Ben Castles, Matt Green, Nathan Bedford and Scott Rogers of Epidemic Over are reuniting to support Birds of Tokyo at the GECC in February.
Ben Castles, Matt Green, Nathan Bedford and Scott Rogers of Epidemic Over are reuniting to support Birds of Tokyo at the GECC in February. Luka Kauzlaric

Epidemic Over gets back together to support Birds of Tokyo

THEY have endlessly rocked the alternative music scene for four years as a band, but earlier in the year played their final gig as one.

Now, Epidemic Over is back, reuniting for a massive supportive performance with five-piece alternative band Birds of Tokyo.

Epidemic Over is famous for its strong rhythmic drums, distorted guitar riffs, soaring vocals and sonic force.

And in January, the rock band will be following Birds of Tokyo in a blockbuster show at the new Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.

"I'm not the one to make decisions so I was keen for whatever the majority of the guys wanted to do," Ben said when they were offered the exclusive slot.

"They came back to me with a massive yes which was cool.

"Birds of Tokyo are a great band. We were fortunate enough to have scored a support slot with them a few years back when they were on their rise to where they are now.

"They were cool guys and the party was awesome."

Since Epidemic Over went its own way in May, Ben said he has been living the "normal" life.

"Going to work every day, spending time with friends and family and playing some covers with a group of mates for a bit of fun and extra cash.

"Basically all the things I didn't have too much time for when we were away touring most weekends of the year."

The guys have individually been busy in their lives, with little time for regular catch-ups as they used to.

Ben said rehearsing for their upcoming support act will be a great way to get back in the jam room and start practising and vibing off the tunes again.

"I know I have my favourite songs to play, and each of the others probably do also, but I think when we start rehearsing, the songs will speak for themselves," he said.

"If we are all vibing on a particular song, chances are we will play them."

So as the talented local band prepare for the reunification, all the signs indicate that the upcoming show has clearly "been calling out to them"… and at the end of the day - "it is where they should be".

SUPPORT GIG:

WHERE: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre

WHEN: Thursday, February 6

WHAT: Supporting Birds of Tokyo with support bands, Chasing the Jeffrey and Barefoot Alley

TICKETS: $85. Visit gladecc.com.au



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