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NOOSA CRICKS JEEP FESTIVAL OF SURFING 2013 GALLERIES:
Updated – 19/02/2013
NOTE: PJ Burns Festival Village features Zinc Stage, Zinc Screen and XXXX Summer Beach Bar. All entertainment is free, bar is licensed all ages.
Saturday 9 March
9am-4pm ‘Jeeps on the Beach’ Northshore Safari with the Disabled Surfers Association
4-5pm Expression Session, First Point
4-8pm XXXX Summer Beach Bar open for competitor registration, live music presented by Zinc. DJ ROLAND WEST.
5.30-7.30pm Sponsor thank you cocktail (private function)
Sunday 10 March
9am-12pm Classic Malibu Tag Team Challenge Round 1
10am-8pm PJ Burns Festival Village and Surf Expo, First Point
3-8pm XXXX Summer Beach Bar Open
3-4pm Surftech 5K Battle of the Paddle Race, First Point course
4-4.30pm Legends Exhibition, First Point
4.30-5pm VetshopAustralia.com.au Dog Surfing Spectacular
5.15-5.30pm SUPS Presentations
5.30-6.15pm Opening Ceremony and Paddle Out
6.30-8pm Live music BAND OF FREQUENCIES.
Monday 11 March
7am-5pm Surfing: Sunshine Coast Airport Family Challenge Rd 1 & 2, Laguna Bay Logger Pro Rd 1, Classic Malibu Mens Amateur Open Rd 1, Deus Mens Over 60s Rd 1.
Expo open all day, bar opens 4pm. Live music by Zephyr 5-6PM
6pm-9pm BIG WAVES, BIG HEARTS. NIGHTRIDER FEATURING MARK VISSER, STORM SURFERSFEATURING TOM CARROLL, ROSS CLARKE JONES. HEART-STOPPING BIG WAVE RIDING ON THE BEACH SCREEN, WITH MARK, TOM AND ROSS IN CONVERSATION LIVE ON STAGE. A NIGHT YOU’LL NEVER FORGET.
Tuesday 12 March
7am-5pm Surfing. Laguna Bay Logger Rd 2, Smyths Mens Over 55 Rd 1 & 2, Quiver Kaddy Mens Over 50 Rd 1 & 2, Sebel Mens Over 40 Rd 1, Classic Malibu Mens Open Amateur Rd 2, Laguna Bay Logger Rd 3, Deus Mens Over 60s Rd 2.
Expo open all day, bar opens 4pm, live music with Peter Howe and Tim Gaze.
6-8pm RUSTY MILLER BOOK LAUNCH, MUSIC, MOVIES PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS.
Wednesday 13 March
7am-5pm Surfing. Hogs Breath Mens Over 65s Rd 1, Seaglass Finless Pro Rd 1, Golden Breed Noserider Pro Rd 1, World Surfaris/Ocean Divine Womens Pro Rd 1 & 2, Cricks Noosa Womens Amateur Open Rd 1, Laguna Bay Logger Pro semis and final.
Expo open all day, bar opens 4pm, 5 pm Zumba with Nella, music presented by Zinc from 6pm, plus DJ ROLAND WEST.
5.30-7.30 Tourism Noosa Hospitality Night (private function)
Thursday 14 March
7am-5pm Surfing. Deus Mens Over 60s Rd 3, Smyths Mens Over 55s Rd 3, Quiver Kaddy Mens Over 50s Rd 3, Cricks Noosa Womens Amateur Open Rd 2 & 3, Golden Breed Noserider Pro Rd 2, Classic Malibu Mens Amateur Open Rd 3, Cricks Noosa Senior Womens Rd 1, Mens 50s and 65s rep finals.
Expo open all day, bar opens 4pm, live music with ZAC GUNTHORPE, 6pm.
