Tank 7even

Tank 7even

BandCountryFolk

In a world that requires labels and genres; Tank 7even is a 5 piece folk/country/acoustic/rock band. It includes; 3 adults, 2 kids, 8 instruments, 6 instrument cases, 4 plectrums, 3 tuners, a couple of vocal chords, and a pile of simple, passionate songs about life.

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Biography

Tank 7even is driven by the life long music passions of Gary Dobbin.

Gary has been writing, performing and recording music for 32 years, long enough to be now playing and recording with his kids Franca (14) and Bill (11); add friends and collaborators Nick and Doug; and brother in law Geoff, and you have an eclectic group of friends and family that make up Tank 7even.


BAND BIO
Tank 7even are: Gary Dobbin - Guitar/Banjo/Piano/Vocals
Franca Dobbin – Acoustic Bass/Vocals
Bill Dobbin – Drums
Nick Vane – Guitar/Trumpet
Geoff Wishart – Viola
Guests;
Doug Halstrom - Mandolin/Banjo

Gary Dobbin started his musical journey in late 1978...wrote his first song in 1979; recorded his first album early 1981, at home on the family stereo; performed 3 original songs for the first time in public at ‘The Stables’ folk club in Perth 1982; Performed his first full solo gig in 1983; continued to write and perform through the eighties until 1991, when he and a close friend Mark Seymour...(No, not the Mark Seymour of Hunters and Collectors)started their first all original band, Arid in Esperance; recorded their first studio Ep Poison Creek, getting airplay on the local radio station, Radio 747 and a couple of offers to tour the east coast, which unfortunately didn’t take place. Since then, collaborations/bands that have recorded albums include; The Golebiowski Brothers, Frogs in the toilet Bowl, Sacred Bleeding Hearts (who won through to regional finals of the Next Big Thing competition in WA, and had airplay on ABC radio), Woodybrew (Airplay on ABC Radio), The Sid Jones Experiment, Wellbartlet (Airplay on RTR Fm Perth) and most recently (the) DEAD KELLYs (airplay on ABC, Hot FM, RTR FM radio stations; Nannup and Margaret River Wine Festivals. This band is still together and planning future shows over the summer period). Gary has his own home studio called the Zincroom, which has produced about 12 albums over the last 10 years.

Franca and Bill Dobbin have grown up with a music studio as their back yard...they are both self taught musicians with Franca an accomplished guitarist, Bass player, singer (performing solo for the first time this year at the Nannup Music Festival), and Bill on Drums and percussion. Bill played his first festival as fill in drummer for (the) Dead Kellys at age 9. They are both new to, but competent, piano players.

Nick Vane has been playing music most of his life having studied music at a younger age. His main instrument is the trumpet, however, has taught himself the guitar and is now a more than “good” guitarist. Nick is a teacher at Nannup District High School and a member of the band Woodybrew.

Geoff Wishart has been playing the viola his whole life, playing with the University of WA Orchestra, the Bunbury youth Orchestra and Indroorpilly Community Orchestra. Geoff is the proprietor of the Nannup Hardware Store.

Doug Halstrom has been playing music his whole life. A very talented mandolin player, Doug is also a very good guitarist and banjo player and an incredible song writer. Doug is the main man behind the band Woodybrew and has had the pleasure of jamming with some of Western Australia’s best blue grass musicians.

Tank 7even have been together for three and a half years, performing at the last three Nannup Music Festivals, and numerous gigs at their local Nannup Hotel, and recently, Perth. Their debut 12 track CD “Little Hoss” is not just an example of Gary Dobbins song writing/storytelling, but a compelling example their friendship, musicship, and obvious joy they have playing music together. It’s easy to see why they are well received where ever they play...

Lyrics

Wheatbelt

Written By: Gary Dobbin

Wheatbelt

Well my father’s father’s father’s
Cleared the land with horse and axe.
And he passed down with his stories
on the back of his broken heart.

But he kept on telling, his family for years
That this country won’t beat him, reduce him to tears
That victory was the day
They moved on out of the shed...into a house.

Well my father’s father took
Over this wheatbelt land
Took on some good years
And expanded like he had planned.

And he kept on telling, he’s family for years
That this country’s been broken, reduced to tears
That victory had been taken
So they moved on out of the house...and into town.

Well my father took over this
wheatbelt farm from grandpa.
Cause his father died fighting
The great world war with Japan.

But his grandpa kept on telling him, year after year
That this country is dying, it reduced him to tears.
That victory won’t be taken,
So they moved on out of the town...back to the house, that’s falling down.

.......

Well, you don’t have to drive far
To see the soil turn to dust
And you don’t have to go far back
To know that the history hurts

But this country drags me back, has done for years
And I don’t understand why I go back in tears,
But victory won’t be taken
As I drive my truck from east to west, and west to east...and back again.

