Live non-stop pop, rock, funk and dance – and a little bit of Green

Supporters of The Greens and fans of original live music will gather for a night of live non-stop pop, rock, funk and dance tunes at Brisbane’s The Indie Temple next Wednesday.

The upbeat benefit gig on September 29 will feature popular local Brisbane bands and artists Gazoonga Attack, Brindle, Guy Webster, Epoch, Hollardores and DJ Paulio Q plus a number of emerging local acts.

Named ‘Show Us Your Green Bits’ the night is a great opportunity for Brisbane’s younger voters to share their views with local candidates and find out more about The Greens campaign.

I’m organising the event because I feel the political vibe from young people like myself is one of distress and disillusionment.

Young people are a bit freaked out about the direction Australia is heading.

Thousands upon thousands of young people in Brisbane protested against the Iraq war, but our voices weren’t heard. The war went ahead and I think many of us were left thinking – well, what’s the point in bothering to speak out?

When the government completely ignores your views, it’s really easy to stop caring and stop trying. And that’s one of the reasons I’m running as a candidate in this election. I wanted the voice of young people to be heard.

And it seems those performing at ‘Show Us Your Green Bits’ aren’t the only Brisbane musicians keen to make a public statement against the current government. Last week, Australian rock superstars Regurgitator, spoke out from the bubble in which the band is currently residing in Federation Square, Melbourne.

In a joint statement the band said: “The Greens are the first party to recognise how important it is to engage with youth on matters of the environment and sustainability, protection of old growth forests, water and our future.”

Greens Senate candidate for Queensland Drew Hutton said many of Queensland’s young people and those in creative industries supported The Greens as they realised the party represented fresh, forward-thinking policies.

“The Greens supported the music industry against cheap imports and we are happy the music industry is now getting behind The Greens at this election.

“This is a strong message from the music industry that we need to get behind progressive politics and get Howard out of Office,” he said.

The details:

Date: Wednesday, September 29
Time: 7.30pm til late (doors open 6pm)
Cost: $10 (all funds raised go to The Greens)
Where: The Indie Temple, 210 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
More info: Contact bonner@qld.greens.org.au or call 0418 786 986.
Media info and photo opportunities: Contact Elissa Jenkins at bonner@qld.greens.org.au or call 0418 786 986.

The bands:

Gazoonga Attack

Four-piece, all-female punk band that have a hot following around the country. Formed in 2001 and tipped as one of Brisbane’s “most likely”, the oldest member of the band is 23.

www.gazoongaattack.com

Brindle

Over the past four years Brisbane four-piece Brindle, has carved out a reputation as one of the city’s most inventive bands by never taking the safe option.

Fronted by Deb Suckling’s emotive whirlwind of a voice, the diverse Brindle sound ranges from moody atmospherics to angular, wall-of-noise rock with an emphasis on driving rhythms, powerful melodies and lyrics that actually mean something.

www.brindle.com.au

Guy Webster

They say the Phoenix rises out of the ashes to live again. Brisbane has one such Phoenix, and he goes by the name of Guy Webster.

He has had many former incarnations including, The Fabulous Nobodies, the Guy Webster Quartet and of course Broken Head (with Ben Ely and Skritch) whose debut album Locarno was released in 2000.

Guy Webster will draw you into a personal world of melancholy and reflection with his gloriously smooth voice, silence the room, then leave you haunted by the dream-like beauty in his words.

Hollardores

Retro Hair metal slash Tango epic duets between an Orc and a Human! (Warcraft) Barbershop vocal quartet piece slash murder ballads!

www.hollardores.com

DJ Paulio Q

Lighting up the dance floor!

The Last Exits

Like a pick-up truck smashing through the plate glass front of a nightclub, The Last Exits seek to crash traditional song-craft into a world where style is slowly strangling substance, and a music industry where the music often finishes a distant second.

The results are good songs played by talented musicians, in styles sweeping across indie rock, pop, folk, blues and melodic groove. The music covers common ground between beauty and sorrow and, at times, takes inspiration from hope, confusion and the energy of the inner city.

This is The Last Exit’s first ever gig.

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