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Described by the Conversation Hour's Richard Fidler as "The Doors meets Jack Kerouac and Slim Dusty" and songwriter/frontman Gav Dear as "one of the most remarkable men I've ever met", the Roadtrippers perform their strange far northern tales with a manic machinery shed aesthetic. Combining accoustic country with raucous rocknroll they occupy a unique place in Australia's northern music scene, The bands ethic arises from a fanatical commitment to their northern geography literally and spiritually, though never too seriously.
In 2005 the band received national airplay with the release of "100 Smokes to Kununurra" , described by Time Out magazine Brisbane as "a no frills road themed sleeper and quite possibly a Northern Australian classic"
Their new double album:Open Country Demon Country takes in the north's broard vistas and digests them into a pop pastiche of country ballads, garage rock and post punk raves all anchored in the myths and mires of the savannah tropics.
'One of the most refreshingly original albums I've heard for years, great songs - from sweet and melodic to hard and tough all delivered with the enthusiasm the Roadtrippers put into their live performances. Just what you would expect from this bunch from the wilds of Far North Queensland. Johnny Green (The Blues Cowboys)
WOW! James Gillard (The Flood)
"An eclectic mix of the Sex Pistols meets Banjo Patterson, if RAW Australian music is still evolving, the Roadtrippers are taking us into the next evolution" (The Beachdweller Blog).
The Roadtrippers are a bunch of genuine Queensland troubadours that have
the pulse of the bush set deep in their veins. Every song reeks of hot tar
and cold beer, dust and roadkill. Frontman Gavin Dear's knockabout career
gives him songlines from trawlers, mining camps and every outback track
across the big Top End. The band renders them with passion and raw
desert-rock panache. Mick Daley, (The Re-mains)
if music is geography these guys can be as jagged as a Kimberly mountain range or gentle as a grassy plain, if you like raw evocative Oz country blues make sure you check them out. Paul Ranson, (Editor RePort Magazine)
|100 Smokes to Kununurra -An extended blues rave of the sub- hallucinogenic nicotine fueled drive across northern Australia measured in cigarettes consumed.
Best Day of the Trip - A roadsong heading for the dawn but not quite ready to leave the night.
The Metaphysical Fishing Song - The rule of simple philosophy's still applies even today, and as Nietzsche always said, "all that catfish and no barramundi"
|Outside - Roger Miller to the Sex Pistols
Inside - Warumpi Band to Don Walker
|Live national broadcast on Radio National's Music Deli
State wide live broadcast for 60th anniversary of The Country Hour
Live studio performances for ABC Northern Territory ABC Far North
Every Wallaby Creek Festival (a record!)
Every Lions Den Hotel gig.
Other than that we are generally home bodies.