Friday 15 March
7am-5pm Surfing. JOEL TUDOR DUCT TAPE INVITATIONAL RD 1, Pacific Longboarder Boys Under 18, Beachmutt Boys Under 15, PJ Burns Girls Under 18, Classic Malibu Team Challenge Rd 2, World Surfaris/Ocean Divine Womens semis, Seaglass Finless semi finals, Golden Breed Noserider Pro semis, Deus Mens Over 60s rep final, Smyths Mens Over 55s rep final, Mens and Womens Amateur Open rep finals, Family Challenge semi finals.
Expo open all day, bar opens 3pm, 5pm Zumba with Nella, music WITH DJ ROLAND WEST
1pm-6pm SURF SWAP MEET & COLLECTORS CORNER
4-6PM DEUS EX MACHINA MEETS THE SHAPERS
6.30-7pm DEUS MOVIE
7-7.45PM THE OTCHKIES
8-8.30PM VANS PRESENTATION
8.30-10pm PETE CULLEN & THE SALTWATER COWBOYS LIVE
Saturday 16 March
7am-3pm JOEL TUDOR DUCT TAPE INVITATIONAL semis and final. All remaining finals plus tandem and Vegemite Surf Groms exhibition.
Expo open all day, bar opens 3pm
3.30-9.30pm Pressos and huge party in the Beach Bar. DANCIN’ MUSIC WITH DJ ROLAND, TIM GAZE TRIO, ZAC GUNTHORPE, REV SUNDAY & HEAPS MORE
9-12PM AFTER PARTY AT CAFÉ LE MONDE WITH THE TIM GAZE TRIO
Three of the world’s most courageous and outrageous big wave riders will show their films and tell their stories at one of the biggest nights of free entertainment at the Noosa Cricks Festival of Surfing on Monday, March 11.
Two-times world champion Tom Carroll and his big wave partner Ross Clarke Jones, both Australian Surfing Hall of Famers, will present their hit movie, Storm Surfers, while Sunshine Coast extreme adventurer Mark Visser will present his amazing documentary, Nightrider. After the screenings on the big screen at PJ Burns Festival Village, all three big wave heroes will join Festival director Phil Jarratt for an inspirational chat session about what it takes to ride huge waves.
Said Jarratt: “We’re incredibly excited to be presenting a night like this. Not only are these two films the most exciting depictions of big wave riding I’ve ever seen, but the three surfers are the most inspiring individuals in the sport. Mark is just continually pushing the envelope and Tom and Ross are simply writing another chapter to their stellar careers. These guys put their lives on the line every monster swell, but they’re not glory seekers and they don’t have a death wish. They are simply driven to be the best at what they do. I think they’ll have plenty of life lessons to give to surfers of all ages.”
Jeep ambassador Mark Visser overcame all odds to successfully ride four huge waves at Jaws on Maui in the middle of the night of January 20, 2011. The resulting documentary, Nightrider, is the first part of a series called Nine Lives. Mark is currently waiting on a Southern Ocean monster swell to complete the series by parachuting onto a mid-ocean reef.
Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke Jones, two of the best-loved figures in Australian surfing, have seen Storm Surfers become a huge multi-media hit, with theatre showings in 3-D, games and apps available and a DVD version coming out in March. They are now working on new extreme adventures.
Big Waves, Big Hearts will be a free all-ages event, with proceeds from a gold coin collection and celebrity auction going to the Festival’s designated charity.
Mooloolaba-based World Surfaris, one of the world’s leading surf travel companies, has come on board for the 2013 festival with what many believe is the best competitor draw prize in the event’s history – an Ocean Divine luxury Maldives boat charter trip for two, flying Singapore Airlines.
Announcing the new sponsorship, festival director Phil Jarratt said he was thrilled to see a local company put together such a great prize, valued at $9,350 and available over a two-year period. “It’s a dream prize for surfers of all ages, an opportunity to surf some of the best waves in the world with a small group of fellow passengers while soaking up the beauty of the Maldives atolls from an exquisite boat. This is a real plus for our competitors because remember, you’ve got at least a one in 500 chance of winning.”
