Take in a groove to ex­pand your mind

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Peter Car­ruthers Peter.Car­ruthers@ news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

HOME grown beat masters the Ti­juana Car­tel have packed their multi-layered grooves and are on the road.

Play­ing a string of shows in Queens­land, the Gold Coast four piece has built a firm rep­u­ta­tion for beats that span the globe.

Hav­ing a tal­ent for pro­duc­ing multi-layered grooves with touches of slide and fla­menco gui­tar, the Triple J un­earthed win­ners mix in a bit of trum­pet with Afro/Cuban per­cus­sion and top it all off with some hard­ened elec­tron­ica.

It’s a com­bi­na­tion that is in­trigu­ing, en­er­getic and ut­terly cap­ti­vat­ing.

The pun­ters at Mag­nums will be lap­ping up the vibe and the raw elec­tric en­ergy from an act that loves to tour on June 16.

For one night only the Gold Coast lads, who are renowned for their tight pro­duc­tion and out­stand­ing live shows, will bring ev­ery­thing they have to Air­lie Beach’s favourite place to party.

Ti­juana Car­tel are Paul George and Carey O’Sul­li­van as co-pro­duc­ers, gui­tarists and key­board play­ers as well as Re­gan Hoskins as MC and Daniel Gon­za­lez on Latin per­cus­sion.

Bound to­gether by their mu­tual love of in­stru­men­tal, trippy and mind-ex­pand­ing mu­sic, Paul George and Carey O’Sul­li­van are a truly for­mi­da­ble force.

With shared early mem­o­ries of hear­ing Tubu­lar Bells and fall­ing for the mu­si­cal es­capism they cre­ated, this duo have un­doubt­edly emerged as one of Aus­tralia’s most unique acts. And it ap­pears that their le­gion of fans whole heart­edly ap­prove.

It was a Bea­tles cover band at the age of 12 that ce­mented George’s goal to make as much beau­ti­ful noise in the form of mu­sic that he could.

An ado­les­cence lis­ten­ing to Led Zep­pelin and early Pink Floyd mor­phed into a grunge phase which then melded with trip hop heavy­weights like The Chem­i­cal Brothers and Mas­sive At­tack.

But it wasn’t long be­fore his mu­si­cal tastes took a step into ob­scu­rity, seek­ing out tra­di­tional In­dian and Span­ish mu­sic and South Amer­i­can duo Strunts and Farah in­flu­enc­ing his gui­tar-play­ing di­rec­tion.

They are a prom­i­nent live band on the na­tion’s fes­ti­val cir­cuit hav­ing per­formed at By­ron Bay Blues and Roots, Wood­ford mu­sic fes­ti­val, Earth Dance in Western Aus­tralia, Groove and Grape, Yamba’s Surf­ing the Cold Stream and the Noosa Camp Out and Mu­sic by the Sea Fes­ti­vals.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MOD­ERN FUSION: Ti­juana Car­tel will play Mag­nums Ho­tel on June 16.

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