Its been a little while since I've been to the Stag and theres been a few nice changes. The food is great! They have put in a crowd Barrier which is handy when shooting and speaking to Buzz theres a few more nice changes to come. the place is a lot more pleasant to be in now.
Not sure if it was the new revamped stag or psychedelic metal band The Archaic Revival's incense but the place never smelt so good.
1st band The Archaic Revival were good having not heard of them before. Its always cool to see a leading singer on the drums not always the best to photograph though. The Bass Player was nuts pulling some crazy faces these guys were pretty solid and the crowd were digging them.
Red Bee Started their set with newys I Alone and Chokehold. As usual it was a super high energy set with the building crowd getting amongst it. These guys get tighter every time I see them. Unfortunately Roadkill has been taken off the set list the last few gigs to make way for the new songs but they have so many crackers to full up their set. Angelo's School of Arms is always insane and the crowd always goes nuts, You know the one Heavy part quiet part then that crazy breakdown!. I look forward to working with these guys through the year on some stuff.
Ive Been A fan of Full Scale Revolution since I saw them Support Cog around 2004 at the Annandale Hotel and they blew them away and I'm a big Cog fan! Seen them a few times since then and Followed Frontman Ezekiel Ox's move to Mammal, The Nerve and Over Reactor when the band split. But his best work is with Full Scale and I was pretty excited to see them.
After a subtle bow to the crowd They started off with Crowd favourite Party Political and it was on from there. They sounded good! They seemed heavier, tighter and Angrier than ever. New Bassist and drummer fitted in so well with Jimmy and Zeke. Man it was good to see them live again. Empty Texas and here comes the weekend were intense! They Played the controversial 1949 and gave a big "Fuck you"! to Sony, Which was also the name of the Tour.
Ezekiel Ox always has the crowd in his hands and Ive always said he is Australia's best front man. He spent a lot of the gig in the crowd amognst the crazed punters and was on some big jumping dudes shoulders getting thrown about. This was one of the best gigs I've been to in a while one of the hottest too. Ive been listening to these guys pretty much everyday since. He spoke about a possible new album which is pretty exciting.
Met up with Zeke after the show and he was nice enough to take time out have a chat and sign one of my prints and give me a big o'l hug.
Now with Cog making a comeback tour this year id love to see Full Scale join Sleepmakeswaves on tour and bring it back were it all stated for me. That would make me a happy Chaffey.
Check out some shots below....
The Archaic Revival