Snap Scene: The Heartache State, Caravan Music Club – Sun 5th Nov 2017

Justin Garner & Nick Barker have been playing together on and off for 15 years – Nick producing Justin’s band Southpaw’s debut album and Justin playing on Nick’s last solo record (Blackwater Blues). 3 years ago they hunched over acoustic guitars and hammered a bunch of ideas into songs that became the Heartache State’s debut self titled album. Justin loves the Allman Bros, Nick loves the Replacements, every one likes the Stones so the band, with the addition of long time friend Venom on Drums and Michael Hubbard on Bass, is a collision of all.

2017 sees The Heartache State’s second album “Last of the Buffalo” venturing deeper down the same road.

“It was a bucket list thing in some ways, to record an album without a net if you will. We basically swapped ideas back and forth on our phones, then went into producer Shane O’Mara’s Yikesville studio without any arrangements or real format for the songs. Then we sort of jammed them into shape and recorded them, so what you hear is the 2-3 time the song has ever been played. It’s a very 70’s centric approach I guess and some of the endings do ramble on a but as Yikesville has a strict ‘no fade’ policy!!! But listening back now it was a great call and we love the bloody thing and couldn’t be prouder. We’re not reinventing the wheel… the old wheel still goes OK!”

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos,,,, She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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