Car­tel farewell

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TI­JUANA Car­tel (pic­tured) have hit the high­way at full speed and have no in­ten­tions of slow­ing down. The Gold Coast quar­tet re­leased their third al­bum, M1 last year, and af­ter hit­ting the road for a light­ning­fast, 32-date na­tional tour, the band is ready to swap cars for planes and em­bark on its first in­ter­na­tional tour. Band mem­ber Paul Ge­orge says he has de­vel­oped a love-hate re­la­tion­ship with be­ing on the road. ‘‘It’s so much fun. But shar­ing rooms with four other guys can take its toll,’’ he says. ‘‘Af­ter hav­ing five weeks off we are itch­ing to play more shows.’’ The band have just re­leased a new psy­che­delic sin­gle Of­fer Your­self, and have al­ready got to work on a new al­bum. Record­ing at Spring­brook Moun­tain, Ge­orge says it’s nice to be iso­lated from other dis­trac­tions. ‘‘We plan to re­lease it later this year, we need to ride M1 a bit longer first,’’ he says. ‘‘We have learnt so much from the last record, and have en­ergy to keep writ­ing and get a head start.’’ Ti­juana Car­tel’s gig at The Soundlounge this week­end is a farewell show be­fore they head over­seas. Ge­orge says his home ground presents the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to try new things. ‘‘Peo­ple will be blown away. We try to do some­thing dif­fer­ent ev­ery tour – this time we have a Mid­dle East­ern per­cus­sion­ist and a trum­pet player,’’ he says. ‘‘When we head over­seas for the tour we’re start­ing at the bot­tom – it will be about prov­ing our­selves and try­ing to get a fan­base.’’ Set to play Burn­ing Man Fes­ti­val, in Black Rock Desert, in north­ern Ne­vada, US, Ge­orge says the fes­ti­val has been on the band’s to-do list for years. He says they have no ex­pec­ta­tions for the week-long event. ‘‘I guess we will run around for days in the desert, it will be a crazy vibe,’’ he says. Ti­juana Car­tel will re­turn to home soil in time to play Splen­dour in the Grass. ‘‘We played two years ago, it’s our favourite fes­ti­val. We’re on the main stage on Satur­day at 5pm which is good. Back­stage will be a cool place to be.’’

Ti­juana Car­tel, Deya Dova and Pi­geon play The Soundlounge, Currumbin RSL to­mor­row.

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