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LO­CAL quar­tet The Ver­nons (pic­tured) jumped at the chance to do­nate their time and join Tum­ble­weed and Money For Rope on the bill for The Fes­ti­val of AB this week­end. The event is a trib­ute to famed surfer and shaper Al­lan Byrne, who died af­ter a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent in Bali last month. The Fes­ti­val of AB, which also fea­tures New Jack Rubys and The Sea Shall Not Have Them, will raise money for Byrne’s fam­ily with raf­fles and give­aways in­clud­ing a hand-shaped AB board – one of the last to leave his fac­tory. The Ver­nons front­man Jonny Nyst says he and band­mates James Nik­i­forides, Hugh Tait and El­liot Gooch are hon­oured and ex­cited to be a part of the event. ‘‘I knew of AB and all that he has done,’’ says Nyst. ‘‘It’s a very sad oc­ca­sion but I am sure ev­ery­one will be there in good spir­its to cel­e­brate his life.’’ The Ver­nons re­leased their de­but EP, Vol­ume 1, last week af­ter an eight-date east coast tour. A mix of delta blues and old­school rock, Nyst says the EP sums up the band’s va­ri­ety. ‘‘We don’t ever want to stick to one sound,’’ he says. ‘‘Peo­ple who con­stantly do the same thing are wast­ing their time. We want to keep it pretty dif­fer­ent.’’ While the Coast is known for breed­ing surf-rock bands, Nyst says The Ver­nons were never meant to go down that path. The gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist says his fa­ther, prom­i­nent Gold Coast lawyer Chris Nyst, em­bed­ded his love for old-school grooves. ‘‘That’s what my old man taught me. It’s all skin and bones,’’ he says. ‘‘He plays a bit of gui­tar and he got me into it when I was young. He put me on to all that mu­sic – Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Wa­ters.’’ Nyst is not ashamed to ad­mit The Ver­nons ‘‘play dad mu­sic’’. ‘‘Dads are cool. We don’t feel daggy one bit,’’ he says. Fuzz rock favourites Tum­ble­weed will also show off new ma­te­rial at The Fes­ti­val of AB. The band launches Moun­tain, the first sin­gle from their new al­bum, in Bris­bane to­mor­row as part of Big­sound Live be­fore they head to the Coast on Satur­day. The al­bum, Sounds From The Other Side, was recorded to two-inch tape at Syd­ney’s Ran­com Stu­dio, mixed at The Grove, on the Cen­tral Coast, and pro­duced by Paul McKercher, who helped define Tum­ble­weed’s sound on 1995 al­bum Galac­ta­phonic and hit sin­gle Daddy Long Legs.

The Ver­nons play The Ele­phant Arms, in Bris­bane, tonight for Big­sound Live. Tum­ble­weed play The Zoo to­mor­row for Big­sound Live. The Fes­ti­val of AB plays Cur­rumbin Creek Tav­ern, on Satur­day from 6pm. Tick­ets are $50 (+bf) via Oztix.

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