World Surfaris managing director Shaun Levings said he was delighted to be a major sponsor of the festival (World Surfaris will take over the prestigious women’s pro event) and to be offering the Ocean Divine charter as first prize. “This is the kind of surf trip that surfers dream about – suitable for all ages and all levels of ability, and travelling in a small group with wonderful hosts David and Gaelle Mesnard. David is a renowned free diver and a great all-round waterman who ensures that every trip is an aquatic adventure you’ll never forget.”
Every competitor entry in the Noosa Crick’s Jeep Festival of Surfing is worth one ticket in the World Surfaris draw, plus competitors can earn more chances by filling in the competitor survey (coming in January) and through beach bar loyalty cards. There are still plenty of entry slots open in most divisions so enter online today.
The Noosa Crick’s Jeep Festival of Surfing Beach Bar will take on a distinctly golden hue next March with XXXX Summer Bright Lager taking naming rights sponsorship. The Lion Group’s popular party beer will be offered on tap at an expanded, new look bar and entertainment area, part of the PJ Burns Festival Village. Draft Summer Bright will be the flagship beer, sold along with other Lion products such as XXXX Gold, and premium wine and mixed spirits drinks from Lion affiliates.
Festival manager Sam Smith said she was delighted with the Summer Bright deal. “It’s a great beer that people of all ages, guys and girls enjoy, and being able to serve it on tap on the beach is a real bonus. The input of the XXXX team, plus some great new ideas the PJ Burns team have for the overall look of the bar, is really going to make it a great headquarters for the festival.”
The XXXX Summer Bright Lager Beach Bar will be open each day of the festival during afternoon and sundown hours, enabling people to watch the last surfing heats of the day in one direction and live music and movies on the Zinc Stage in the other. Full entertainment program will be released in early December.
The VetshopAustralia.com.au Dog Surfing Spectacular is back at the Noosa Festival in 2013. Wanna turn that puppy into a fully stoked grom? Email us at email@example.com for an info pack on how you can be part of this fun event.
Logger, Noserider, Women’s Pro and Finless
The biggest pro surfing division in several years will attract the world’s best longboarders to the Noosa Crick’s Jeep Festival of Surfing next March. The festival’s four money events open for on-line entries at the festival website this week, along with teams events and the stand up paddle division.
Says festival director Phil Jarratt: “While we are still negotiating some sponsorships, we wanted to keep our promise to competitors and open entries for all divisions by November so that people can plan ahead of Christmas for their week in Noosa in March. We’re far enough down the track now to guarantee that we will run four money events in 2013, and we expect to see many of the biggest names in longboarding competing.”
Headline event the Logger Pro will again be one of the biggest crowd pleasers, with the style-masters of longboarding performing to traditional criteria on old-style single-fin loggers. The popular logger format really highlights the difference between longboarding and shortboarding, and defending event champion Harrison Roach can be expected to give the internationals a run for the money. Noosa local Harrison has become a citizen of the world in recent years, demonstrating his extraordinary skills at international meets in the US and Europe, most recently taking out the prestigious Van’s Duct Tape Invitational in France in September.
The women’s open pro makes a welcome return to Noosa, alongside the evergreen Golden Breed Noserider Pro and the Seaglass Project Finless Pro. The Golden Breed Noserider, introduced at the Noosa Festival back in the ‘90s, pioneered the noserider time trials format, with surfers having to clock time while riding the nose of the board, either hanging five or ten toes. The format has since become standard around the world, but few events offer a performance venue as perfect for noseriding at First Point Noosa.
The Seaglass Finless (so-named after Cooroy shaper Tom Wegener’s hugely popular GSI finless production models) has pioneered cutting edge “friction free” performance surfing since being introduced as an exhibition event a few years back. Now, with money on the line, the standard of surfing has become mind-boggling, with surfers emerging from deep tubes to perform 360-degree turns on the face of the wave.
The stand up paddle division, which will be contested over the first weekend of the festival, will include open men’s and women’s surfing events, plus a men’s 10 foot plus division, and the five kilometre “battle of the paddle” race over a close-in course next to First Point. The SUPs weekend is being put together in conjunction with the Sunshine Coast SUPS Club, and is expected to attract a big field of regional and interstate paddlers.
