Friends' battle for top sound
GOLD Coast bands US of Oz and Soldier Crabs are friends at home.
However when they cross the border for the Tweed Civic Centre’s Battle of the Bands, on April 5 they will go head-to-head for the first time.
Manager, father of two and uncle of three Soldier Crabs’ members Jason Oldaker, said the band were regulars at pubs and clubs across the Gold and Tweed Coasts – including a charity event at Skilled Park in front of thousands – yet it was their first time in a battle.
“It will be the debut for their first original song,” Mr Oldaker said.
He said the band’s birth occurred two years ago after winning a talent show at Palm Beach.
“Since then they’ve played at the Tallebudgera SLSC, Brunswick Hotel, Tugun SLSC, Shaws Bay Hotel in Ballina, Cool- angatta Sands, Ivory Tavern and Twin Towns, to name a few.
“They fill the void with styles as varied as ACDC, Guns n Roses and Jet to Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry and Led Zeppelin.”
US of OZ lead guitarist Jesse Murray said his band had endured hurdles since forming in November 2010.
“The story is we were looking for a studio and found one down the road in Coomera, but it didn’t turn out so good,” Mr Murray said.
“Working with our new producer Toby Barron, we found Cowbell Studios.”
He said succeeding as a band was “one pain in the arse after another but we know we have something different”.
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