Jobstopper

Jobstopper

 Cairns, Queensland, AUS
BandRockReggae

Jobstopper is a seven piece ska band from Cairns in regional Far North Queensland. With a bouncy energy, controversial themes and catchy brass lines over ripping distortion, a Jobstopper show is entertaining to say the least...

Biography

Jobstopper began with humble ideas in 2009 to create a ska-punk band influenced by exciting acts like Catch 22, Bomb the Music Industry! and Reel Big Fish. Wil (guitar/vocals) met Adam (bass) via an advertisement in a local music shop and quickly becoming friends, the two decided on a name and started organising shows to play whilst still jamming as a two-piece in a sweaty garage. After adding to the line-up old friends Casey (saxophone), Jordan (trombone), Hammo (keyboard/guitar) and an initial revolving door of drummers we blasted our horns for the first time in January 2010 to about 30 drunken (and possibly unwilling) civilians. Jobstopper was born and henceforth all of us would be barely able to hold a steady job for the remainder of our lives. 
 Our first twelve months saw us solidify our line up adding Trevor on the drums, playing nearly 40 gigs in our hometown of Cairns as well as surrounding cities and interstate. We quickly become a staple in the North Queensland music scene with our ongoing ethos that we’d play any show at any time. As a unit we spent every spare second of this writing songs and heading in to the studio recording demo tracks and six songs for our first EP. Receiving favourable reviews from both peers, press and our families alike in March of 2011 we released our EP entitled “These Ones…” to a packed house at one of the dodgiest pubs our hometown had to offer.  The remainder of the year saw us start playing bigger festivals hitting bills with bands that we’ve long since looked up to such as The Living End, Shihad and The Planet Smashers, earning fans Australia wide with more shows in major centres.  
 In early 2012 Jobstopper went on our first (albeit short) tours with Guttermouth, Frank Turner and Frenzal Rhomb putting on exciting shows to packed crowds and having a blast all along the way. Allowing ourselves a taste of the exhaustion, body odour and fast-food that touring brings we started planning more for the future. Shortly thereafter we returned to the studio to record three songs as a teaser for an upcoming album currently in the works and expected to be a reality in mid-2013. Finally, we returned to the major metropolitan centres of Sydney and Melbourne to play shows such as Ska Weekender and the finale of the Ska Nation festival, headlining our own shows en-route and meeting great friends. 
In the last 12 months We said goodbye to Trev and hello to a new drummer, Glenn (Moffzilla) Moffatt. We are also in the final stages of finishing our first full length album, set to be released next year, when we plan to sail off around the world to play shows in other countries.
To explain us simply, Jobstopper are a band who write the music we could never hear in our hometown. There is no publicist, no booking agent and no manager, just six friends who want to have a good time, all the time.


Discography

These Ones EP (2011)
Demolistenderby EP (2012)
Live Old, Die Old (March 2014)