Trop­ics call surf guitar kings

Broome Advertiser - - Happenings - Jakeb Wad­dell

As the Perth win­ter ap­proaches, the warm, tropi­cal vibe of an up­com­ing tiki party will bring a surfer band of four friends to Broome.

Day of the Dead, known as Perth’s mas­ters of the surf guitar, are set to head­line El Santo En­ter­tain­ment’s Tiki Party next month, a tropi­cal night at The Roey’s Oa­sis Bar.

Nick Gal­lagher is one of the gui­tarists in the Perth band and says he and his band­mates could not be more ex­cited.

“This is our first time ever play­ing in Broome,” he said.

“(The town) is a mag­i­cal oa­sis that has a very spe­cial iden­tity and flavour. Its warm, sun­set vibes are calling us very loudly.”

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Gal­lagher to the Kim­ber­ley town will be gui­tarist Ben Fri­chot, drum­mer Luke Fragomeni and bass gui­tarist By­ron Robert­son, who plan on giving Broome a lit­tle taste of the new mu­sic they have just com­pleted.

The band have played along­side big names such as Mo­tor­head, Joe Sa­tri­ani, Stray Cats and Calexio — ex­pe­ri­ences Gal­lagher de­scribes as “un­be­liev­able”.

Their in­spi­ra­tions range from Queens of the Stone Age and Dick Dale to Wu-Tang Clan and Jay-Z — an ac­cu­rate re­flec­tion of the troupe’s sin­gu­lar­ity.

Tiki Party or­gan­iser Greg Pat­ter­son said Day of the Dead were the per­fect band to com­ple­ment his event next month, which would en­com­pass the tropi­cal themes of Broome, such as the beau­ti­ful beaches, wildlife and palm trees.

“Day of the Dead are an im­por­tant part of mak­ing the club night dif­fer­ent,” he said.

“It’s not like we have surf bands play­ing live all the time in Broome.

“I think they will draw a good crowd to the event as their style of mu­sic re­ally suits the lo­cal area.

“They are a mod­ern take on 1960s surf rock, which was an es­sen­tial part of tiki cul­ture.”

Mr Pat­ter­son said the event would be a fun night out for ev­ery­one, but dif­fer­ent from what peo­ple may be used to. “Why wouldn’t you want to be out­side sip­ping on a tiki cock­tail, watch­ing a live surf band and danc­ing?” he said.

“Peo­ple might ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing new and find some­thing they re­ally like.”

Gal­lagher said the per­for­mance would be one the peo­ple of Broome would not want to miss.

“If peo­ple want to dance, drink and party, then come see us,” he said.

“Did I just de­scribe the en­tire Broome pop­u­la­tion?”

The Tiki Party will take place at The Roey Oa­sis Bar on Satur­day, June 10 at 7pm.

Day of the Dead will be joined by DJ El Santo, who will play tropi­cal hits from a range of gen­res.

Picture: Re­becca Mansell

Day of the Dead band mem­bers Ben Fri­chot, Luke Fragomeni, By­ron Robert­son and Nick Gal­lagher are bound for Broome.

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