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
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.
YOU’LL GET THE REALLY RAW VERSION. WE’LL BE ALL OVER THE SHOP. OUR SHOWS CAN BE A BIT LOOSE.
Brisbane band Dune Rats have been making waves in the US and are set to share the stage with the Cosmic Psychos.