The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SALLY COATES

When Regurgitator take the stage at the EB Games Expo on the Gold Coast in a cou­ple of weeks, it won’t just be the at­ten­dees who’ll be stoked.

A 12-year-old Ben Ely, who has no idea of the rock-star life that awaits him, will be pretty pumped as well.

“When I was a young teenager, when the Atari con­sole came out in the early ’80s it was like ‘oh wow’,” Ben says.

“It’d just be like Pong or some­thing su­per sim­ple but it was mind-blow­ing.

“So if some­one told me when I was 12, ‘You’ll play your music at the equiv­a­lent of an Atari con­ven­tion one day,’ I’d prob­a­bly do a back­flip even though I couldn’t do back­flips.”

The group, af­fec­tion­ately known as the ’Gurge, will also be cel­e­brat­ing 20 years since Unit, their ground­break­ing al­bum from where they de­cided to make their pre­vi­ously punk, rock, al­ter­na­tive, grungy music a lit­tle more fe­male friendly.

Polyester Girl! (The Song For­merly Known As), Black Bugs, Mod­ern Life – they all came from the triple-plat­inum al­bum.

“We had a lot of guys com­ing to our gigs, back in the days when peo­ple could stage dive,” Ben says.

“There was a lot of dude en­ergy at gigs, so we made a de­ci­sion con­sciously to make it more poppy, stuff for boys and girls.”

A video game con­ven­tion con­jures up a cer­tain men­tal im­age, and there aren’t many footy play­ers in that crowd. But that’s why the ’Gurge are the perfect group to per­form – they’ve al­ways made it OK to be a lit­tle (or a lot) weird, to do things dif­fer­ently and not blend in with the crowd.

Their cos­tumes, which range from full space suits to pink and leop­ard print one­sies, have al­ways per­fectly rep­re­sented their de­light­ful weird­ness.

“Our man­ager keeps all our cos­tumes in a vault and he pulled out cos­tumes from the 1997 Unit tour,” Ben says.

“These shiny, sil­ver oneone piece suits. They still fit but they’re pretty em­bar­rass­ing.

“My gui­tar seems to cover my gen­i­talia, so that’s good.”

Now they’re not ac­tively mak­ing music any­more, Ben’s got a side project that you’ll want to get around.

“I’ve kind of been work­ing on a kids’ punk rock show – it’s ac­tu­ally re­ally fun,” he says. “Like the other day I was driv­ing down the road with my daugh­ter.

“We saw this typ­i­cal Ly­cra clad cy­clist and his Ly­cra was fall­ing down and you could see his butt. My daugh­ter yells out ‘Pull your pants up, Mr Butt!’ and I thought it sounded pretty cool so I’ve made it into a Kriss Kross Jump style song.” Regurgitator will play at the Gold Coast Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 6. For tick­ets go to tick­

Regurgitator are plan­ning on pulling out some old cos­tumes for their Gold Coast show.

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