Says Phil Jarratt: “We’re stoked to have the Sunshine Coast SUPS Club on board to help us put together our opening weekend program, and particularly our Super SUPS Sunday. We’ve got the message that there are a large number of paddlers in South East Queensland who want to compete but can’t take a week off work, so we’re running all divisions to the end over the weekend, in what should be an incredible display of stand up paddle skills.”
The family challenge will again be open to two (or even three) generation family combos, while the tag team surfing will be expanded to include corporate teams as well as surfing clubs. Says Jarratt: “We want to really open this event up and see some great teams going hard, so we’re inviting our sponsor brands to field a team alongside the clubs, and if we have space, we’ll also look at taking other corporate entries.”
Tentative schedule (subject to change)
Saturday 9 March
9am-4pm ‘Jeeps on the Beach’ – Jeep North Shore Safari
3-5pm SUPS Expression Session, First Point
3-8pm Beach Bar open for competitor registration, live music.
Sunday 10 March
7am-2pm SUPS Super Sunday (men’s, women’s and 10ft Plus surf divisions); 10am-8pm PJ Burns Festival Village and Surf Expo, First Point; 2-8pm Beach Bar Open; 2-4pm Tag Team Challenge Round 1; 3-4pm 5K BOP Race, First Point course; 4-4.30pm Legends Exhibition, First Point; 4.30-5pm VetshopAustralia.com.au Dog Surfing Spectacular; 5.15-5.30pm SUPS Presentations; 5.30-6.15pm Opening Ceremony and Paddle Out; 6.30-8pm Live music.
Monday 11 March
Family Challenge Rd 1 & 2, Logger Pro Rd 1 Mens Amateur Open Rd 1, Mens Over 60s Rd 1.
Tuesday 12 March
Logger Rd 2, Mens Over 55 Rd 1, Mens Over 50 Rd 1, Mens Over 40 Rd 1, Mens Open Amateur Rd 2, Logger Rd 3, Mens Over 60s Rd 2.
Wednesday 13 March
Mens Over 40s Rd 2, Mens Over 50s Rd 2, Mens Over 55s Rd 2, Mens Over 65s Rd 1, Finless Pro Rd 1, Noserider Pro Rd 1, Womens Pro Rd 1, Womens Amateur Open Rd 1.
Thursday 14 March
Mens Over 60s Rd 3, Mens Over 55s Rd 3, Mens Over 50s Rd 3, Mens Over 40s Rd 3, Womens Amateur Open Rd 2, Noserider Pro Rd 2, Mens Amateur Open Rd 3, Womens Amateur Open Rd 3, Senior Womens Rd 1, Mens 50s and 40s rep finals.
Friday 15 March
Boys Under 18, Boys Under 15, Girls Under 18, Tag Team Challenge Rd 2, Womens Pro Rd 2, Logger semi finals, Finless semi finals, Mens Over 60s rep final, Mens Over 55s rep final, Mens and Womens Amateur Open rep finals, Family Challenge semi finals.
Saturday 16 March
All finals plus tandem, dog surf and legends.
Pressos and huge party in the Beach Bar.
The Noosa Festival of Surfing will take on a new naming rights sponsor in 2013, with Noosa’s oldest and largest multi-franchise dealership, Crick’s Noosa, and Jeep Australia , one of Australia’s fastest growing brands, joining forces to back the world’s biggest surfboard riding event.
The Noosa Cricks Jeep Festival of Surfing (March 10-16, 2013) will be the 22nd annual edition of the event, and promises to be the best ever. Said festival director Phil Jarratt: “Having our lead sponsor locked in this early, and backed by the return of most of our loyal commercial supporters, the festival has the opportunity to really build on the success of the 2012 event. This year we successfully engaged with the local and regional community who just loved the ambience of our beach village and bar and the free entertainment in and out of the water. In 2013 we want to leverage that support to present a week that celebrates the spirit of surfing in one of the world’s great surf locations.”
