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Alithia – Fallen Times music video

21 Sep

A few months back I worked as camera op on a video clip that Niel Bilas directed for the Melbourne band Alithia. The track is Fallen Times and the track was launched at the Pony Bar on sat 19/05/12, where they also launched their national tour.

Neils has done a fantastic job with this clip and its always fun being on one of his shoots. There is always some oddity mixed in with intensity on Neils shoots and for me this time around it was his fake eyeballs that he’d made being eaten and played with. These things looked so real and so very gross on set and they came up great in the final edit, you can check them out in the clip at 2:32 min. You can find one of Neils early short films here

Here’s what Alithia have to say on their MySpace page

ALITHIA is a band at the forefront of a new movement in music known as ASTRAL SPACE CORE. More than simply a genre or musical tag, ASTRAL SPACE CORE taps into the chakra and connects the cosmic consciousness of its listener. More than just words and musical strokes, ASTRAL SPACE CORE reflects a world we live in where unlimited possibilities of the mind are being explored. Influenced by post modernism, ALITHIA incorporates a vast array of sounds, and philosophies into its ground-breaking sound. ALITHIA’s music is a celebration of life and death, darkness and light, confusion and clarity. It’s a sound based on personal and spiritual experiences which has become an open vessel for all who wish to join them on their journey. . The result is an authentically unique sound that combines ambient, melodic, psychadelic, electronic and punk rock music. ALITHIA plays from the core of its being, conjuring ætheric moments in time and space inspired by the beauty of the mysticism of the universe.

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ALITHIA are a Melbourne based band which formed in 2004 and has since experimented to establish its current sound. Many artists have come and gone, but through these shared experiences, the group has gained strength and musical diversity. The core members – John Rousvanis, Danny Constantino and Mark Vella – have evolved and honed Alithia’s craft into ever expanding musical boundaries and have now established its musical maturity. ALITHIA’s live shows are an undeniably atmospheric and hypnotic experience. The music flows openly and freely, taking the listener on a journey of shared self-expression. The costumes, theatre and energy in an ALITHIA performance stimulates all of the senses and takes the listener to another plane and makes them part of the experience. ALITHIA are a band leading the ASTRAL SPACE CORE musical movement. Unique, personal and honest, ALITHIA does not bend to the whims of fashion. Regardless of passing trends, ALITHIA is committed to crafting songs like spells – a bewitching sound and sonic vibration that echoes through time and space.

You can find copies of their albums and tee-shirts here

Winterun Live @ The East Brunswick Club

24 Aug

Below the shallows of mainstream music there lie’s an alternative scene running rich and deep. Having spent the last 10 years building a strong clan within this healthy community in Australia and abroad, Winterun now lure you Into The Underground.

These videos are from a DVD released by Two Tap Tv in 2008 and comprise of a full multicam production of the launch of “Into the Underground” filmed at the East Brunswick Club on 19th October, 2007.

Like a Truckload of log set loose down a mountainside, Winterun are a rolling blend of infectious heavy rock. Raw energy, beers, big dirty rifts, grooves and stomp is what’s to be expected. Captured beautifully by Two Tap Tv, you’re guaranteed you wont miss a drop of sweat.

Play List

Break The Black Box
Spitfire
Beautiful Day
Dirty Sky
Diabhal (Prattle Battle)
Healer (still to be added)
Forgotten Good? (still to be added)
Pony (still to be added)
Sucker for Punishment (still to be added)
Lochran Aigh Nam Bochd (still to be added)
Heavy Rain (still to be added)
Down Driver (still to be added)
Stompa (still to be added)

This DVD was the first live multicam production that Two Tap Tv turned into a full commercially released DVD and was launched at the first “Red Carpet Night” at Kent St Bar on Smith St Fitzroy in January 2008. This still remains one of the most rewarding projects I’ve completed, the band members have become good friends of mine and are still producing some of the best heavy rock in Melbourne. I recently caught up with the Winterun clan at their gig at the Tote and I have begun to think that with this being their 10th year as a band that it might be time for a Winterun retrospective doco.

Here is an early interview conducted by Ben Pitcher early in the beginnings of his freelance enterprise, Melbourne Rock City

Winterun have been a part of Two Tap since the beginnings, I remember sitting with Oriel at the bar of “Labour In Vain” on Brunswick St where she introduced me to Nick Dunstan, lead singer of Winterun. Over the course of an arvo the three of us bounced idea’s around about how to film bands, what we wanted to achieve with our new production business, talked about music, bands and eventually settled on the name for this new enterprise. Two Tap Tv! One of the first projects we tackled with the newly formed Two Tap crew was a film clip of Winteruns new single “Stompa”.

We filmed this at iconic late night rock venue Pony Bar I found it so satisfying to see that well known pony skeleton at the back of the stage through the lens of my camera, Melbourne has some legendary stages and for me the Pony’s is right up there. The film clip was a mixture of set shots filmed during the arvo and live footage from much later on in the night. True to form the Winterun Clan came out and the Pony was as wild as I’ve ever scene it. Plaster was falling from the roof and the dance floor was an inch deep with spilt beer as the crowd thrashed out and hair was flying. The film clip came out a treat and was our first to be broadcast on Rage, another long held dream of mine and a thrill to see your work on telly at 4:30 am. So for me Nick and Winterun have been there right from the beginning of my freelance career and I always look forward to the chance to work with them and surround my self in their heavy groove filled sound.

With 2011 seeing the release of their new EP “Shadow” and a full length album slated for release later in the year, stay tuned for more rumblings from the underground.

Cover art for Winterun's 2011 EP release