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The Rock-itt : July 2012
Double Header At The Boatshed Artist Preview with Pete Johnson If you can cast your mind back to last year you may remember The Rock-itt featuring a band called ‘Calling Mayday’ . They are a Sydney band not a Beaches band, yet they had sent me a song, unmastered and unmixed on a demo CD which made me think, “Well if they can come up with a song like this, there must be more where this came from, so I thought it only fair to run with this three girl one guy quartet. Let’s see what we end up with down the track. Although I hadn’t listened lately to the song, ‘I Fell Down’ which I must have played fifty times when I first heard it, I went onto the band’s website to check them out and lo and behold, there it was, so I played it again and was just as impressed this time as I was last year when I first heard it. This is always a good sign when you can come back and like something that you liked before after so many plays. I got in touch with the band to see what they were doing and what they’d been up to and well....... HERE THEY ARE in the flesh at the shed, Friday 13th July supporting Marshall OKell. www.facebook.com/callingmayday Emma says, “We’ve done a few recording sessions but never really managed to get the sound right. This time round we had more time with these sessions and a lot more live gigs behind us, so we just worked on getting that “live feel down”. Finally, it really sounds like us, but ‘Time Will Tell’”. Double Header at the Old Manly Boatshed 13th July The Australian music scene has had a long history of uncovering phenomenal talent and the occasional larrikin. Marshall Okell is one man who em bodies both attributes. Back performing under his own nam e in 2012, Marshall Okell will be bringing a new band and new sound to audiences all over the world. Dedicated to a life on the road, Marshall Okell is known for his crowd-rousing and energetic live performances as the front man and creative drive behind the crowd pleasing Marshall & The ‘Fro. A band who have ripped the lips off capacity audiences all over Australia, including festivals such as Byron Bay Blues fest, Woodford Folk Festival, Gympie Muster to name a few. In another part of the country following a similar path is Sydney based power trio, Chase The Sun. The two bands met at the Byron Bay Blues fest in 2008 and instantly hit it off. Since then, the bands have shared line-ups and stages all over the country as well as a few laughs along the way. In the winter of 2011, Marshall felt it was time to evolve away from ‘The Fro’, so he decided to write a new album under his own name. As the notes and lyrics grew on the page, so too grew a grand vision of how the album should sound. He wanted it to be united under a special bond. So when Marshall Okell went looking for a rhythm section for his new ban, Howler of Chase The Sun was first. On the bass, Ryan Van Gennip has performed with many artists including Charlton Hill and iOTA. On the drums is Jon “Howler” Howell, immerging from a jazz background, Howler found international acclaim as a member of 90’s Aria nominated band Leonardo’s Bride. Both Ryan and Howler have been focused their attention on blues and rock music in recent years. At the time of writing, Marshall Okell had entered a recording facility deep in the rainforests of the Byron Bay hinterland to lay down the tracks that will make up his epic new album. A selection of these tracks will be released as an EP exclusively at the Byron Bay Blues fest, with the album release and a nation tour to follow closely after the festival. Marshall O OKell