THREE friends, a passion for music, and a last shot at the limelight.

Kelvin Sweeney, Darren Woodman and Craig McKeown make up Gladstone band Octopus.

So what's behind the name?

"(A previous) guitarist came up with the name Cosmic Octopus; he was just after a weird name," singer Kelvin said.

"It's funny, at The Grand we were playing a gig there. We hadn't arrived and they were looking at the set-up thinking 'How are we going to fit eight people?' So they were relieved to find out that we were just a three-piece."

The three musos, all tradies by day, play songs from a few decades. "We play up-tempo rock. A little bit from the 70s, but we mainly play 80s, 90s and 2000s bands," Kelvin said.

"We're probably for all ages. We cover of bit of Living End, Greenday, Blink 182 and older stuff like Cold Chisel, Australian Crawl, Midnight Oil, Stray Cats and a bit of Hoodoo Gurus.

"We've been getting good reviews where we've been playing, the crowd has gone."

The band has been hitting the pub scene hard, trying to get its name out there.

"With music you tend to do it for a few years and have a break, and then you get back into it. So this is our one last stab at it," Kelvin said.

There is plenty of years of experience amongst the band members.

"Craig is probably the best experienced drummer around here," Kelvin said.

"He's probably had about 35 years experience playing drums. I've had the same as a guitarist and singer, and the bass player has 20 years or so."

Upcoming gigs

  • The Grand - Saturday 8pm
  • Rocky Glen Hotel - Sunday 3pm
  • Biloela Commerical Hotel - Friday, September 28, 8.30pm
  • Emerald Tavern - Saturday, September 29, 9.30pm


  • Benaraby Drags - Saturday, October 13, after party
  • Diggers Arms Hotel (Calliope) - Saturday, October 20, 7.30pm
  • Agnes Tavern - Friday, October 26, 8.30pm

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