Shared experiences on communal grounds surely leave more than footprints on the topsoil. They go beyond and deep. You can feel them as you enter under the Camp Boogie sign. When you turn into the grounds of Our Friend’s Farm and locate your home camp for the best weekend of the year. Your mind sparkles and soul shines as they mingle with your being, beaming you into your happy place with a tingling sensation. It’s spiritual. It’s metaphysical. It’s Boogie. The fourteenth instalment. The final incarnation in Tallarook. The last waltz in the dust. And what a dance it will be.
Read on for the first swag of bands that are sure to shape your treasured Boogie 14 musical memories. We have new friends, old friends and a whole lot more to come before we hit Easter.
Could the final Boogie at Tallarook line up announcement start any better than with the eight records deep, much loved and constantly in flux West Coast psych-rockers POND. Making international wave, perhaps at the most melodically realised point in their career and perpetually making the kind of refreshing music you wish you had never heard, only in so much that you can hear it for the first time all over again.
In Australian music’s new era CASH SAVAGE & THE LAST DRINKS are a much-admired heavy hitter. Led by their mighty frontwoman, whose potent lyrics and impassioned delivery – with heart and guts and grit – speak to the personal-political issues of the times and known for their epic live shows, they are a band at the height of their powers who have towered over festival audiences far and wide.
TWIN PEAKS’ one defining ethos is “keep pushing”. Embracing change since their 2010 formation – from youthful and raucous to adventurous and compelling and now to downright revolutionary, the well-oiled, practised and committed machine has cemented its status as one of Chicago’s most essential bands whose live shows burst forth with life-affirming adrenaline.
ENDLESS BOOGIE comes sweating through the speakers. The masters of electric-blues boogie are back, like the primal rock juggernaut they are, all surprising textural depth boiled down to its fundamentals and looped into a sublime, hypnotic infinity. Recorded it’s a pleasure – but live it’s quite another thrill … and hard to imagine many bands capable of making more glorious a noise.
It’s been a quarter of a century since singer-songwriter/guitarist Ashley Naylor, drummer Matthew Cotter and bassist Wally Kempton came together as EVEN and first took the stage at North Fitzroy’s Empress of India Hotel. Seven studio albums later, the band have earned a solid reputation as one of the country’s most adored indie bands emerging from the ‘90s.
GRACE CUMMINGS carves her own path, has no shiny veneer and sings for the sake of the song with a voice powerful enough to move any soul within a 500m radius. Returning to Boogie after packed out clubhouse shows last year, this time she’s fronting her own five-piece rock’n’roll warhorse on the main stage no less and it set to step seamlessly through folk… country… soul… rock’n’roll.
KARATE BOOGALOO is the zany quartet whose immediately recognisable wonky style exists to remind us of the beauty of colouring outside the lines. Their unconventional funk is guided by a steadfast commitment to bending the rules and with a refined sense of inelegance and tongue-in-cheek humour they lean heavily on cinematic themes, breaks and library music to reimagine deep funk into something quite off-kilter.
HAYLEY MARY is a wee pocket rocket with the voice of a giant angel. A bona fide persona with no shortage of past achievements, but they are not why we are here. Superstars live in the future. Bringing the songs off her newly minted debut solo EP to the Boogie stage, Hayley was born to sing, and that’s what she’s gonna keep doin’.
Formed in 2019, MR TEENAGE makes true denim jeans and dusty jacket rock’n’roll from the not-quite-mean streets of Melbourne. With members having hailed from other killer acts, their melodic love letter to various golden ages of music has quickly garnered attention in Australia and abroad. Pay close attention! These up-n-comers may be just what you’ve been looking for.
THE VOVOS are a Melbourne band who met through Girls Rock! United by a love of all things music from Courtney Barnett to David Bowie (as well as noodles) and between the ages of 15 and 17 they write alt rock songs about being young and female and also occasionally about carnivorous plants. They’ve been playing together for two years, and their debut EP, Constructive Criticism, was released in February 2019.
IMPERIUM (Latin for POWER!) are Teddy Friend, Nick Costa and Rex Everett. The fiery fourteen-year-old trio recently debuted their raw power punk and Boogie will be the first festival gig for the young misfits – proving once and for all that age is no barrier when it comes to playing unadulterated rock’n’roll for the masses.
|10/04/20 - 12/04/20||Tallarook, VIC||Our Friend’s Farm|
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