Chasing The Jeffrey emerges with new album
MACKAY'S Halliday Bay Resort was inspiration in itself for Chasing The Jeffrey.
Band members locked themselves away from the world, in the tranquil setting of the resort, to clear their heads and write.
The rock band's second album, Into The Sun, will be released about July.
"It was insane - a big effort," lead vocalist and plumber-by-trade Brad Geiger said.
"We recorded it in Sydney and were living in Mackay."
The recording and trips to Halliday Bay were one of Brad's biggest highlights with the album, along with working with Garth Porter, an experienced musician and song-writer from Australian '70s pop group Sherbet.
"We'd lock ourselves in for a week at a time," he said, when it came to writing.
"It's like a formula for us."
The 10-track album has a variety of rhythmic sections, with major rock influences like Led Zeppelin and The Eagles.
Brad, 35, said every song had a different influence, which was reflected through the album.
"We were really happy with it - I guess it's up to everyone else to decide what they think of it. We'll be playing a few tracks on the album in Gladstone," he said, in relation to the band's support performance for Birds of Tokyo tonight.
Brad is "pretty pumped about the crowd" on his first Gladstone visit.
"We really want to hit the ground running and put on a good show and be welcomed back when we come again."
The guys are stoked to be supporting Birds after receiving a call from the promoter.
"I jumped at the chance - I'm a massive fan of Birds of Tokyo," Brad said.
"They're a band that's actually kicked some real goals on their merit."
Chasing The Jeffrey had its first Birds of Tokyo encounter at a festival after some confusion back-stage with each band's beer.
"There were two eskies - we grabbed the wrong one," Brad said.
Brad likes to think Chasing The Jeffrey is a band known for hard work, endless hours of rehearsals and continual progression as musicians.
I think we've grown as a band and as individual musicians.
Since forming in 2009 through pub gigs in Mackay, Chasing The Jeffrey has supported top names in the music world, including Diesel, Butterfly Effect, 28 Days and Calling All Cars.
"I think we've grown as a band and as individual musicians," Brad said.
"And being in our second album you have to step up the quality of music and the quality of musician that you are."
But regardless of all the work, the band continues to have fun on the road.
"I don't think we'd do a road trip if we couldn't get some fun out of it," Brad said.
So for those with a love for deep lyrics and classic rock beats, don't miss Chasing The Jeffrey's next album.
And for those wondering about the band's name, Brad said: "Jeffrey being the ultimate modern-day drug and music being our drug of choice - we're chasing the ultimate song."
- WHAT: Chasing The Jeffrey, supporting Birds of Tokyo
- WHERE: GECC
- WHEN: Tonight, from 6.30pm