Cricks Noosa Dealer principal Matthew Murray said Cricks and Jeep were delighted to be aligning their brands with an event that showcased a healthy, active lifestyle for all ages. “As an enthusiastic surf paddler, I know how much fun the surfing lifestyle is,” he said. “It’s a great adventure, and there’s no better expression of that than throwing the boards and the rods into the back of the Jeep and heading up the beach. We think there’s a real synergy here and we’re thrilled to be a part of the 2013 festival.”
The Noosa Cricks Jeep Festival will incorporate several new features, on top of the more than 20 pro, amateur, specialty and team surfing events, the free entertainment program on a beach stage and the surf expo on the sand. Among these:
The 2013 festival will once again be hosted by the Noosa Malibu Club and sanctioned by Surfing Australia. Phil Jarratt said the organising team had already received pledges of support from leading sponsors Global Surf Industries, Golden Breed, PJ Burns and Classic Malibu Surfboards; accommodation sponsors Tingirana, Outrigger Little Hastings Street, and Saks; media sponsor Pacific Longboarder and product sponsor Vertra sunscreen. “It’s great to have so many friends back on board before we even go out door-knocking, and we’ll make sure they get true value for money from our eight-month awareness campaign on our website and through social media.”
The festival, which raised more than $8000 for Frangipani Dreams and the Noosa Malibu Club’s youth development scheme this year, will again donate bar profits to charity and community benefit organisations.
On-line competitor entries in the amateur divisions, with age groups from under 15 to over 65, opened this week, with specialty, team and professional events to open in the next two months. The festival expects to attract more than 500 competitors, along with 4-5000 supporters and spectators from all over the world.
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The Festival has the best free line-up in its history this year, with bands ranging from acoustic surf guitar to dirty blues, with everything in between. Veteran surf guitarists Tim Gaze and Peter Howe will perform their new album, “Secret Spot”, on the Zinc beach stage on opening night, and then both will be playing and jamming with guests throughout the festival.
Former Tamam Shud lead guitar Gaze will also back up on opening night with Bob Abbot’s Green Machine blues outfit, with our outgoing mayor making beautiful noise on the beach. Monday night sees psychedelic funk rockers Band of Frequencies performing to the George Greenough short movie “All I’ve Found”, ahead of their double bill with ‘70s rockers Moonstone at the Noosa Heads Surf Club.
Tuesday night Noosa’s own Pete Cullen will be playing from his new album, recorded with the Rockwiz band, and Deus Bali’s Andy Six String will be jamming with Gaze and Howe. Wednesday sees Frank Benn and Carl Wockner’s acoustic solo acts on the Zinc Stage, and Thursday’s Frangipani Dreams Hawaiian night will feature the “dirty blues” of Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, supported by Tasmanian band Guthrie. TDS has been rocking the festival circuit for the past six months, playing alongside Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca and many more. The two bands will be strutting their stuff on the beach ahead of a surf club concert later in the evening.
On Friday night we welcome the return of top blues rocker Asa Broomhall and his band, stars of the festival in 2011 and guaranteed to rock the beach. The Festival closes out on Saturday with a presentation party featuring Gaze and Howe and friends, hot young band Rev Sunday, and classic northern rivers outfit The Otchkies, who describe their music as “subterranean psychedelic oriental blues hip pop”.
Killer music all week long, free, gratis and for nothing at the Noosa Festival of Surfing.
Smoker and Stroker, they jokingly call themselves. It’s a reference to their distinctively different guitar styles, but in their own quiet ways, Tim Gaze and Peter Howe have both been making an impact on Australian music for generations.
Pete broke first, contributing the hauntingly beautiful I’m Alive to the soundtrack of Albert Falzon’s breakthrough 1972 surf movie Morning of the Earth. The album is still the best-selling surf movie soundtrack of all time, and with good reason. Produced by G Wayne Thomas and with amazing contributions from Brian Cadd and Australia’s top psychedelic rock band, Tamam Shud, the album contained anthems for a generation.
