Central Coast, meet your local rock stars.
Like Newcastle in the seventies and eighties, the Coast currently boasts a growing crop of groups - from all persuasions of Rock and supported by several dedicated local venues - that offer us the experience of great live music in our own backyard.
We thought we’d do our bit to give some of them the credit they deserve.
The Sea Gypsies
You’ll probably like the five-piece from Wamberal if you like Rock’s subgenres but don’t have a particular favourite - elements of indie, pop rock, roots and alternative can all be heard in their tunes.
The fluid nature of the ‘Gypsies sound has no doubt helped them in pinning down gigs: in the past two years they’ve played the festivals Lost Paradise, Mountain Sounds and Beyond the Valley, and supported the likes of Harts, Ash Grunwald, The Wailers, Paul Kelly and the Beautiful Girls.
This quartet out of the Wyong area play 80’s-era Hard Rock minus the histrionics.
The riffs are strong and dirty, Matt Piper’s vocals tough and Nathan Downey’s drums tight, but that’s to be expected from a group whose members are veterans of other local bands, and who’ve played alongside members of the Screaming Jets, the Angels and Dragon over the years.
Trouble in Paradise
The Narara trio have earned a reputation as a brilliant live act, off the back of their versatility as musicians and performances that leave nothing in the tank.
Guitarist/Vocalist Harley Shaw’s equally at home playing chunky, distorted Punk riffs as he is with reverb-soaked Surf Rock, and Drummer Charles Tedd navigates the genres with similar ease in hisplaying.
TiP recently earned the right to play at next year’s Narara Music Festival, after impressing at an Unearthed event at Gosford’s Rhythm Hut.
Short’n’sharp Pop Punk’s not dead as far as these guys are concerned.
Made up of members of previous bands Mark My Words and Up for Adoption, the Gorokan trio put out their debut EP ‘Necking On and Kicking Off Part 1’ in December last year.
Self-described as “Shamelessly goofy”, Stone Lions provide the fun, rip-roaring soundtrack to the party where you get a little too drunk.
Picture this. You’ve just started a Heavy Alternative band, and you win a radio competition to open for Motley Crue and Alice Cooper, which turns out to be your first ever gig. Where do you go from there?
Red Hook’s answer, since that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity two years ago, has been to go about their business like any other new band.
They’ve been gradually developing a repertoire of songs and live act through consistent gigging both here and in Sydney, and are set to release their debut single in March.