“After Marc died there was no band and there was never going to be one,” explains Marc’s brother and bassist Todd Hunter. “I did soundtrack work for ten years and at the end of that time I just felt like the songs needed to be played again, and I got a bit lonely for the Dragon songs.”
As in the world of originals, you need a few things to fall your way if you want to be a successful cover band. Arguably, you need a little more. Playing songs people know and love can be a gamble, as we tend to be protective of songs we hold dear. Wooshka seem to be doing things just right.
It is steeped in blues music folklore that Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi; and on a pilgrimage to the site, Dreamboogie kind of did the same thing. Lucky for them they did, because this allowed them to cheat death after their tour van nearly went off the edge of a cliff whilst on tour in Phillip Island.
In the digital age where all the bands vie for the top spot on the iTunes or ARIA Chart, it’s easy to forget about older mediums and the days gone by; enjoying an album for its entirety instead of just hitting ‘skip track’ in iTunes. April 19th marks Record Store Day for 2014, which has over the past few years led to a resurgence in vinyl records through special releases and reissues available on the day.
Starting work in an unfamiliar city may be daunting for some but for Jamie Smith, the new general manager at Courthouse ARTS, it’s a welcome change. “I love the fact that I know a little bit about Geelong but not too much. It’s like an adventure, and that’s why I love travelling so much,” Jamie says. “I’ve moved to cities that I’ve known nothing about, so this feels like another adventure.”
The name Juan Alban should be one that is all too familiar with the Forte readership. For those unfamiliar with his name though, Alban fronted a little band called Epicure, who was one of the most successful through the 2000s in the Australian music scene. Last year Alban released his debut solo record entitled Dr Pelican on Holiday!, and if you remember reading the review for it, I said that it was a cracking acoustic and relaxing listen.
Laura Palmer is a band built on a love for Twin Peaks, strong songwriting, and badass pop/punk. Since forming in mid-2013, the band has slowly built a platform of touring extensively in support of the likes of Snuff, Off with Their Heads and Paper Arms. I spoke to lead guitarist/singer Niam about the upcoming tour with the USA’s The Slow Death and the release of their forthcoming EP.
There is sure to be the odd reader out there who has imagined themselves as a rock star. While some may only live the dream within their imagination, others set out to make things a reality. We had the great pleasure to sit down with Jesse Thorson, a guy who certainly falls into the latter category.
Ash Grunwald has been a busy man: two albums in the past two and a half years, recording and touring with two thirds of The Living End, and playing gigs in Canada, around Australia and soon in the USA – a very hectic schedule for a man who considers himself “lazy”.
Australia’s Got Talent sensation Justice Crew is coming to Geelong as part of their national #HYPETOUR. The dance troupe’s recent successes include their platinum singles ‘Boom Boom’, ‘Best Night’ and ‘Everybody’, two previous nationwide tours, and representing Australia at the ABU TV Song Festival in Vietnam last year. Founding member Len Pearce says their music is intended to make people feel good about themselves.