Just as the Shud went into the studio to record songs like See The Swells for Morning of the Earth, they were joined by child prodigy guitarist Tim Gaze, at 16 already an absolute virtuoso. Tim brought a whole new level of musicianship to the soulful Shud, and their career took off again, performing alongside showings of the movie.
Peter Howe takes up the story: “Tim and I first played together at Freshwater Surf Club for Bombora Music’s Delightful Rain sessions, when producer David Minear brought together the best of our surf musicians since the 1960s to see what would happen. We’d admired each other’s music for half a lifetime, since Morning of the Earth days when we both played on shows in Sydney and the northern beaches peninsula, Tim with the Shud and me as a singer/songwriter.
“Some kind of shy magic happened between us when we recorded at Freshwater, and we both wanted more. So did David Minear. He got us into Mick Wordley’s studio in Adelaide with producer Kerryn Tolhurst and out came Pictures of the Coast. We launched the album at the 2009 Noosa Festival of Surfing and were really moved by the response from the surfers in the audience. They felt it. They felt the ocean in it. It was like our music was coming to its true home amongst surfers. As we toured the coast with the movie Searching for Michael Peterson we had the same experience over and over again, so we just naturally started writing music for surfers. We’d sit down to create, and often the guitars would come up with music we’d never heard before, as if the tunes had been waiting for us at the doorstep, dripping wet, still pulsing with the movement of the ocean.”
While Tim Gaze played blazing leads with many of the best bands of the 1970s, before moving to Brisbane and a quieter life teaching guitar, writing scores for surf movies and playing the blues with a variety of combos, Pete Howe taught school for years, moved to a place by the beach on the far south coast of NSW, and finally took off with his wife on a long-promised sailing voyage the length of the east coast, which proved to be the inspiration for Pictures of the Coast. A born-again surfer after some time off for good behaviour, he’s ripping on a longboard and making old guy finals, much to his amazement, when not writing songs that reflect his lifelong love of the ocean and his wry sense of humour.
These two from-the-heart surf musos have won fans everywhere with Pictures of the Coast and their many live performances in front of surfing audiences over the past few years. Now all that experience has resulted in Secret Spot: Songs For Surfers. The title don’t tell no lies: if you surf, you’ll recognize the salt-encrusted passion behind these simple tunes and lyrics. This is about two of our sweetest musicians playing from the heart about the lifestyle that has been their rock, their lifeline. If you’re lucky enough to hear Smoker and Stroker play this stuff live, you’ll have to have the CD. May I suggest you buy two and share the love?
Gaze & Howe will launch Secret Spot: Songs for Surfers at 6pm, Sunday, 11 March, on the Zinc Stage on the beach at First Point, at the Noosa Festival of Surfing. Free admission, licensed all ages. Pete and Tim will also be jamming most nights at the festival.
Queensland’s favorite Rock/Roots larrikin; Asa Broomhall is on the verge of releasing his 5th independent and self produced release ‘Jangle House’. From clubs and festivals all over Oz to supporting national and international acts, Asa has taken his guitar driven, dynamic show to the UK, Canada and the States. So make sure you hear Asa’s music and experience one of Australia’s best kept secrets, whether it be Solo Acoustic or fronting his powerful Trio, the Asa Broomhall Band.
‘Jangle House’ was recorded in an iconic old Guitar Shop in Brisbane over the Easter 2011 break. Situated in the now funky suburb of Paddington, this 2 story workers cottage has been a music shop since the early eighties. Closing for the Easter Long Weekend afforded a limited window to get the band, studio and all other associated equipment in there to record the foundations for Jangle House. Wanting to record in a musical place was only one reason for creating this album in the guitar shop, as Asa’s brothers house where previous albums had been recorded/mixed and where the studio was located was consumed by the January 2011 floods, and was subsequently condemned and demolished.
Furthermore the album was mixed and overdubs were laid down in a number of temporary rental houses around Brisbane where Asa’s brother was living giving rise to the title ‘Jangle House’.
