Alright groovers, we’re trying to put the sweetest mix of fresh BLUES ROCK ROOTS
STONER grooves together. Let the movement commence.
Here’s our first lineup announcement…
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Ever since THE FUMES exploded onto the Aussie rock scene in 2006 with the critically-acclaimed debut album Guns Of Gold, the infamous blooze-rock duo have left slack jaws, ringing ears and wagging tongues in their wake all over the globe. Read the band’s press and you have to wonder how a mere two-piece can garner so much hype, hyperbole and histrionics. But in the case of geetar-slinger and mighty-bearded vocalist Steve Merry and seasoned drummer Jacob Mann, the gushing is with good reason.
Marshall is a regular performer with his band in venues and Festivals all around the country. It’s the sound of Surf Roots and Mojo Rock brewed fresh from Northern NSW beaches. Winner of the 2012 MusicOz Awards Best Blues and Roots Artist, Marshall delivers a high-energy show intertwined with depth and sincerity.
You don’t get 3 albums, 2 EP’s and 5 tour-vans deep for no good reason.
TRANSVAAL DIAMOND SYNDICATE
Based in Brisbane, TDS are one of the rising stars of the New-Blues sound. Raw, energetic, dancey and fun. With a heavy touring schedule and a bunch of industry accolades, the Syndicate are establishing themselves as a consistent Festival contender nation-wide. Solid performances at Queenscliff Music Festival to round out 2013, along with a new album release and 6 months straight of solid national touring sees the lads hit Mojo in full flight.
LACHY DOLEY (NSW)
He’s the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, a player who can pump, pamper and occasionally pound the most unbelievable sounds from a keyboard: sounds that are intense, ferocious and sometimes transcendent.
Lachy Doley’s keyboard has powered acts as diverse as Bernard Fanning, Jimmy Barnes, Powderfinger, The Beautiful Girls, Jimmy Little, and The Widowbirds. He now tours the country with his own band wowing venue and Festival crowds with his high-energy take on playing the keys.
THE FLOORS (WA)
The Floors’ gritty, dirty brand of blues has built them a reputation as a strong and captivating live band. While the Perth band draw influence from classic bluesmen of yesteryear, there’s still a raw and exciting sound that demands your attention and propels you forward into a new era of music. They casually shift between tracks with catchy melodies and lyrics, to darker tales of a more sinister nature with fuzz and swagger. I first witnessed them at Drunken Moon Festival this year and yes… they are TASTY.
Guthrie delivers honest and distinctive foot stompin’ electric blues. These rugged southern gents from Tasmania sing songs of love, murder, vengeance, addiction, redemption, lust, longing and loss. Dark and magnificent, Guthrie delivers an unmistakable sound and an incendiary live spectacle. With extensive national touring, major festival performances and sweating it out alongside some of the nation's finest performers, Guthrie have well and truly carved their name wherever they go.
LA BASTARD (VIC)
Picture Nancy Sinatra singing out front of the Gun Club with Dick Dale playing lead guitar at the best party of the year. If you can imagine such an exciting and eclectic mix of 50′s rock ‘n roll, 60′s surf tunes and 80′s punk attitude, you’re getting close to the sound of Melbourne, Australia four-piece La Bastard.
FRANK SULTANA AND THE SINISTER KIDS (NSW)
With influences ranging from Son House and Skip James, through to Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, as well as more contemporary artists like Tom Waits and Nick Cave, Frank Sultana dwells comfortably in this vintage stylistic world, where the song is still king, and nothing beats a great story…
His band, The Sinister Kids, provide a vintage backdrop for Frank’s primitive electric guitar tones and soulfull , whiskey drenched voice.
A must see at MOJO BURNING!
WIZARD SLEEVE (WA)
Wizard Sleeve hit Perth’s live scene like a hammer in 2010. Quickly gaining a reputation for raucous live shows and a loyal fan base, the band have been described by Drum Media as a “hard rocking… wall of sound”. With a heap of Western travels, the Sleeve are all set to bring their blend of Stoner Rock goodness East to spray some hard fuzz all over the FestiTHE ROYAL ARTILLERY
Brisbane’s The Royal Artillery play a heavy brand of face-melting blues, unabashedly blending the adventurous vibe of the late 60’s blues explosion with some serious 90’s riff and groove; this is soul music delivered through the barrel of a shotgun. Having become a sought after local headliner, the emphasis is now on building their reputation in the bigger cities of the south. With one foot on the gas pedal and the other stomping on the fuzz, The Royal Artillery is one mean prospect that you owe yourself to experience. “What Jimi Hendrix would sound like if he were alive today…”
Stoner rock is a genre based not around smoking weed but loud and heavy riffs that groove in a euphoric manner, entrancing the audience for 45 minute intervals. The beauty of the genre is that all band members are given equal chance to shine as it intertwines experimentation and improvisation into otherwise standard radio pop song structures ensuring the listener is regularly caught off guard.
SHELLFIN embodies this ethos in their brand of Regressive/stoner rock as they continually devolve in an ever growing industry.
MOJO BLUESMEN (NSW)
With a high energy Folk and Roots infusion, Brisbane’s Brother Fox have been enjoying success since winning the much-coveted Byron Bay Bluesfest Busking Competition in 2012. This has since seen them play a stack of national Festivals and support a bunch of high-profile Roots Rock acts including Jinja Safari. The boys know how to have fun on stage and generate some classic good vibes. Check ’em out.
2ND LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT INCLUDES…
MY LEFT BOOT (VIC) – Stoner Rock from Melbourne
BONEZ (NSW) – High energy Blues-influenced Rock from Sydney
BIG BLIND RAY (NSW) – Texas Blues Rock from Sydney
CLEVELAND BLUES– Dirty Blues Rock 2 piece from the Sunshine Coast
ELECTRIK LEMONADE– Funk Rock from the Gold Coast
BAREFOOT ALLEY– Blues-influenced Rock 2 piece from Brisbane
BASKERVILLAIN – Blues Rock act from Brisbane