what’s on: Clubbing, gigs and shows
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.