Quar­tet lets hair down

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

FTER a one-year hia­tus, Gold Coast’s Rogerthat are back in ac­tion and ready to take on the party sea­son.

The psy­che­delic four-piece, renowned for their great hair and gen­er­ous beards, en­joyed some time off to travel and pur­sue other mu­si­cal projects.

Gui­tarist Jimmy Young says get­ting back into the swing of things ‘‘felt like we hadn’t left for a day’’.

‘‘We have been play­ing to­gether since 2001 so as soon as we started jam­ming again it felt so fa­mil­iar,’’ he says.

‘‘The break has re­ju­ve­nated our en­thu­si­asm. It’s so re­fresh­ing to be mak­ing mu­sic to­gether again.’’

Rogerthat re­leased their de­but, The Desert’s Call, in 2009, an al­bum that fuses psy­che­delic riffs with mul­ti­lay­ered vo­cals.

The quar­tet earnt an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence when they toured Canada, Europe and the UK in the months that fol­lowed the re­lease.

While US Ska-punk band Sub­lime were ini­tially the in­spi­ra­tion for Rogerthat to cre­ate mu­sic, Young says the band quickly devel­oped a wide­spread in­ter­est in dif­fer­ent gen­res.

‘‘When we started we were all about Sub­lime. We wanted to be Sub­lime,’’ he says, laugh­ing.

‘‘We al­ways loved the punk-reg­gae sounds. But we also love Dr Dre, Led Zep­pelin and Jimi Hen­drix. It took us a long time to com­bine all the el­e­ments into a way peo­ple could process – we couldn’t play a rap song, then psy­che­delic and then reg­gae. ‘‘We had to find a way to mould it all to­gether.’’ Young says the band will re­lease an EP in the new year which will see their sound ‘‘go back to where we started’’.

‘‘We def­i­nitely want to have an old-school ap­proach to it,’’ he says. ‘‘We just have to find some time to knuckle down and do some record­ings. We want to fo­cus on some new stuff.’’

Rogerthat find in­spi­ra­tion jam­ming in an old ship­ping con­tainer on Young’s prop­erty.

‘‘It’s all decked out. It’s pretty much four sweaty men jammed into one box mak­ing tunes,’’ he says.

‘‘We will nor­mally spend a day up there and have bar­bies around the pool. It’s a great set-up.’’

Young says Rogerthat are look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up with mates when they play By­ron Bay this week­end.

‘‘We’ll be play­ing songs peo­ple are fa­mil­iar with. But we love to throw some­thing random in there like an Abba cover or some Dr Dre lyrics,’’ he says.

‘‘There will def­i­nitely be hair in­volved. Also some Hawai­ian shirts and crab danc­ing.’’

Rogerthat, Dead Beat Band and Lyall Maloney play The Great North­ern, By­ron Bay, on Satur­day. Doors open 8pm (Queens­land time). En­try is free.

What’s On, Page 38

Rogerthat are back on the live hus­tings af­ter a year off.

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