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

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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.”

Pic­ture: TIM MARS­DEN

Tijuana Car­tel, Carey O’Sul­li­van (left) and Paul Ge­orge, play Where the Wild Things Dance at Rab­bit + Cocoon on Sun­day.

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