Throsby's dark folk act, and I really wish I'd take a semi decent picture of her for this, but I didn't. Just one from where I was sitting and we'll leave that to the hard drive dust. theredsunband, I thought, didn't live up to the reputation. Their set was troubled by a guitar and what appeared to be a cold for the lead singer, but the thing that struck me most out of place was that it began and it ended and about five words were said and their speaker sound was a bit off. It wasn't a bad set, mind, but unlike the guy who made a frantic grab for the set list for his collection, I didn't get what the fuss was about.


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Mar. 12th, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
Ben, somewhat off-topic, can you maybe give me a critique of my latest post? It was a spur-of-the-moment but i do think it has something in there worth working at, or towards, or whatever. I know its full of holes but i'd love your opinion.

Mar. 13th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
it's nice, man. has some really nice images running through it. it's a bit convulted at times--too many images, maybe, and not enough story to hang that off, but it's neat. you got any plans to do anything with it? maybe you could slim it down and fashion it into a bit of flash fiction (under a thousand words) and see if you can get it published?

you should. you know you're dying to join the ranks of rejected and poor :)
Mar. 13th, 2005 05:48 am (UTC)
Thanks man, i totally agree with you - when i fix it up can you recommend someone to publish it? I'm kinda psyched now.

Mar. 13th, 2005 06:26 am (UTC)
sure. i'll give you a few places to try. though, without it being a question of quality or ability, you should prepare yourself for rejection :)

rejection is the majority of the game. it's unavoidable. it'll bite, but if you sort of tell yourself from that start that it'll happen, it'll be less of a bite. plus, when someone buys a piece from you, it'll taste a little sweeter. like i said, that's got nothing to do with your ability, it's just my recommended mindset when you submit.

you going to go out to the magic casements thing on saturday? looks like i might end up there some time in the afternoon, just for kicks, but if you're interested in checking out the local scene, it's a place to start. i kind of doubt you'll ever be in the middle of the spec fic scene, but then neither am i, really, and as a scene they don't mind the weird. even if it's just of little interest for you, it's not a bad idea to learn about the local small press anyhow.
Mar. 13th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
Hey, yeah, Magic Casements is a good idea. The people at the NSW Writers' Centre know how to put on a good programme, & they do it with class. I remember how thrilled they were the first time to find how extensive the local support is for spec fic. I think we're up to about the 3rd one now & the crowd's a little bigger each time.

Plus people travel interstate for the day. A lot of Canberra writers come along now, & Van Ikin from WA was here for one. Good way to get involved.
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