August 11th-14th: A Little Bit of Light Tour Leg 1: Victoria and Adelaide - Ben Grounds
Flying gave us the luxury of late awakenings and new Taragos. Setting up in Geelong and a fellow walks in off the street and asks if we need lights done – he’s a proper lighting professional in the lighting industry, he tells us. Needs to work on his presentation…Matt (Matt Handley and the Dagger Stares, touring compadres) gives him a direct no. Jamie likes the idea, engages with the man. Discourages busy lights though. Professional assures no busy light show tonight – he’s already drunk too much beer and smoked too much pot. He does the lights when we soundcheck – much too busy – Jamie tells him to slow down…he goes away and we never see him again.
12/8/05 Angelsea and Melbourne
Warwick – photographer extraordinaire – directs us south onto the rugged, beautiful coast. Leads us through the headland heath to the cliffs’ edge. Cliff backs an abandoned, stretching beach, buffed by a bitterly cold westerly. ‘Very Bluebottle Kiss’, he says. Directs us to stand here and there. We’re the notes, he the composer. The cliff his instrument. Directs us closer. Closer. Creases in the cliff showing the next chunk destined for the beach. Us on the wrong side of the crease. Laughing nervously.
Jive is a cool little venue with mezzanine et al. Adelaide versus Adelaide in Australian Football League. AFL versus BBK in entertainment tonight. We play late for an upper hand. We play well. Judges undecided. Good for the game, they say. We think we have it – AFL (ex)player watching us.