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The Rock-itt : December 2009
Rust is a local Northern Beaches street punk band with international credibility. Formed in 2005 originally a 5 piece, the attrition of their two guitarists saw their current guitarist Dave 'D D Black' join the ranks in May 2008 to cement the line up for this band which has a big punk future ahead of them. The band tells me it was an amusing situation when Dave turned up for the audition asking "where are your guitarists?" thinking he would be adding his strings to the bands big punk sound, when much to his surprise was told "You're it, Dave!" Fortunately Dave had done his homework and in one foul swoop belted through 90 percent of the set, with the band unanimously deciding after the first song he had enough guitar firepower and unique style to replace them both! This event was inscribed in their lyrics "Cut it down to four on the floor, sometimes less is sometimes more!" from their anthemic tune Oi Oi Aussie which is the opening track on their upcoming new album titled Lean Mean Street Machine. The line up and pedigree of the guys are: Garry 'Gazza' Campbell - Narrabeen, Vocals (ex Maximum Security, Speedball, Crucified Venus & Rule 303) Michael 'Fernz' Fearnley - Manly, Bass Guitar (ex Prozak, Nude Sunday, Bunt and current member of Teenage Hookers for Christ) Shaun 'Smurf' Kelly - Dee Why, Drums (ex Bezerk, World War 24 & Crank Case) Dave 'D D Black' Watzl - Newport, Guitar (ex Black Rose, Scattergun, Tyrant, Growling Frenzy and current member of Blaggard) My first experience with this band was at the recent Octoberpus Festival at the Fisho's and was blown away by their sheer power, aggression, stage presence and in-your-face street punk delivered with such professionalism and energy that would be the envy of major punk bands anywhere in the world! I caught up with the band for a beer and a chat at the Brooky Hotel recently and was excited to learn more about this band and particularly about their recent tour of the UK. Firstly, why the name RUST? Gazza tells me it came from his annual rego ritual of doing a bodgie rust patch up job on his econovan (a very familiar thing for us Northern Beaches people).....mmm rust that sounds like a good name for a band! Q. How did the UK Tour come about and when was it? A. Gazza tells me this tour came about through constant harassment. His main aim was to get the band to play at the annual Rebellion Festival in Blackpool, where he had previously performed at with former bands Crucified Venus & Rule 303. This is a massive 4 day event, 5 stages, and 150 bands and is billed as the Biggest Punk/Alternative music Festival in the World! Many thousands of people from all over the world make the pilgrimage to attend this festival. The Band was successful in attaining a spot at the festival on Friday 7th August, 2009 at 2.45pm, which was to become the grand finale of a seven date performing tour of the UK.