Despite the basic recording and mixing environments, Jangle House retains the polish of modern albums with the added charm of traditional releases recorded with a ‘live’ feel. This album has truly been a labour of love, both a challenge and a triumph and features 10 tracks of Rock/Folk and Blues songs and a version of Bob Marley’s ‘Waiting in Vain’.
Jangle House will be officially released through Vitamin Records on August 19 2012 with a Launch at the Brisbane Powerhouse followed by Festival and Club appearances.
Monday 12th of March. 6 – 6.30pm
(Acoustic Performance) Noosa Surfing Festival
Innovation and inspiration trickles down through generations and when the pioneers collaborate in a cross-generational project there is a spark that reverberates through the ether.
Band of Frequencies have been cultivating those sparks through a long term collaboration with one of the greatest legends of oceanic cinematography and surf craft design, George Greenough.
Georges seminal surf film ‘The Inner Most Limits of Pure Fun’ (1970) influenced a whole generation of filmmakers. It was filmed in the mid to late 1960’s (1969-1970) and featured the first ever footage taken from inside the tube, giving surfers and non-surfers alike the unique perspective from inside the wave. George filmed those shots on his own hand crafted surfboards and finely tuned air mattresses, using a custom made waterproof housing for a16mm film camera. The film also documents the shortening of surfboards, due to George’s design influence, and features some futuristic shortboards that are only beginning to be understood 40 years later. He went on to film water scenes for Hollywood’s ‘Big Wednesday’ (1978) and also did a film clip for Pink Floyd’s ‘Echoes’ that was used in their live show for years.
George Greenough has recently made the film clip for Band of Frequencies latest single ‘All I’ve Found’. It was cut and edited by George himself and features previously unreleased footage from his archives filmed in Australia and California in the late 60’s.
Having just recently previewed the film clip down the Californian coast and at the North Shore Film Festival in Hawaii, Band of Frequencies will now be officially releasing for the rest of the World to see.
Limited Edition (1000 x) Hard Copy ‘All I’ve Found’ EP Release
It’s not often you come by a band that makes you feel like you’ve literally been plucked out of today and thrown straight into an epic era of music, such as the 60′s. But that is precisely what THE OTCHKIES do. Transportation abilities aside, this 4-piece from Northern NSW have limitless talents, starting at their intriguing instrumentation and layering. They describe their genre as “Oriental Psychedelic Blues Hip Pop” which pretty much covers it all.
If we had to pinpoint it, they sound like a mix of The Velvet Underground with a twist of Jefferson Airplane. The jangly guitars, drone-filled bass, and echoey vocals are tied together yet not overpowered by the tightly paced drums. Throw in a sitar, and you have The Otchkies.
Whether their music inspires a bohemian dance, or a messed up night covered in a smokey haze; load up the tracks, turn off the lights, and let the tunes sink in.
Transvaal Diamond Syndicate (TDS) are the manufacturers of some of Australia’s finest foot-stompin’ swamp and dirty blues/rock.
“Great guitar riffs with cool and clear lyrics. Bound to get the speakers rattling.” Sydney Daily Telegraph
“Fans of Clutch and Ash Grunwald need to sit up and take notice now!
5 STARS” Zoo Weekly
AS FEATURED ON TRIPLE J RADIO
PERFORMED AT 2011 BYRON BLUESFEST
July 2009 saw the beginning of a rapid upwards journey for Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, almost immediately garnering attention for their raw, energetic, exciting and often primeval live shows. Since then, the TDS have only gone from strength to strength, gathering fans left and right from constant touring and performing and engaging with fans through their strong online presence (e.g YouTube – Tuesday Tinnies with TDS).
Now it seems all the hard work is paying off – Transvaal Diamond Syndicate’s 2011 was shaped by their inclusion on Australia’s premier Festival, Byron Bay Bluesfest, alongside international acts such as Bob Dylan, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Ben Harper as well as the signing of a record deal with Starving Kids Records/MGM for their latest release.
