It started with a moo

Townsville band The Short List has its roots in a groovy fes­ti­val, writes Jade Kennedy

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy -

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!

Photo by Ni­cole Zicchino

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