Album review: Closing Forever Sky by Firekites

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Saturday 9 August 2014

For many others, and myself six years is a long time to wait for a follow up release; but sometimes life just gets in the way. This is the considered answer from Timothy McPhee (front man, guitar wizard and in house producer) over his mug of hot water, lemon and ginger as we take refuge […]

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Firekites music video: Same Suburb Different Park

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Sunday 3 March 2013

Firekites, my favourite Australian band, are set to follow-up the release of 2008’s The Bowery with some new material very soon. But, looking back, one of the best tracks off The Bowery is Same Suburb Different Park. If you haven’t heard it, you need to, and if you haven’t seen the video clip, you haven’t […]

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Roderick Smith opens Deities, A Very Human Occupation

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Events on Wednesday 3 October 2012

Roderick Smith, an artist and musician based in Newcastle, Australia, has opened an exhibition in his Georgetown studio. Since June 2012, Smith has been creating the works between his day job as a solicitor and his solo and collaborative musical efforts. Opening night was held in conjunction with Partridge Wines and one of Smith’s sound installations provided a very interesting soundtrack.

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Chalkboard animation on Firekites video for Autumn Story

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By Zolton in New Music on Tuesday 15 February 2011

I caught up with Rod Smith from Firekites last night and he assured me a new Firekites album is in the works, pleasing news for any fan of the band’s hypnotically rhythmic acoustic melancholy. This track, from their debut, The Bowery, was accompanied by a brilliant video by Yanni Kronenberg and Lucinda Schreiber.

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Rod Smith’s collages

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By Zac in New Art on Thursday 23 December 2010

I’m loving the collages from Newcastle artist, musician and lawyer, Rod Smith. Fronting one of my favourite bands, Firekites, Smith spends his spare time collecting bits and pieces of inspiration to craft a visually compelling piece of modern art. The end result reflects an artist who understands colour and when to stop.

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Our Inspiring Friend: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini

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By Zolton in New Products on Monday 27 September 2010

Our friends at Sony Ericsson asked us what inspires us. We responded with this series of portraits featuring a couple of our favourite Australian creative types, and one of the members of the Lost At E Minor team. All of them are pioneers of new ideas: Tim McPhee is one half of the ethereal folk pop group Firekites; Gillian Bencke creates wonderfully creative and quirky handmade dolls; and Zac Zavos, a Lost At E Minor co-founder, was named one of Sydney’s Creative Catalysts. We asked each of them to tell us their creative inspirations, which you’ll see next to each of their portraits. At the same time, we were lucky enough to play with Sony Ericsson’s new Xperia™ X10 mini smartphone. [Photos, concept and art direction by Tim Neve]

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Mini to the Max

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By Casper Johansson in New Fashion on Friday 11 September 2009

Disney meets couture in The Spring Issue of The Junction + Darby The Magazine, a free zine published in Newcastle, Australia that aims to capture the best in fashion, art and life from the region in general by Lost At E Minor fashion contributor Tim Neve. Out of the dress up box from Abicus comes new season shorty-shorts, nautical stripes and preppy cuts (a’ la Mini Mouse). The fashion and styling whimsically mixing childhood nostalgia with rock attitude, embracing the playfulness of the Australian Spring.

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Rod Smith’s card designs

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By Zolton in New Design on Friday 24 July 2009

Founding member of the ethereal Newcastle acoustic band, Firekites, Rod Smith is also a designer and artist. His latest project involves collage works, bringing together vintage papers with everyday objects. Of the project, he says: ‘I started collecting and collating bits and bobs, everything from magazines and yellowing paperbacks, to Japanese lolly wrappers and ticket stubs. Catching my eye were colour palettes and text-based references, taking on profound qualities or referencing things relevant to me at the time. Each card has a story. Sometimes it takes me a while to like them, so I keep working until they make sense. I might use the same materials for a few cards, but each one eventually finds its own identity. I’ve settled on cards as my medium for the time being. On a card, I do have limited room to explore themes, but people can feel the textures and smell the glue. I also like that cards have the random potential of being displayed or thrown away with wrapping paper’.

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Firekites’ Chalk animation

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By Mike Daly in Video on Monday 27 April 2009

This beautiful clip for the Australian band Firekites consists of 1910 individual chalk drawings. It took co-directors Lucinda Schreiber and Yanni Kronenberg six-months to complete the project from start to finish. Every day, after shooting, their bodies and laptops were covered in chalk dust. Looking at the end result, though, I’m sure it was all […]

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