Gladstone musos go from garage band to national tours
BANGING instruments and sounding "pretty terrible” was the start of a career in music for three young Gladstone men.
Now Jasper Webb, Jesse McKenzie and Marty Stuart are playing to crowds of hundreds in Brisbane and across the state.
The trio, which make up progressive hard rock band Red in Tooth, is celebrating the release of its second EP Closure.
This Friday they will open for Kodiak Empire at the Live Room at Anthony Breed's Music.
After recently moving to Brisbane, singer and bass player Webb says he's keen to get back home to Gladstone.
He said they would play a mix of songs from their first and new EP, including some other tunes that could make it on their next release.
While they've toured the state and country, Webb said they always looked forward to a Gladstone show.
"The big highlights for us are the El Grande shows, they've always been heaps of fun,” he said.
"But my favourite show would be at the Gladstone Tennis Club when we opened for Northlane.”
He looks at their beginnings of playing Battle of the Bands at the Harbour Festival and entertaining their classmates at high school shows as a benefit.
He said knowing how to play to crowds ranging from a hand full of people to hundreds was a challenge, and something they have learned while touring.
"It's just a different vibe, you can tell when you play a regional show that everyone is just absolutely stoked there's a show there.
"In Brisbane they're really spoiled for choice.
"We try to play every show well, but you have to really concentrate when you're in a city because if you don't you'll fade into being just another average band.”
"We all started off playing in someone's garage and we were terrible, so now I suppose we're just less terrible,” he joked.
"There's been some amazing local bands come out of Gladstone but recently I haven't seen too much in the forefront of that for up and coming bands.
"I hope people are still giving it a go.”
And as for what to expect at a live show, Mr Webb said, "high energy and awkward banter”.
"Generally we're all so stuffed from putting in our all while playing that by the end of it I never know what I'm going to say between songs.
"Sometimes some really poorly thought out things come out,” he laughed.