Ge­orge happy to be back

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Literature - Greig John­ston

IN 2002, Bris­bane band Ge­orge was on top.

The group was formed in 1996 by singer Katie Noo­nan and her multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist brother Ty­rone.

Six years later, their de­but al­bum Pol­y­ser­ena en­tered the ARIA charts at num­ber one.

Show­cas­ing Katie’s ethe­real voice, and pow­ered by tracks like Spe­cial Ones, Breathe in Now and Spawn, Pol­y­ser­ena vaulted Ge­orge into the pub­lic eye. But by 2005, it was over. Se­cond al­bum Unity failed to have an im­pact and the band went into hia­tus as mem­bers pur­sued other projects.

Katie Noo­nan be­came a mother and recorded a se­ries of solo al­bums, while Ty­rone spent five years liv­ing over­seas, three of them in New York.

Now Ge­orge is back, per­form­ing a se­ries of con­certs to mark the 20th an­niver­sary of their for­ma­tion.

Af­ter com­mit­ting to a come­back show, Ty­rone ad­mit­ted he was ap­pre­hen­sive be­fore the first re­hearsal.

“The thing that was amaz­ing was how sur­real and how nor­mal it was at the same time, to start play­ing this mu­sic again,” he said. “It very quickly started to sound like Ge­orge. “We’ve al­ready done one gig at the Bris­bane Fes­ti­val and it was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. “It was as if we’d never stopped.” Next, Ge­orge will visit Perth, sup­port­ing Missy Hig­gins in her show with the West Aus­tralian Sym­phony Orches­tra at Kings Park on De­cem­ber 3.

“Kings Park is, and al­ways has been, my favourite venue to play in Aus­tralia,” Ty­rone said.

“It’s come full cir­cle – when Missy was start­ing out, she was sup­port­ing Ge­orge and now we’re sup­port­ing her.”

As for the fu­ture, Ty­rone won’t rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of a new Ge­orge al­bum at some point.

Ge­orge will sup­port Missy Hig­gins at Kings Park on De­cem­ber 3.

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