BUST A MOVE
Local duo Tijuana Cartel surf in at the weekend to play the cultural extravaganza Bleach* Festival’s wrap up dance party, joining other live bands at Rabbit + Cocoon in the Miami Marketta precinct
Tijuana Cartel get the dance floor grooving for the bleach * Finale Party
Surfing is so similar to dancing in that you become totally enveloped in the moment. They are two rare times that you are disconnected from the world – you can’t do either while you browse the internet, text a friend or talk on your phone.
You have to surrender to the moment, to the pure ecstasy of it, and thank the heavens that someone was kind enough to give us both music and the ocean.
On Sunday, it seems fitting that Bleach* Festival combines these two loves for its wrap up party Where The Wild Things Dance. As the sun sets on Bleach*, live bands Tijuana Cartel, Trinity Roots, The Lyrical and Wild Marmalade will farewell the cultural extravaganza with a dance party.
Combining world music and club beats, local duo Tijuana Cartel – Paul George and Carey O’Sullivan – are excited to be a part of it.
“We always make sure we have a few songs on each album that get people dancing – we make sure we salute that,” says Paul.
“It comes back to letting go. I have always enjoyed dancing.”
On stage is where Tijuana Cartel feel most at home and on Sunday, they will share it as a five-piece.
“I live for live music,” says Paul. “It’s something that’s a part of our lives. You are so completely in the moment. It’s not like anything else.”
After a couple of whirlwind years touring the world, the psychedelic rockers are ready to hit the ground grooving.
Currently working on a new concept album, Paul says Tijuana Cartel fans can expect a new single in the coming months.
“We have a story to tell this time, we want to make sure it really entwines. There aren’t many concept albums out there at the moment,” he says.
“We are more ambitious this time around. Our sound is more psychedelic and vocal driven. The album will have more electric guitar ... it will be more rocking.”
Having known each other since they were 12, Paul and Carey see themselves as brothers.
“We are like an old couple,” Paul laughs.
“We tour so much together – we used to holiday together – so me being based in Byron and him on the Gold Coast means it is good to have space.”
Inspired by the worldly sounds of the Middle East, India and Spain, Paul says he looks forward to visiting international roads for more tours next year.
“We are really inspired by festivals,” he says.
“It’s good for us to see what’s happening around the world.”
Tijuana Cartel, Carey O’Sullivan (left) and Paul George, play Where the Wild Things Dance at Rabbit + Cocoon on Sunday.