Four albums and countless gigs on from when they first joined forces, the collective creative powerhouse that is The Gin Club is celebrating its tenth anniversary.
To mark the occasion the band is re-releasing its self-titled debut album The Gin Club on vinyl and hitting the road this December for a string of tenth birthday shows around the country.
Born from an open mic night at a Brisbane Irish Pub, a bunch of regulars started playing together socially and the next thing you know, a ‘collective’ with seven songwriters emerged…albeit with no name.
“We were all in varying states of disrepair at the time, and drinking a lot of gin. One day we did a gig and someone at (Brisbane venue) The Troubadour wrote “Tonight: The Gin Club”. It wasn’t a totally shit name and sounded a bit like “The Gun Club” so it stuck.” recalled Ben Salter.
The Gin Club’s live band now features eight permanent members – Adrian Stoyles, Ben Salter, Conor Macdonald, Scott Regan, Bridget Lewis, Brad Pickersgill, Dan Mansfield and Gus Agars plus one semi-permanent members in Brad Pickersgill and Swede, Ola Karlsson.
Since those early days The Gin Club have firmly established themselves as a formidable group of multi-instrumentalists admired both for their dynamic studio albums and their inimitable live performances that involve all members singing lead, swapping instruments and harmonies, and performing everything from intimate acoustic ballads to wall-of-sound onslaughts.
They’ve performed with the likes of The Drones, Band Of Horses, You Am I and Paul Kelly. They’ve graced the stages of Splendour in the Grass, Big Day Out, Bluesfest, Sounds of Spring, Sunset Sounds, Musexpo LA and Canadian Music Week to name a few.
Seven songwriters cast a wide shadow of influences. Whilst their catalogue is diverse in style and defies easy categorisation, their music contains elements of acoustic folk, rock’n’roll, psychedelia, country, pop and more – all delivered with a distinctly honest, egalitarian and antipodean flavour.
The Gin Club’s eponymous debut album was recorded in just one day at Airlock Studios in Brisbane after band member Scotty Regan won some recording time in a charity auction. It features the now classic tracks Wylde Bitch, You Don’t See, Dear Roseand Cinderella. The Gin Club will be re-released on vinyl by Plus One Records this December and can be pre-purchased (alongside some rather awesome merch) here.
The Gin Club are currently recording their fifth album, due for release mid 2014.
The Gin Club’s Tenth Anniversary Tour this December – a nod to the past decade and a preview of what’s to come!
Thursday 5 December
Friday 6 December
John Curtin Hotel
Tickets from venue
Saturday 7 December
Sunday 8 December
Thursday 12 December
Café Le Monde
Friday 13 December
Black Bear Lodge
Saturday 14 December
The Spotted Cow
Thursday 19 December
Saturday 21 December