George happy to be back
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.