As per usual around this time of year the Festival of Sydney is on which hosts all types of performing and visual arts, both national and international artists. Then on top of that a lot of Northern hemisphere bands like to tour the country in our summer to make the most of our weather (although we’ve had gail force winds and serious flooding in some parts lately). So in the span of about two weeks I have seen four bands, which also means I’m absouletly broke too.
It started off with the crazy, loveable Hives (see last post) and continued on with the following:
I missed them the first time they toured, and 15 years later (I think) they returned. It is not my favourite venue in town but beggars cant be choosers. The only best spot in that venue is down the front. Next time I might leave the inktense pencils at home as they didnt give me enough colour, and I will admit I added a bit more when I got home that night because I wasn’t satisfied.
It was also the start of a new sketchbook and it is really hard drawing on the left hand page while standing up with nothing to steady yourself or your book on, so I decided to leave the left page and I filled it in later that night.
They played a ballady-type number which meant they stood still for a little longer than normal, so I drew Brian and Rivers who were closest to me.
NORMAN BLAKE & JOE PERNICE
One of my all-time favourite bands is Teenage Fanclub, and Norman Blake is one of the lead singers/guitarist with them. They came out for the Festival of Sydney, so I decided on an impulse to go and see them perform at the Spiegeltent.
As it was the day after the Weezer concert, for once I was happy to see seats at a music show. I got up close but sat to the side as sitting front on isn’t always the best sketching angle.
I found the paper in this sketchbook isn’t overly suitable for watercolours (and colour inks) – it tends to absorb them and the saturation is quite murky. So I did another page with only pen. I love drawing hands, and being so close to the stage I could see their ‘fingering’ quite well. It was wonderful to draw – not sure if I drew them with any justice tho.
This was one of the most awesomest, fantabulous shows I’ve been to. Osaka Monaurail are a soul funk band inspired by the likes of James Brown, and as the name entails they are from Japan. They take everything that is cool and hot about soul music and play it like they were born in the 60s. Highly recommend seeing these guys live – heaps of fun and heaps of gettin’ down.
So my feet are buggered. Only have enough time to recuperate before I head off to Abu Dhabi, stay tuned for that story.
To check out any of these bands please click on the links.