I want to join the circus

Shoes In an unlikely turn of events, my band had a gig last night. We played with two other bands at the Lass and had a wonderful time playing to an awesome crowd and having our ears massaged by the likes of Zappo and Ungus Ungus Ungus.

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Zappo are one of my favourite Newcastle based bands. Their sound is quite psychedelic rock, and although there's a definite "retro" vibe around their song writing and instrument/effect choices, their music never crosses the line into "dated" territory. I love watching them perform. They've got great chemistry. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get any photo's of them (I left my camera in the car, and didn't want to miss out on having their music massage my ear drums)

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Ungus Ungus Ungus are a psychedelic gypsy prog rock band (and yes, their music is as nutty as their genera suggests (in the best way possible)) I'm trying to find words to properly describe the experience of waching Ungus play... they're amazing, and off the chain (and their bassist pulls the some of the best faces I've ever seen(only to be rivaled by the bassist in The Maint Guy and the Other Guys)) Their on stage chemistry is out of this world as well.

It's funny. This gig kind of reinforced what a small world the music world is. The saxophonist in the band is actually a guy I play with semi regularly (which I didn't know about until I looked up their bands website last  week)

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I managed to get some decent (read: not blurry) photo's of Ungus! (woohoo) I've uploaded them to my facebook page (you can have a gander if you would like) I took so many great shots of "twisted singing" faces (which are the best) :D

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This isn't what I wore to the gig (I didn't managed to take outfit photo's yesterday - boo) This is what I wore on Tuesday to work and stuff. It was a pretty cold day, so I went for "warm", which this outfit definitely was.

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Floral Cats

shoes My goodness have I been busy the past few days! As per usual my business has been caused by music related things (specifically performing with Vanishing Shapes)

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We played two gigs this weekend. The first was on Friday night at Mr Falcons with another Newcastle based folk band Baltic Bar Mitzvah. It was a lovely intimate gig (and when I say intimate, each band took up about a third of the floor space). V shapes had a super fun time playing, and then had a super fun time listening to Baltic.

Baltic are a raucous folk band who play twisted European inspired original music, as well as twisted folk standards and classics such as "my milk shakes bring all da boyzzz 3 the yard" (seriously, you've not heard that piece until you've seen Baltic's version) Unfortunately they don't have recordings yet because they suck, but the minute they do you'll be your gypsy folk starved hearts that I'll link in all the places.

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The second gig was at the Record Crate, with The Squeezebox Trio, Baltic Bar Mitzvah (again! I am so spoilt getting to see/hear them two nights in a row) and The Vacationists.

The first band of the evening was the Squeezebox Trio, who play a unique brand of Gypsy Jazz. Their band consists of a Violin, a Piano Accordian and a Guitar. As well as originals and jazz standards (both of which are brilliantly composed and arranged respectively) they play Disney songs (which are SO.MUCH.FUN).

We played our usual crazy music next, but unlike other gigs ended our set in a massive on Dans Mustata Jam with Baltic and Squeezebox. I'm not sure how it sounded, but it was super fun.

Baltic played after us, delighting us yet again with their crazy brand of European folk music.

Finally the Vacationists finished off the evening, taking us on a vacation (har har har) away from folk music. They're sort of an indieish surfyish punkish rockish!

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This is what I wore to the Saturday gig. I don't understand why it took me so long to match this dress with blue clothing (usually I keep my clothes/accessories white when wearing this dress)

I shot these photo's a couple of hours before the gig in a park near the main campus of Sydney University. The light was gorgeous, but I got pretty self conscious shooting in such a public space (usually I take photo's in places where there are no people, and I'll stop if there is a person. Kind of not an option when you're  taking photo's in a park in Sydney)

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I'm also going to do a sneaky and stick my photos of Friday nights outfit here (they weren't crash hot because the sun died before I took them, but I really loved my outfit from that day). I went with a kind of space princess theme, because why not!

