Saturday 24th September
The Screaming Tribesmen were another great, enduring and powerfully melodic bands to emerge out of the Australian underground rock scene of the 1980s. With their indie chart topping single “Igloo” and their Vampyre EP at the top of the Australian Independent music charts for over 40 weeks, the Tribesmen have managed to tour every nook and cranny of Australia, as well as completing several successful US & European tours in their time.
Lead by guitarist-vocalist Mick Medew, a veteran of Brisbane cult band The 31st, the Tribesmen emerged in 1981 as a ‘60s-influenced power trio that spawned an independent EP and two singles before dissolving. It would be the line-up of Medew, guitarist Chris “Klondike” Masuak (Radio Birdman, the Hitmen), bassist Bob Wackley (Razar) and drummer Warwick Fraser (Feather, Hoi Polloi) that was the most enduring and best-known.
With Chris Masuak currently residing in Spain and Bob Wackley in the USA, this reunion tour will see both members make the trip back to Australia from overseas. Mick Medew and Warrick Fraser still live in Australia (in Brisbane and Sydney respectively), and are both currently active in local bands, this will be a multinational/cross-state round up of both power and melody, sprinkling a set of strong originals with lesser-known covers borrowed from the Dictators, the Verterbrats, Paul Collins Beat and Lou Reed.
This re-uniteted line-up provides both original fans and new comers to their music the opportunity to see this great Aussie band live and upclose on the Sando’s Main Stage for one show only! Fuse Music will re-issue the band’s EPs and album over two CDs with unreleased demo and live material which will be available to purchase through their national tour (with dates in Brisbane and Melbourne on the 17th & 23rd of September respectively).
Mick Medew had (and still possesses) one of the most distinctive voices in the country and Masuak’s tightly-coiled and lyrical lead-guitar was an ideal foil. Wackley and Fraser were the inspiring engine room that provided Rolls Royce propulsion for not only great tunes, but a brilliant live show.
Supporting the Tribesmen will be Sydney’s The Dark Shadows, fresh off supporting legendary psychobilly rockers The Fireballs, and their support of Scottish indie rockers Glasvegas’ Splendour sideshow at the Metro on July 24th. 80’s rockers Decline of Reptiles will be opening the evening, after their 2008 reformation. Definitely a night of rock and roll that’s not to be missed!
Tickets available from the Zombie Dog Entertainment website.