Keep rock­ing

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Kenji Sato

Nos­tal­gic mem­o­ries will be washed down with beers at Spor­ties Ba­rooga on Novem­ber 17 when The Choir­boys come to town.

The hard rock band that helped cre­ate the sound of a gen­er­a­tion is back on tour with a new live al­bum Pub Rock Live, which was re­leased on Septem­ber 25.

Blood, sweat and beers went into their new­est al­bum, which was recorded over the course of seven years through live gigs at pubs around Aus­tralia.

It in­cludes clas­sics such as Run to Par­adise, which has been hailed as the un­of­fi­cial rock an­them of Aus­tralia.

Lead singer Mark Gable said he didn’t clearly re­mem­ber the last time he per­formed in Ba­rooga be­cause he was drunk at the time.

This time around he will only be drink­ing in the spirit of the 1970s metaphor­i­cally to main­tain his 11-year sober streak.

The band was formed in 1979, which Gable fondly re­mem­bers as the great­est era of live pub rock.

‘‘Six­ties and ’70s Aus­tralia was built on pub cul­ture,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s the place ev­ery­one would go to meet their fu­ture ex-wives and hus­bands. We could fully ex­press our­selves in that pub en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘Then the in­ter­net came along and peo­ple stopped go­ing out.’’

Gable has a love-hate re­la­tion­ship with the in­ter­net and is a self-de­scribed gamer and ‘mad in­ter­net nut’.

‘‘Things are chang­ing. It is a very dif­fer­ent world and a dif­fer­ent sys­tem. It’s a lit­tle bit sad, but at least I live in an age where I can play Destiny 2 and up­load the game­play to YouTube.’’

His band still does it the old fash­ioned way, tour­ing Aus­tralian pubs with their orig­i­nal line-up in­tact.

To­gether they will re­live the soul of Aus­tralian pub rock at Spor­ties Ba­rooga on Fri­day, Novem­ber 17.

Still on the pub cir­cuit: The Choir­boys are re­turn­ing to Ba­rooga (from left) Ian Hulme, Mark Gable, Lind­say Teb­butt (above) and Brad Wil­liams.

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