Newcastle metal band Take My Soul have hit the ground running since forming in July last year and have been gigging solidly ever since, winning fans along the way.
They released debut single The Fall in February.
Soundbites caught up with guitarist Hamish Unahi ahead of their gig at The Small Ballroom tonight (May 17) supporting Secrets (US). He will hit the stage with bandmates James Strezov, Chris Hix, Chris Eshman and Ben Rudder.
How did the band form? I was recording some music I had written at James’ Studio 1618. James liked the music and added some vocals as an exercise and the results were something that needed to be explored further. Take My Soul is the end product. All members have played in bands in Newcastle over the years and had some success but have bonded over similar work ethics and a love of playing and sharing music.
How long until you scored your first gig? We played our first gig nine months after coming together. This was in March at The Small Ballroom with Central Coast band Lycanthrope who have been beyond helpful and supportive to us.
Do you have any music influences? Plenty of diverse influences, but mainly quality Australian bands inspire us – the likes of Polaris, Northlane, In Hearts Wake, Karnivool and Parkway Drive.
Where did you record your EP and how long did it take? Our EP, due to be released in June, was recorded between Sawtooth studios and Studio 1618, both in Newcastle. It has taken about two months to record as we have done it bit by bit when we had spare time available, as we all work. Our full-length video was filmed locally by Joshua Holliday productions.
Is metal supported in Newcastle? I think the metal scene in Newcastle is steady with venues like The Small Ballroom, Hamilton Station Hotel, The Vault and The Cambridge leading the way. The Azzuri club has been great for all-ages shows, with the boys from Lost Light Bookings putting on shows regularly.
Catch Take My Soul at The Small Ballroom in Islington tonight (May 17) with Secrets, Liberties, Grim Indiana and Lost Without Life. They also play at The Vault on June 16.
New Bravo Victor video
Since releasing their EP in May last year Newcastle bass and voice duo Bravo Victor have been putting in the hard yards up and down the East Coast. Fire and Ice has become a crowd favourite at Bravo Victor’s gigs and the duo has released a live video of the song. You can watch it online at theherald.com.au.
Bassist and jazz traditionalist Jonathon Burgess and classically trained vocalist Sophie Aked like to put genres in a blender and press the button. They met in 2013 while studying a Bachelor of Music at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.
Angus Gill has released single Hands Are Clean from his debut album Nomad which peaked at No.13 on the ARIA Country Album Charts. He co-wrote the song with Drew McAlister and says it emphasises the importance of never judging people on appearance alone. No stranger to the touring circuit, the 20-year-old 2017 Toyota Star Maker finalist has a show booked at Lizotte’s Newcastle on July 11. Tickets are on sale now.
Folk legend returns
The Newcastle Herald was the first in town to broadcast the Bob Dylan tour announce on Monday and, as expected, it has been met with enthusiasm by his legions of Australian fans. The legendary folk singer-songwriter last performed in Newcastle 15 years ago. He returns to Newcastle Entertainment Centre on March 22. Tickets are on sale May 23 through Ticketek.
Stoner rockers on a roll
Tumbleweed have announced a national tour but unfortunately Newcastle didn’t make the cut. You can catch them on July 21 at Marrickville Bowling Club with guests The Pink Fits + The Electric Guitars + Enfant Terrible.
Brand new blues festival
The inaugural Howling Moon Festival will bring the best home-grown blues talent to Port Macquarie over the June long weekend. Headlining the festival is Newcastle’s own Pat Capocci, one of Australia’s most respected rockabilly and roots artists. Joining him at the Black Duck Brewery on June 10 is Papa Pilko and the Binrats, Shaun Kirk, Karl S Williams, Claude Hay Band, Ghost Road, Reggie D, Roy Rose and Phil Harmonics, Josesphs Coat, Pam Hata, Dusty Soul, Ruby Blunt, Slippery Gypsees and Dan Hopkins. Tickets are on sale now at oztix.com.au.
Jet prompt Vines reunion
Jet and The Vines toured together the US in 2004 and became firm friends. After their 2018 Get Re-Born tour was announced, Jet asked The Vines to support them at their two Sydney shows. Unfortunately they will not be joining Jet at NEX Newcastle on May 29. Maybe if we ask nicely?