Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Deaf Institute gig






Flying to Manchester tomorrow ready for the first Strays gig of the coming festive season. Should be a belter of a Friday night, with us and five other well touted acts playing High Voltage - an evening the Guardian newspapers city gig guide has tipped as night of the week in Manchester. If you're in the vicinity head to the Deaf Institute on Friday for some out there rock'n roll...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

FROM SHADOWS now available for pre-order!

FROM SHADOWS is now available for pre order exclusively from MAGIC SEAWEED
Book yourselves a slice of the madness in time for Xmas HERE!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

ONE YEAR ASTRAY

Here is a clip I've cut out of various pieces of film and footage we've shot at different STRAYS gigs and rehearsals over the last year. The tune is called Blind Beggar, it's the latest demo we've laid down, and it's my personal favourite so far, feeling the lyrics big time. Have a listen properly at our Myspace page. One year in and momentum feels stronger than ever for STRAYS, diving headfirst into the fray with mad gigs at the Deaf Institute on the 27th November, and the Ruby Lounge on the 11 December. Enjoy...


ONE YEAR ASTRAY from mickey smith on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

FROM SHADOWS Trailer V1.0

FROM SHADOWS Trailer v1.0 from mickey smith on Vimeo.


FROM SHADOWS is the bastard son of two long hectic Winters filming here in Ireland.

While its all well and good making documentaries and getting the ol grey matter inspired, we thought to ourselves, lets make a film that properly gets your blood boiling for a surf in the depths of the dark months.

Somethin you can throw on to psyche up for a mega Winter session, or to motivate yourself to get out and get into that frozen wetty for a session on an unfreindly day.

This is the first production from our collective alliance, Astray Films.

One full blast, simple, rockin rollercoaster ride through some of the heaviest waveriding Ireland has yet seen.

Available for pre order exclusively through Magic Seaweed, ready for general release mid December.

Stay tuned for framegrabs, Trailers 2 and 3, and more details as the project unfolds...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Corpse fronts Movement

Hells bells been a couplea mad days of weather here, Winters finally lookin like its turning up for the long haul. Spent the day locked inside yesterday, and saw that brother Thom Rob has nailed his first cover, fronting Movement mag, with a shot taken by none other than 16 year old Brandon Waleuw.
About bloody time for the corpse, and hellston, if I was shooting tech water gear this good when I was 16, I might even be out of debt by now! Massive shout outs to both the lads, well done boys, frrrrig yeahhhhh...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Breaking Ground at Luna Park


Breaking Ground at Luna Park from mickey smith on Vimeo.


This is a clip made up of footage I shot during our first mission to Luna Park back in the day.
These two sessions were where it earned its name and reputation.

Damian King had won the world title and I was working on his movie at the time. He got a call from Phil 'Toinzy' Gallagher, and within hours myself, Toby Player, Toinz and Kingy all met up in Melbourne. I think it was April 2003.

We drove for a while and met up with local lads Jason Hazle and Josh Barret. Then we drove for an even longer time into the middle of nowhere and finally peered over cliffs through trippy early morning light.

To put it bluntly, I shit myself immediately. The wave looked psychotic and there were giant close outs taking out the whole lineup. No real channel that I could make out. The sea looked angry and wild.

Kingy and Tobes were psyched regardless. Toinz was mad for it if they were. Hizzle and Barret didnt look convinced at all. I was confused but just had to suck it up and 'av it.

There were no skis, no safety in sight, just an isolated part of coast with life threatening waves, strong offshores, hectic seas and a few mates who were interested in riding them.

The two sessions we had out there were insane in the full sense of the word. Kingy and Tobes were charging so hard. It was incredible to be a part of. As these were the days before Digital took full hold of photography, Toinz kept having to swim in and out to the land to change rolls.

Eventually, after several close calls, our stint out there ended when I paddled over what had previously been a bomb to see a frickin gigantic set of close outs already pitching top to bottom outside the reef on both sides. Toby cackled next to me and shouted 'holy fuck we're fucked'. I was so scared I didnt even penetrate the water.

The set ended up smashing everyone into the rocks on the inside. Toinz went tumbling over the rocks. Kingy was even screaming for help at one point. Tobes was just laughing like a madman. I kept swimming for the horizon. It was chaos, beautiful chaos.

The photographs Toinz shot made the cover of Movement issue 2. My footage culminated the heaviest section in Kingys first film. That session changed the way I thought about shooting heavy waves. The waves, the lads and the experience gave me belief in myself that I didnt have before.

Here are most of the clips from those two mad sessions. Although folk have done all sorts of far crazier things since, the stuff the lads were doing out there back then was pretty damn ground breaking for the time.

Cheers to King, Tobes, Hizzle and Toinz for the inspiration...