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Pirate Skirts, Gigs and Lots of Figs.

shoes I'm going to come out and say this now. This post has nothing to do with figs. I just wanted something in the title to rhyme with gigs, and it's the best I could come up with!

Vanishing Shapes opened of Asta last night and this is what I wore.

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I really love wearing the I wore last night, but it's a bit of a pain. It's a very soft corset with very malleable boning, which likes to bend out of shape whenever you sit down/bend down/ do anything at all (hence why I usually don't wear it).

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As I mentioned earlier, my band, Vanishing Shapes opened for Asta with another artist called Morgana Osaki. I'd not heard of either artist before booking the gig, and was really impressed with the performances both groups gave. It was a pretty strange lineup (going from prog folk, to chill indie/electro pop w Harp, then danceable indie) but despite the strangeness, it worked pretty well.

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(I'm going to preface my sub par concert photography with a warning: This is the first time I've ever used my camera at a gig, so I kind of yolo'd these photo's into existence and they turned out a little noisy. I learned quite a bit though, so the next time I play photographer my photos should be better. Hopefully.)

Morgana's set was very chill. Her and her band mate Huw (Who i didn't manage to get a decent photo of - boo) make haunting electro pop style beats. The harp sets their music apart from the other music they share the genera with. On a non music note, her dress was absolutely amazing. It was gold and fluffy in all the right places (and she had matching shoes). We've actually got a festival coming up with them in September. I'm looking forward to seeing their stuff again!

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I think I must be living under some kind of rock, because Asta is pretty well known. Her set was super tight, and really well performed. (You can't see it in the pictures, but she had a full band with her. Their performance chemistry was great!) She had the crowd up dancing, and she too pulled some amazing dance moves (especially considering the amount of space she had to work with on the stage. There was so much gear and so many cables!). Again, on a non music note, her outfit was rather amazing. She had these amazing pants with a very interesting pattern of holes. Unfortunately I wasn't able to capture her full outfit as my dim light photography technique is non existent.

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TLDR: Gig was good, clothes were good, all is good.

Grumpy Cats and Orange Rainbows

wpid-pict_20150415_165759.jpg So, you know how I took that trip to Kiama down on the south coast? Well, near Kiama, there's a place called Berry, which is a little tourist town with some fabulous shops along the main street. Now, there are two shops in particular which are completely awesome. Those are the fabric stores. I may have hit up both of them, and I may have purchased too much fabric (so much for using up the fabric I already had!)

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I bough the fabric for these shorts at a quilting specialty shop which was off the main road (I bought some other fabric there too, but i haven't used that yet). This fabric is covered with angry stylized watercolour cats. It was just too fabulous not to make into shorts with heart pockets.

This is the outfit that I wore during the day yesterday for my super cute busking sesh with my band Vanishing Shapes. (We filmed the first few songs of our session, which I'll be uploading to our youtube channel later this evening.(We're also going to upload more frequently, so if you love our kooky folk sound, you should totes subscribe))

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Now, the main reason we busked yesterday was as a warmup for our gig in the evening with Spencer Scott, Thrasher Polka and The Dead Maggies, which is also the reason you're getting 2 outfit photos today!

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We had such a blast playing with all of these fab musicians and I suggest you check them all out!

Spencer Scott is simply a boy with a guitar, singing about life, and what wonderful song they are. His performances are always super fun, super energetic, and the two times I've seen him, he's left myself (and the rest of the audience) full of the feels.

Thrasher Polka make music that sounds like their band name. They are a folk punk band, and although their music isn't compositionally the most brilliant, their performance more than makes up for it.

Finally the Dead Maggies (who's tour we were all supporting that evening) entertained us greatly with their brilliant Tasmanian Folk Punk.  Basically, they sing about real life dead people from the convict era of Tasmanian History. Their performance was full of energy, and I look forward to playing with them in the future. (their lead singer also plays a metal clarinet, which is weird to listen to and extraordinarily weird to look at.)

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