Chocolate Elephants

Recording The last 3 days have been completely mental. I've played so much music, listened to so much other music and met so many great people! It's also meant I've barely been home which is why I'm posting these outfit photo's I took on Thursday at my band mate from Button Collective's house.


The craziness all started Thursday. I taught in the morning, then trained it down to Jake's place to finish the flute parts for the upcoming Button Collective release. Once that was all done and dusted we made our way to the Sly fox hotel in Enmore for gig 1/3 We played with two other bands: Echo Deer (who are a bit folky, a bit bluesy and a teeny bit country) and Swamp Fat Jangles (who are a bit folky, a bit grungy and all the right kinds of nuts). I may have also ended up on the last train home (which meant I returned home at an ungodly hour - my house was about an hour and a half away from the venue)

Taking it off

Friday I had a rehearsal with Vanishing Shapes (we're currently writing all of the music which is super fun!) Once that was finished I made the 3 hour treck down the train line to Sydney to play gig 2/3 at the Gaelic Club. The Gaelic club is an amazing space. It's an inconspicuous building near central station and is a dedicated Irish Cultural Center. I spent a good bit of time before the gig just chilling out on the balcony playing/ learning traditional tunes with strangers. It was such fun! The gig was brilliant as well. We played with three execellent artists/bands; Dominic Youdan (who was a folky solo act), Jon Cotton and the Book Keepers (They had a cool indie/vintagey sound going on) and Bears with Guns  (I'm not really sure how to describe their sound. It was kind of indie, kind of folky, but kind of not all at the same time) all of whom were really freaking good.

Swishy Skirt

Saturday saw gig 3/3 at Corridor for Ess-em's birthday bash. (She's also a brilliant musician, so you should totally check her out) The Day started with a Vanishing Shapes Jam in the park near the venue, which was sick. We had two of the Button Collective join us for a jam as well (we did a bit of band inbreeding at the gig, seeing as we were both playing). We also ended up in a different bands music video footage (I can't remember the name of the band, but I'm sure I'll post about it later) Scarlete's Revenge opened the evening with their mad as hell Pirate folk. Their performance was hella amazing (as was their ability to almost literally play on top of each other). Vanishing Shapes played second, and at the end of our set, Brodie and Quinton from the Button Collective jumped up for Danz Mustata. Having accordian and mandolin really thickened the sound. The Button Collective played last and played a really long set (usually when we play long sets we'd have a break in the middle, but we powered through this one!) It was so great being able to play a gig with V Shapes and Button Collective. All of my musical family was in the same place :D


I did rest a bit today (although, part of my "rest" was starting to pack up all my things in boxes). Work starts back again this week as well (I don't teach much during the school holidays). I'm glad that uni is still on break, otherwise I don't think I'd be able to recover from the 3 gigs in 3 nights.