Quartet lets hair down
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.
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Rogerthat are back on the live hustings after a year off.