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SUNDAY 20TH JUNE
Mango Junction will be performing on The Terrace from 2pm.
So come on down to the Seabreeze Hotel and dance the afternoon away with your favorite tunes.
FREE ALL-AGES EVENT
THURSDAY 12TH AUGUST
This is an 18+ Event
Across five years, two studio albums and an EP, Windang’s Hockey Dad achieved more than two coastal kids could ever collectively dream of. Their last effort, 2018’s Blend Inn, ended up being one of the year’s biggest successes for independent Australian music. Not only did it crack the top 10 of the ARIA album charts, but it also notched up four spots in triple j’s Hottest 100, two sold-out national tours and accrued nearly 24 million streams on Spotify alone. Not bad for a pair of kids from a town where its previous biggest musical export was a jingle for a computer store.
Needless to say, when it came to writing Blend Inn’s follow-up, Zach Stephenson (vocals, guitar) and Billy Fleming (drums) could have easily switched to autopilot and followed the blueprint that had lead them to prosperity in the past. However, that’s not the path they chose to take.
Despite the fact the band returned to the exact same studio and used the same producer as Blend Inn – that being Robert Lang Studios and the veteran John Goodmanson, respectively – their third studio album Brain Candy is far from any sort of retread. It’s a textured, contemplative and thoughtful record – a reflection on life written by a band that has ostensibly grown up in public.
Stephenson, Fleming’s friend of over 20 years and bandmate of nearly 10, agrees. “It’s important to keep the fear instilled in you as an artist,” he says. “That sheer terror the night before something comes out is something you can’t replicate – and when people like it, it makes you even prouder of it.”
Listeners were first alerted to the existence of Brain Candy with the release of “I Missed Out” in November 2019. Premiered on triple j and landing at #60 in the Hottest 100 of 2019, the song hones in on cooing lead guitar and steely bass rather than the band’s go-to phaser-laden chords and boom-thwack drums. The song’s confessional, vulnerable lyrics also hone in further on the rawer honesty of previous singles like “I Wanna Be Everybody.”
Put it this way: It’s Hockey Dad, but not as we know them.
In many ways, that MO is reflective of how Brain Candy comes across as a whole. While they’ve created something that is still identifiably theirs, the route that they’ve taken to get there subverts what has come to be expected. Whether it’s the tense, volatile “Germaphobe” and “Heavy Assault,” the unexpected tropical detour of “Keg” or the morose, slow-mo balladry of “Itch,” Brain Candy makes bold ventures outside of Hockey Dad’s immediate sonic spectrum. It’s high risk, absolutely – but, as the album plays out, it reveals itself to be high reward as well.
The album’s title is a none-too-explicit reference to chemical intake to sooth one’s mind. Be it serotonin, antidepressants or something a little more back-alley, there’s a lot of provocative imagery when it comes to such a title – something that certainly isn’t lost on the band. To them, their ultimate brain candy is the music itself.
“It helps, putting pen to paper,” says Fleming. “If you’re feeling wiggy about it, just write about it. When we’re on tour, just sending it… at the end of the trip, you have these albums, and you have these songs that capture those moments.”
Whether you’ve followed their trajectory from grommets to garage-rock royalty, or you’re making your Hockey Dad debut out of pure curiousity, Brain Candy will prove to be one of 2020’s must-hear albums.
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Tuesday 15th June from 10am.
FRIDAY 13TH AUGUST
Kick Yer Shoes off, Put yer Hoe Down and Hang on to Yer Britches! The Goats sure know how to raise a ruckus and they’re bringing their up tempo style of Hillbilly Roots and Old Time Blues to SEABREEZE HOTEL, Mackay – and better yet, IT’S FREE!!!!
Australian festival favourites, Golden Fiddle Recipients & 4 time “Bluegrass” Golden Guitar finalists, The Hillbilly Goats, strip back the layers of modern music and transport you on a journey through roots and old time blues. These guys aren’t just a band – they’re a “show” featuring stories and song combined with tap dancing, bones, big harmonies and regular instrument changes. They’ve won several awards and have released 4 studio albums specialising in Mountain Music.
The musical twist on traditional songs The Hillbilly Goats are renowned for with big harmonies and a heavy presence of hard fiddle and fast harmonica have seen them carving their own niche at major festivals nationwide.
After 3 best-selling studio albums, 2 EP’s and over 12 years of national and international touring, Owen Campbell has cemented himself as one of Australia’s premier alternative blues/rock exports. He has performed in many corners of the world from the USA, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Holland, Japan, Hong Kong, India and even performed at the highest blues festival in the world, The Himalayan Blues Festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Every album upon release has hit the Top 10 on iTunes Blues Charts in over 10 countries. One of which “Sunshine Road” reached Number 1 on the overall charts (Australia), knocking Adele of the top spot in 2014.
Owen brings a thumping oceanic-like repertoire to performances all over the world. His smouldering guitar work runs from bluesy riffs and soulful finger-picking to lap steel guitar solos using a shot glass slide. His gritty caramel vocals makes this blues maven a global favourite.
“My parents were a big influence,” says Owen. “They introduced me to such an awesome collection of music from such a young age. Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Band, The Rolling Stones. I always loved the variety and diversity to their sounds. My sound has bits of country, soul, roots, and rock. I love the variations.”
Late 2019/2020 has seen the release of Owen’s 5th studio album “Rolling Thunder of Love” which debuted at number 2 on the independent music charts.
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