TRADESMEN - Australian Band
After being “treated as gods” in the USA and establishing a
strong fan base in
Rob Hirst and
Martin Rotsey, team up with
Dom Turner to form the Angry
Tradesmen. The name was chosen with the realisation
that everyone was either an angry tradesman or has hired
Rob Hirst and Dom
Turner are also the founding members of the successful
Australian blues group – Backsliders. In the 90’s the trio
realised they each understood how the others operated and so the
band Angry Tradesmen was born. Rob
Vocals, Harmonica) all share the responsibility of song writing.
Rob Hirst appreciates the easy going
style of the Angry Tradesmen compared to the pressures he was
under with Midnight Oil.
“With my history
in Midnight Oil, we used to work ideas in every different key
and in every different arrangement. I was kind of glad to be
released from that, from that endless rehearsal [and] to do
something very spontaneous which is the way Dom always liked to
work, so I felt kind of liberated by that. [The] idea of just doing
stuff which felt right at the time and not dwelling on it too much.”
has an EP out and their album will be released later in the
year, with several festival appearances to follow.
Their debut album, 'Beat the House', was made independently. “We
were going to call it ‘Two Sheds’ but decided to call it
‘Beat the House’’’, laughs Dom.
"The way the
Tradesmen album came together was very haphazard. We had ‘x’ number
of riffs, vocal ideas and lyrics and beats and then threw them
together, following our instinct in rehearsal rooms. We recorded
very quickly in Megaphone Studios in Sydney. The album’s got a
lovely timbre sound to it….," explains Rob.
With the wealth
of previous fame and experience behind all band members, this
down-to-earth Australian band is in the industry purely for the love
of making music, not for fame and fortune:
“Music is more
like a sentence that you carry to your grave, unless you are the
Back Street Boys when you probably shouldn’t,” jokes Rob.
upcoming gigs click on
2008 Bluesfest - Bryon Bay
Article and photos by Chrissy Layton, AusNotebook Music & Creative