It started with a moo
Townsville band The Short List has its roots in a groovy festival, writes Jade Kennedy
For local band The Short List, the last 12 months have been a whirlwind of gigs, festivals and new tracks – and it all started with Groovin The Moo. ‘‘ We opened one of the main stages at last year’s festival, which was pretty epic,’’ bassist Jason Lynch said.
‘‘ We emailed the promoters expressing an interest in playing the show, and created a Facebook group to get support for it.
‘‘ It was an awesome opportunity for us and our friends. Cairns band The Medics were also on the bill, along with plenty of other huge acts like Kisschasy, British India, Empire of the Sun, Vampire Weekend and Silverchair.’’
Drummer Adam Krenske said some of the bands’ backstage antics were among the most memorable for the locals.
‘‘ We played cricket with Kisschasy backstage, and had some interesting DnMs with Daniel Johns,’’ he said.
‘‘ We also had a friend come up on stage with us dressed in a morph suit, he threw out freebies and danced a lot and sprayed the crowd with a water pistol,’’ Lynch added.
The band currently have nearly 2500 fans on Facebook, which they use as their main marketing tool.
‘‘ Any time we have a show coming up or a big announcement, we let everyone know through Facebook,’’ Krenske said.
‘‘ It also helps because we can link straight to our Big Cartel store so people can buy merchandise online.
‘‘ It’s good too because promoters, like for Groovin The Moo, can see how many people follow our band.’’
Since last year’s festival, The Short List have travelled to Sydney twice – once to record their second EP at Freefall Studios and a second time to film a video clip for one of their new tracks.
‘‘ We had the opportunity to open for INXS at the V8s in July as well,’’ Lynch said.
‘‘ We entered a competition locally that was judged by Kirk Pengilly ( founding member of INXS) which was a huge boost for us, he gave us some awesome feedback backstage at the show.
‘‘ Groovin The Moo was a great experience for us in terms of playing a big stage in front of a crowd – we heard there were around 25,000 people at the V8s gig.’’
The Short List have been lying low so far in 2011, with lead vocalist Daniel Chigwidden studying music in Sydney and preparations for an EP launch under way.
‘‘ We have just been announced as the headline band for Townsville Youthfest in Reid Park early next month,’’ Krenske said.
‘‘ Daniel will be travelling up from Sydney for the show, and our new EP will be available by then as well.
‘‘ We also have plans for a series of North Queensland shows during Dan’s uni break in May, but those are still in the pipeline.’’ >> The Groovin The Moo team is on the search for a band in Townsville keen to take to the main stage at this year’s festival alongside The Wombats, Washington, Art Vs Science, Bliss n Eso, Drapht, House of Pain and AC Slater. Details of the competition will be announced exclusively in an upcoming issue of Savvy, so stay tuned and prepare to get your moo on!
The Short List