By Danger Coolidge
Unbelievably Bad Editor
Rod Hunt has been shooting the shit out of rock and punk and metal bands since he was a kid in the eighties.
His picture archive is so huge he can barely keep track of it. Trust me, I know this better than anyone. I’m always on Rod’s back about needing this pic or that pic – because, invariably, he does have pics of almost everyone… somewhere!
Even just a quick list of pics he’s contributed to Unbelievably Bad zine is enough to bring a tear to the fisheye of any budding rock snapper: Stooges, Hard-Ons, The Stabs, The Deadwalk!, Massappeal, Nashville Pussy, Mindsnare, Blood Duster, The Blurters, Harpoon, Sadistik Exekution, Celtic Frost, Lubricated Goat, Napalm Death, Turbonegro, Municipal Waste, Rose Tattoo, The Hellmenn, Extortion, Powder Monkeys, Jay Reatard, The Dirtbombs, Swans, King Khan, Jello Biafra, The Dwarves, Eyehategod, DRI, James Baker, Kim Salmon and on it goes…
From February 16 to 26, Rod’s fine lens work will be on display at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown, Sydney. Entitled Portraits, Pits & Punks, it should be a flash affair so zoom on down there and be snappy about it and that’s it I’m out of shit camera references.
Rod talked about some of his shots in Unbelievably Bad #14, and here’s an excerpt…
“Keith Morris, never got to photograph him until Off! came to Australia. It was a bit of a big deal for me because I’m a Circle Jerks and Black Flag fan. I don’t know if this was their first or second tour because both times they played the Annandale. He’s still got a really good stage presence. He doesn’t move much onstage but he’s pretty intense and he pulls all kinds of facial expressions like this bug-eyed look.”
“This was at the Gaelic Club the first time Turbonegro came out to Australia in 2005. It’s obviously back when Hank [von Helvete] was on vocals. I shot this on film – I didn’t buy a digital camera until just after that. The original pic is pretty grainy but I love the shot.”
“SHACKLΣS is a great Australian powerviolence band. This is a photo taken earlier this year of Stooks the drummer – good drummer, good tattooist, good guy. I like this photo because they’d just played a great gig at Black Wire Records and about a minute later he grabbed a beer and he’s just chillin’ out. He looks really relaxed but he’s just played this brutal gig.”
“This was shot at the Metro one of the two times that Dinosaur came out with the original line-up. I had to get a photo of J Mascis with his massive ridiculous stack of amps behind him. They were so stupidly loud, it was great. When they start you think they’re loud and then he stomps on a pedal and they just double in volume. Even with earplugs in it was loud.”
“Gentle Ben up on a table at the Sando. Six Ft Hick are always a great band to photograph. Ben and Geoff Corbett are such crazy frontmen. They’re probably one of the best bands to photograph live because they’re always moving, always doing something ridiculous. I’ve got heaps of good photos of them it was hard to just pic one.”
“This was the last time Melvins came out and they played at the Hi-Fi in Sydney with Helmet. They were really great that night, two-drummer line-up, massive. I also shot portraits of Buzzo recently when he came out and did the solo tour, which may feature in UB at some stage.” [NOTE: They did, in issue #15]
“Killing Joke at the Metro on their most recent tour. I photographed them when they first came back and toured Australia, back when Paul Raven was still around. They are powerful live and Jaz [Coleman] is really great to photograph; he’s really expressive and charismatic. He’s got those big bug-eyes that make for good photos.”
“This was shot at Newtown RSL on the second Hellacopters tour of Australia. It was a good gig and they are really good at pulling all the classic rock ’n’ roll poses. This is one of my favourite photos and one that really sticks in my mind. I’ve got some other favourites photos from their first tour when they played The Iron Duke – I shot that one on black and white film.”
Rod Hunt: Portraits, Pits & Punks is on at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock Street, Camperdown from February 16 to 26.
More information at rodhunt.com.au