Artist: DEAD BEAT BAND
City: Gold Coast, Qld
Style: Good times Garage Rock n’ Roll
Members: Mickey, Joey, Heterick
DEAD BEAT BAND have played a big part in starting up the fires as far as Gold Coast bands are concerned. Before DBB came along there weren’t really that many surf inspired garage rock bands in the Coast. These guys have a knack for making friends and are extremely friendly with the ladies, a sweet recipe for rock n’ roll magic to happen.
The first time we met was back in 2006 at a cool music festival called Wonderland in the Gold Coast. Front man Mickey was just hanging in his sweet jump suit, he was friendly and had a real love for music.
Over the years we would bump into Mickey on many occasions and a strong friendship happened from there. Mickey was kind enough to make his place our crash pad when the Riot headed North. A drunken conversation we had with Mickey and drummer Scrubsy in 2009 would spur the idea of the boys starting up a band. The funny thing is 6 months later the boys actually formed a real band and they had songs, really cool songs. Scrubsy and Mickey were only new to their instruments, but they were joined by their mate Joey who was pretty amazing on guitar. They kinda worked it all out on the go and got to the point of the matter quickly.
Seeing them for the first time at a packed out Goons of Doom show at Neverland was mind blowing, they had the full house rockin out like they had been doin it for years yet they were the opening band. Old Rock n’ Roll souls I say.
The boys have played many epic shows, touring the East Coast relentlessly and hitting up your odd music festival, notably the Big Day Out and many My Sydney Riot parties. They are in the midst of piecing together their next step which is to release their debut album, but for now you should head out to a show and check them out, DEAD BEAT BAND are great live and they will make you dance.
One of many notable stories is a weekend bender we had while Fait Accompli were on tour this year. The boys had an onstage tiff at a full Great Northern show in Byron Bay. After their noisy set Joey got kicked out of the venue by the bouncers and payed $300 for a cab back to the Gold Coast. Apparently it was intense on stage that night, but from the crowds point of view Dead Beat Band had truly stepped up to the next level of rawkus Rock n’ Roll. Band fights on stage are totally rare these days and to know that these guys are totally peaceful fun loving dudes makes this story all the more awesome!
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Over the next 21 days we’ll be featuring a band per day online from this special list of independent bands from Sydney and around Australia. Stay tuned and discover something new. Who knows? your next favourite band might be right here!
Sydney’s FAIT ACCOMPLI are currently out on the road literally setting fire to stages around Australia with their Soul Punk musical powers. So we here at MSR were first unsure, then we thought “fuck it!” let’s make FAIT ACCOMPLI our ARITST OF THE MONTH for July. So tune in over the coming weeks as we follow them through their SPIES tour and get some fly on the wall info about the shows and after show shenanigans. Like we’ve already heard about the SAILOR JERRY fuelled Gold Coast all-nighter they pulled with friends DEAD BEAT BAND, PIRATES ALIVE and a loose member of STICKY FINGERS last Friday night which led to a near on stage biff between the members of DEAD BEAT BAND during their set at a packed Great Northern in Byron Bay on Saturday. One of the boys was then ejected from the venue and took the $300 cab ride home option to the Gold Coast – Rock n’ Roll! Sounds like the tour is going swell!
The first single from SPIES ‘NO GREAT EXPECTATIONS’ / video with lyrics for Karaoke!
Danny Clayton has been a VJ at Channel V (a cable tv music channel) for almost 10 years now and he has probably seen more live bands than most of us. Danny attends all major music festivals Nationally and Internationally interviewing some of the biggest bands in the world to local sensations. There are two positives about Danny’s twitter which went out to his almost 10,000 followers from The Standard in Sydney last weekend. Firstly it’s a great leg up for Goons of Doom a band who get close to zero airplay on Australian radio besides having fans from all over the world. And secondly it’s cool because finally someone within the music industry is acknowledging what most of us out here already know.
Goons of Doom in the last couple of years alone have toured Europe, Hawaii and the USA three times including SXSW, opening for bands like Hole, El Mariachi, Damien Marley and Dillinger Escape Plan, they have also caused near riots at most of their shows at countless venues up and down the Australian East Coast. More recently they were handpicked to open for American band Grouplove.
Members within the Goons are visual/graphic artists, famous surfers, art directors, music producers, published writers, talented multi instrumentalists and each member is an accomplished songwriter in their own right. The Goons were also mixing visual art with surf rock way before the surf sound became the new wave in recent times, releasing their third studio album later this year thru Volcom Ent, the music arm of International surf/skate label Volcom.
So if a band can have all of these creative qualities and major touring experience yet still remain literally unknown to most music lovers in Australia, then the following questions need to be asked “Where is the music industry?” “Where have they been?” “What the fuck is going on over there?” and “Are they going to do something about it?”
Follow Danny Clayton at Twitter HERE
GOONS OF DOOM return to Queensland this week to play the final dates of The Rattlesnake Cobra Single Tour. Their third album ‘REVENGE OF THE GOONS’ drops soon thru Volcom Ent!
Wednesday 15th Feb – Bleach Festival Party @ Neverland, Coolangatta w- Pirates Alive
Friday 17th Feb – Volcom Party @ Snapper Surf Club, Coolangatta w- Dead Beat Band
Saturday 18th Feb – My Byron Bay Riot 2 @ Bhudda Bar, Byron Bay w- Dead Beat Band + Pirates Alive
You know that saying all good things come in three? It seems like a day of rain can get you in the mood for just about anything and seeking out what’s happening on the interweb is always fun. Here’s a few cool things we found over the weekend.
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