It will be a case of not-so-old and not-so-new when punk rock­ers Cos­mic Psychos and Dune Rats go head-to-head on stage at Coolan­gatta

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD PLAY - Dune Rats and Cos­mic Psychos, Coolan­gatta Ho­tel, to­mor­row night

Two gen­er­a­tions of punk rock leg­ends will grace the stage at Coolan­gatta Ho­tel this week­end. Bound to re­sult in some wild shenani­gans, Dune Rats and Cos­mic Psychos have com­bined forces for a lethal dou­ble-header tour.

Since re­leas­ing their de­but EP Sexy Beach in early 2011, Dune Rats – Brett Jan­sch, Danny Beusa and BC Michaels – have been trav­el­ling the globe as self-styled punk rock Pied Pipers.

If the name Dune Rats con­jures images of surfers living it up on Aus­tralian beaches, then you’re half­way to get­ting what this young Bris­bane band is all about.

The re­main­ing half is the surf-punk on their self-ti­tled de­but al­bum, re­leased a year ago, that or­gan­i­cally comes of that. But Dune Rats’ sound is one more com­monly as­so­ci­ated with the beaches of the US, par­tic­u­larly the west coast and LA. Think Wavves and Best Coast. Not sur­pris­ingly, the band has toured ex­ten­sively there.

“The in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the mu­sic is more us three get­ting cooked and go­ing ‘Lets make a song up’, and it just works from there,” Jansh laughs.

“We stayed at the same house in LA for two months but it was more like living out of an RV the whole time, which was just as fun if not bet­ter, be­cause we were go­ing places in Amer­ica we’d never been.

“We have a book­ing agent called Panache and they book all my favourite bands like Ty Se­gall and Thee Oh Sees.

“Panache lined up the tour and we played some shows with my he­roes. It was hon­estly the best tour of Amer­ica thus far and I guess we have to keep crack­ing away at it.”

As for Cos­mic Psychos, in typ­i­cal un­der­stated style, singer Ross Knight says fans shouldn’t ex­pect much at all from the band’s live show.

“You’ll get the re­ally raw ver­sion. We’ll be all over the shop. Our shows can be a bit loose – here, there and ev­ery­where,” he says.

On the topic of new mu­sic, Knight and drum­mer Dean Muller (the band also in­cludes John McKeer­ing on gui­tar) “bash out a thing ev­ery now and again”.

The punk rock­ers from Kyne­ton, in ru­ral Vic­to­ria, have never let their suc­cesses to get in the way of real life.


Bris­bane band Dune Rats have been mak­ing waves in the US and are set to share the stage with the Cos­mic Psychos.

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