Spearheaded by brothers Peter O’Doherty and Reg Mombassa, Dog Trumpet have been playing, writing and recording their music since the release in the early 90s of their first album Two Heads One Brain.
Over the span of three decades there have followed another five critically acclaimed albums: Suitcase, Dog Trumpet, Antisocial Tendencies, River of Flowers and their last one, 2013’s double album Medicated Spirits. Recorded and produced by Peter at home in his ‘South Road’ studio, the brothers have created an inventive and original body of work distinguished by an eccentric and offbeat warmth and melodic drive propelled by Reg's distinctive slide guitar and Peter's elegant acoustic guitar and mandolin.
Their poetic and at times absurdist lyrics are set against a sonic backdrop that could be described as a meld of rock and roll, psychedelic folk, country and semi-abstract blues.Reg and Peter were founding members of iconic Australian band Mental As Anything. Meeting at art school in Sydney in the late 70s the band members began writing songs in the cauldron of Punk and New Wave, making a mark with their left field blend of music, art, video and humour and leading eventually to Aria Awards and induction into the Hall of Fame in 2009. The brothers detached themselves from the Mentals at the end of the 1990s, leaving behind as contributing songwriters a legacy of nine albums and over twenty top 40 hits in Australia along with several songs hitting the top of the charts in the UK, Scandinavia, Germany and North America.
Some of the most well known faces on the Australian music scene and we are stoked to have them back at the Quarterdeck for a super Sunday session!
the swamp stompers
Funky rock and blues with heavy grooves! Emerging from the dirtybackwaters of NSW, the band sounds like the musical lovechild of John Butler Trio, Led Zeppelin, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, with three-part harmonies, catchy guitar riffs, and didgeridoo soundscapes setting this original blues-rock trio apart from the pack.
Since this fateful merging of musical minds, The Swamp Stompers have set about earning themselves a significant reputation as one of the most promising up-and-coming acts to emerge in recent years. The powerhouse trio has stomped their mark on prominent Australian festivals including Caloundra Music Festival (QLD), Blues at Bridgetown (WA), Queenscliff Music Festival (VIC), and the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival (NSW). The band is renowned for their incredibly high-energy live shows, with punters and peers left in complete awe by the raw power and finesse displayed by this seemingly unstoppable guitar riff-driven beast!
‘’Like a cold glass of water in the middle of a hot summers night.’’
4.5/5 Star Review – Nkechi Anele, Triple J
‘‘Catchy grooves, intelligent songs and youthful hunger – this band has the
right mix of potions to take Australian blues and roots to the next level. One
of my absolute favourites.’’ Lloyd Spiegel (Australian Blues Legend)
“We highly recommend you check these guys out as we firmly believe that these guys will be Torch Bearers of roots music in the 21st century.”
Neil Mumme (Festival Co-Ordinator, Great Southern Blues Festival Narooma)
The band’s fourth EP ‘Shadows on the Wall’ was released in September 2018. The lead single ‘Shadows on the Wall’ received regular airplay on Triple J’s ‘Roots n All’ program in late 2018, followed by an impressive 4.5/5 star review fromTriple J. The ‘Shadows on the Wall’ EP peaked at #8 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart and landed at #8 on the AMRAP Regional Community Radio Chart in October 2018. ‘Shadows on the Wall’ received a large number of positive reviews both in Australia, and in European countries including the Netherlands and Belgium. The Swamp Stompers are set to undertake their first European tour in May 2020.
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