Perth four-piece Jebediah have remained the ultimate crowd pleasers playing festivals and special one off gigs throughout the years.
It's impossible for an Australian of a certain vintage to imagine those late '90s summers without those delirious early Jebs singles ‘Jerks of Attention’, ‘Leaving Home’, ‘Teflon’, ‘Harpoon’, ‘Animal’ blasting out of every car radio and festival PA from Summersault to the Falls to Homebake.
The secret to Jebediah’s longevity is simple, a long lasting friendship in which the chemistry remains and the desire to crank it big time, each and every time they hit the stage.
In 1993 four young long-haired lads walked into a brand new studio in Auckland to record their first album. The band was Shihad, the album was their boundary-pushing debut, Churn, the producer was Jaz Coleman, and the studio was York Street in Parnell.
For Jon Toogood and Tom Larkin, heavy music is the foundation of Shihad's sound - a sound that they came up with in Wellington in the late 80s and early 90s as a band who were just as influenced by Metallica as they were New Zealand's own Skeptics.
"At the end of the day the spirit of the band was built around heavy music and that's the nature of the beast at its best. That's what we do most strongly I feel," says Larkin.
Following an overwhelming reaction to a one-off reunion show in their hometown of Adelaide, The Superjesus have since completed a sold out national headline tour, sold out national co-headline tours with Baby Animals and The Tea Party, and shared festival stages with Van Halen, Aerosmith and Bryan Adams.
With 3 x ARIA Awards and multi platinum albums; Sumo, Jetage, Rock Music and hit singles Gravity, Secret Agent Man, Shut My Eyes, Down Again and more, The Superjesus are no doubt one of Australia’s most successful and respected rock bands who remain a staple on Aussie rock radio. They have expertly managed to bridge the gap between their instantly recognisable late 90s hits and their current melodic rock sound – bringing together new fans and those who’ve been loyal for 20 years.
Straight outta Franston, 28 Days was formed in 1997 and introduced their distinctive punk-meets-hip-hop sound to the local scene. Their popularity quickly grew and it wasn’t long until they were getting invitations to play all the big festivals around the country. The release of their second studio album Upstyledown debuted at number one on the ARIA charts and went platinum in July 2000, proving they were one of the biggest acts in the country.
Success took 28 Days abroad to countries including the US, Europe and Japan and they released an impressive five studio albums before taking a hiatus. In December 2009, 28 Days returned to the stage and began playing occasional shows, much to the delight of their die-hard fans.
Somewhere back in 1996, a stupid conversation took place between four young blokes in a dusty oil shed on the trucking yards of Port Melbourne’s Dallas Crane Transport that went something like, “so ya reckon we could do this for a living?”
Almost 20 years later, Dallas Crane have become a not only a lauded constituent of the Australian rock ‘n roll scene, but a trend-proof mainstay that continues to exhilarate audiences wherever they bloody well set foot!
Some used to call them, ‘Australia’s hardest working band’, playing their guts out to anyone who’d listen, in which most cases was a packed out pub anywhere around Australia. They gave everything every time you saw them; no microphone left un-scolded, no denim jacket left un-soaked and no audience left anything other than completely satisfied.
Melbourne boys The DieCasts formed in June 2011, with an EP released in 2014, their sound is one that can be described as Enthusiastic, High energy rock with a Unique edge that has to be seen to be believed.
The band quickly booked into the studio (One Punch Records) to release two new singles for 2017 – ‘Walk Amongst the Dead’ and ‘Masquerades’. This release coincided with an announcement to support The Living End, a dream come true for the 3 piece Rock outfit.
Continuing to spread their name where they can and entertain those who will listen; The DieCasts will continue to appear across venues throughout Melbourne.