Hills

Written By: Gary Dobbin

Hills

I always wondered why the hills were green
Or was it something i was told, so we would all agree
And I would hear lots of things that i could not see
And someone told me what it was, so i had to believe
It was true

I always thought that my memories were strong
But hearing the stories come back to me, I think I got it wrong
And god was supposed to look down on me
But when my father died young, I just couldn’t believe
It was true

But the truth is hidden in the lines on your skin,
Like the internal bleeding when you’re bro-ken

I always dreamed that love would prevail
So i refused to listen to the broken hearted tale
And I’ve tried so hard, not to listen to their hymns
But they’ve finally beaten me, so i have to believe
It is true

But the truth is hidden in the lines on your skin,
Like the internal bleeding when you’re bro-ken

It was true…

Time

Written By: Gary Dobbin

Time

If I had the time,
I like to dance the night away with you,
If I had the time,
I’d love to spend my time reading with you,
If I had the time,
I’d love to lie awake dreaming with you,
If I had the time, if I had the time.

If I had the time, I’d love to do it all again with you.

If I had the time,
I’d love to make the world a safer place,
If I had the time,
I’d love to build your castle and be your prince,
If I had the time,
I’d love to be the footprint that you seek,
If I had the time, if I had the time.

If I had the time, I’d love to do it all again for you

well; it’s been seconds, minutes, hours and days,
weeks, years, a millennium.
It’s been the car, the job, money, the house, the kids, the phone, the sporting club,
It’s the cleaning, mowing, gutters, garden and pool.

If I had the time, I’d love to do it all again for you

If I had the time,
I’d love to see the world through your eyes.
If I had the time,
I’d love to listen to the tears you cry.
If I had the time,
I’d love to be available all the time
If I had the time, if I had the time.

If I had the time, I’d love to do it all again for
If I had the time, I’d love to make the world better for
If I had the time, I’d love to do it all again for you

Hands

Written By: Gary Dobbin

Hands

My hands are going out, going out tonight
Looking for somewhere, somewhere to hide
Inside your promises, inside your sleeves
Warm woolen gloves, or inside your needs

My hands are lost, inside my life
Looking for love, or someway to cry
Someway to smile, someway to hope
I don’t know how, but they need to survive

So cup your hands up to your mouth
And breath out, it will warm them they say
So cup your hands, in a loved ones embrace
And breath out, feel safe tonight
And today, and then the night.

My hands found something, something tonight
That given a chance, being cold you can die
So they came out of hiding, into the light
And being together, is the only way to fly

So cup your hands up to your mouth
And breath out, it will warm them they say
So cup your hands, in a loved ones embrace
And breath out, feel safe tonight
And today, and then the night.
And today, and then the night.
And today, and then the night.

Truth

Written By: Gary Dobbin

Truth

All those walls, you cant climb
They’re in your yard, block out the sun
And the fears, your on your own
Got you like, a loaded gun

So fake you’re innocent, fake you’re blind
The other side, here it comes

All that air, you cant breath
Broken glass, leave it here
And the sun, you pretend to see
Got you like, a loaded gun

So fake you’re pretty, fake you’re wise
This is the last time, your truth will lie
So fake you’re innocent, fake you’re wise
Here come your others, they’re lost in time

All that life, you cant hide
Is in your heart, crushed with hurt
And the sea, you wish to drown
Got you like, a loaded gun

So fake you’re innocent, fake you’re wise
This is the last time, your truth will lie
So fake you’re pretty, fake you’re blind
The other side, your truth will lie

Discography

ALBUM – “Little Hoss”
12 songs – Total playing time approx 42 min.

1. Wheatbelt 3:59
2. Hills 4:03
3. Time 2:57
4. Hands 4:46
5. Rite Back 2:42
6. Saving 2:54
7. Truth 3:37
8. Clouds 3:17
9. Reminds me of you 3:41
10. Love Song No Sixteen 3:50
11. Drunk 4:21
12. Hallelujah 1:23

Little Hoss was recorded in a 4hr session at Satellite Studio Perth WA, then produced, mixed and added to by Gary Dobbin in his home studio, The Zincroom. It was intended to capture the simple honest sounds of the band playing and jamming live, thus; Drums, Bass, Guitar, vocals and backing vocals were recorded together live, then additional tracks (Geoff, Doug and Nick) added, (as live as possible), later.
All attempts were made to leave as small as possible footprint on the environment...an objective they feel they achieved by using all the original tracks recorded and recording additional tracks as quickly and efficiently as possible. They have used part recycled card cover, non toxic inks and no plastic. Keeping studio time down, and recording additional tracks in Nannup, reduced the need for travel.
The band is also planning to sell as much as possible digitally, and hope to limit their CD printing.
All songs are written, produced, mixed and mastered by Gary Dobbin.

Very special thanks to; Darren at Satellite, for his friendship, generosity and professional assistance; Denise, for years of friendship and support; Ken, for his love of music and life; Pete for his guitar work on Truth and Love song No 16, (and for having such big hands); and...Jim Dobbin is a good man.
The album cover has been designed to look and feel like a record cover, even the CD has been printed as such. It also includes a 6 page booklet with the song lyrics.