TDS are currently touring to promote ‘Sins of the Blessed’, a brand new 7 track mini-album showcasing the band’s diversity as it moves and swells through straight blues progressions into half-time rock and rockabilly into stoner groove and dark roots balladry.
The 3 single releases thus far have fared well in the market with lead track ‘Devil on My Shoulder’ and straight-blues’ ‘Ol’ Carolina’ receiving Triple J Radio play, along with stoner-anthem ‘I’m Your Ticket’ gaining the # 6 ‘Hottest Track of 2011′ (4ZzZ Radio Brisbane) and ‘top 10 most-requested track on Community Radio’ status in September (AMRAP). ‘Devil on My Shoulder’ was also featured on the 2011 Brisbane Sounds Compilation. The album’s shaping up to be a cracker and was released NATIONWIDE through MGM Distribution, Starving Kids Records and JBHiFi in late 2011. Head into your local JB’s to grab yourself a copy.
“This Brisbane band has the season’s soundtrack ready and waiting… blistering stuff – 4 stars.” Courier Mail
Their live show reputation, full of sweaty machismo, catchy hooks, foot-stompin’ beats and tribal expression, has grabbed them support slots including Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca, The Snowdroppers, The Fumes, Elliot Brood (Canada), Marshall and the Fro and The Beards. It has also seen them headline over 50 venues around the country.
The September 2010 EP release, Diamonds and Dust also performed well, with track 1 Behind That Smile awarded a 2010 Q-Song Highly Commended spot in the Blues and Roots category whilst track 4 Home was the number 1 song in 4ZzZ’s Hot 100 songs of 2010 and won the Qld Blues Awards ‘Song of the Year’. Home was also in the top 20 purchased singles in the week it was released on iTunes Australia (Blues genre) and has been used in a range of international synch opportunities. TDS also nabbed a top 40 slot in the AMRAP charts for Artists most played on Australian Community Radio in 2010, with Home and Behind That Smile both being in the top 10 overall in numerous weeks in late 2010. They now feature regularly on a large number of radio stations across the country.
On the cards for 2012 is a mammoth tour taking in some 60+ dates over 3 months. The tour will promote the latest single release ‘Pistols at Dawn’ and will stretch from Cairns all the way deep down to Tasmania. Add to this 2 filmclip releases, 3 confirmed festivals and a new web-show and you’ll realise the boys are keeping busy.
“This is new school blues that is as exciting as it is electric and yet another shining example of the deep and creative roots scene Australia is privy to enjoy.” Time Off
Carl Wockner is on of Australia’s most dynamic and captivating musicians.
His unique style is described as a “harmonic fusion of genres” (Tsunami Magazine Oct 2011) which moulds a performance difficult to categorize but reveals Carl in a league of his own.
The mixture of lyrical messages and brilliant vocals in Carl’s solo performances are comparable to a modern version of artists such as Tracy Chapman, David Gray and James Taylor.
The Carl Wockner Band is led by Carl Wockner on Lead Vocals and Guitar followed by Will Pascoe (drums), Phil Roach (bass), James Dean (Lead guitar, Backing Vocals), Dyon Tahana (Saxophone, Backing Vocals) and Karli Wockner (Cello).
Though the band members have been performing throughout various instances with each other across 2010 and 2011, it was the launch of Carl’s debut album “Acoustic…ness” in October 2011 that kick-started the “Carl Wockner Band” in their current format.
Following the success of his debut album, Carl’s recent performances throughout the east coast of Australia have been a fresh raw sound for music enthusiasts.
With commercial airplay across stations such as Zinc FM, hot 91.1FM and Sea FM, Carl has been described as “the man with the big hair and the golden tonsils…” Zinc FM, Dec 2011.
World renowned guitar brand Maton Guitars welcomed Carl into their register of artists in March 2011.
Carl Wockner is currently working on the release of his next single and will be touring throughout 2012 in both solo and band formats. Be sure to catch his next performance near you!