Aussie rock­ers re­turn to stage in Air­lie Beach

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

IT HAS been a long road of suc­cess for Re­gur­gi­ta­tor since they first formed in 1994.

And on April 28 that road will take them to Mag­nums Ho­tel as they per­form in front of an ador­ing crowd of lo­cal fans in Air­lie Beach.

The band founded by Ben Ely, Quan Yeo­mans, and Martin Lee quickly es­tab­lished it­self as an ar­tic­u­late player on the Aus­tralian mu­sic scene, per­form­ing with a di­ver­sity of styles in­clud­ing funk, punk, pop, elec­tron­ics and any other style which kept things rolling.

Af­ter mak­ing their mark in Aus­tralia, they em­barked on their first Euro­pean tour prior to stop­ping in Bangkok to record their first pres­ti­gious al­bum, ‘Tu Plang’, which is Thai for juke­box.

The al­bum was wel­comed with open arms in Aus­tralia and across the world as they con­tin­ued to build their profile and fol­low up with their multi-platinum ‘Unit’ in 1997.

More re­cently, Re­gur­gi­ta­tor recorded a #8 al­bum Dirty Pop Fan­tasy in Hong Kong fol­lowed by a 2013 Groovin the Moo re­gional fes­ti­val tour.

In April 2016 they per­formed at Mel­bourne’s Com­mu­nity Cup Re­clink char­ity foot­ball event fol­lowed by a Hu­man Dis­tri­bu­tion tour through Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber which in­cluded a ticket do­na­tion to the Asy­lum Seek­ers Re­source Cen­tre.

A defining fea­ture of Re­gur­gi­ta­tor is their firm com­mit­ment to so­cial is­sues, hav­ing re­cently with­drawn from an ANU fi­nale gig due in June be­cause of “gen­der bias” con­cerns.

The band re­leased a state­ment leav­ing no doubt where they stood.

“Not ex­cus­ing our­selves, but not know­ing the ma­jor­ity of the bands se­lected we had no idea of the heavy gen­der bias of the lineup,” the state­ment read.

“Given the state of so­ci­ety, en­vi­ron­ment and cli­mate we hope up­com­ing gen­er­a­tions across the world take time and ef­fort to con­sider the re­al­i­ties of in­jus­tice right across the board and man­i­fest more in­clu­sive at­ti­tudes and over­all aware­ness to make a stand against ar­chaic and non-pro­gres­sive ap­proaches that we are cur­rently laden with, and in turn to help make the world a bet­ter place for all.”

Re­gur­gi­ta­tor pride them­selves on their abil­ity to in­fuse live per­for­mances with ex­u­ber­ance and ma­nia.

With little over a week left be­fore Re­gur­gi­ta­tor ar­rive, now is the time to book a ticket.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DI­VER­SITY: Re­gur­gi­ta­tor is set to ar­rive in Air­lie Beach on April 28.

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