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"Peat’s Ridge Dec ‘05"

......Freeway lost out to the long awaited chance to catch local newcomers Rocwater. Having run into Duane on a few musical occasions the signs were there and all good to NOT miss this show... they were correct. These guys went much further than just off. A fantastic show. The audience in the B & J tent instantly increased as the sound these guys were making traveled out to the festival grounds. The sheer entertainment value and effort these guys put into the show would almost guarantee them a prime time slot on the main stage for the next Festival. Considering it was after midnight I was surprised to see so many people still so full of energy on the dance floor. They were loving it. The band slowed it down a little with a few songs from Duane, David and Andy (I think) but the audience remained transfixed. Local photog Ryan Heywood has also been an advocate of this band and their fellow musos The Soul Sound Project and his recommendations to date have never been wrong.
........Special congrats to the local performers who took part, many of them were on par with some of the top billed international acts.
With so many stages and so many acts to see it was a job to keep up with the program and the time but we got to catch so many performances from such a wide range of artists..
The ones that were more notable were, Hat Fitz and Itchy, Rocwater,
Dr Goodvibe, Ask Bob, Rubix Cuba, the Briggs and Simpson duo of The Stiff Gins, The Red Eyes, Azadoota, Carribean Soul, Rendra Freestone and the Rhythm Hunters and Lior.....

"Happy at Home CD review"

You know that feeling when you wake in the morning and your head is a melting pot of thought… well I woke the other morning to the words and music of Rocwater's 'Baby I Love You' in my head. Surprised, yes but on reflection, little wonder really.

I have been so excited with this new band and its talents that the CD is often on repeat for most of the day, it really is THAT good.

I took the CD to a fellow music industry veteran and long time friend for him to share the excitement and was not dumbfounded to learn he had seen two of these guys (Duane and Simon) in the early days of last year at a small gig and thought then they really had something great on the boil. He picked the same tracks I had as commercially viable tracks and thought that the ‘bonus track' was a definite candidate for triple J and a number one spot on their charts.

The Rocwater 'Happy At Home' CD shows an enormous amount of potential for greatness. The maturity, the vocals and the music all combine for a brilliant little package of what a first time listener would be forgiven for thinking was an already charted album.

The added bonus with Rocwater is the sheer enjoyment of their live performances as well. They are entertaining as well as being entertaining. Just to catch a great band live on stage is fantastic but these guys also have a knack for grabbing your focus and like a tenacious pup with a bone won't let it go….

It's wicked really, but when so much enjoyment stops it leaves you wanting more. -


'Happy at Home' - home brewed 8 track (+ bonus) CD
'Rocwater' (self-titled) debut full length CD



Who are we?
With bits o' soul, funk, electro-folk & alt-country seeping through their rock sensibilities, and with a magic touch for melody, NSW Central Coast 5-piece, Rocwater, combine 3 voices with a blend of acoustic & electric guitars, keys, trumpet, mandolin and harmonica that’ll make you laugh, sing, dance and cry.

Duane Marnell - lead vocals, guitar / Simon Melnyk - keys, trumpet, vocals / Brent Murphy - guitar, mandolin, harmonica, vocals / Andy Felton – bass / Dave Traina - drums

What do we sound like?
Take equal parts of The Band, Crowded House, Gomez, The Beatles, Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley, John Mayer, Paul Simon.... a splash of Black America, a sprig of the Caribbean and chase it with Rocwater's own Genuine 100% Australian Brew.

What have they done?....What are they doing?
* ‘05: Performed at the Peats Ridge festival where they launched their home-recorded EP ‘Happy at Home’ which was picked up and put on high rotation by Scott Levi at ABC 92.5FM.
* '06: Sold Out Lizotte's twice.... sold out the 'Supper Club' at Laycock St Theatre...Main Stage at Peats Ridge Festival...picked up the ‘Central Coast Broadcaster’s Choice’ award at the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards.
* '07: Recorded their debut full-length, self-titled CD on Kincumba mountain...released Mar '08 through MGM/Green.
* '08: CD launch party to 800 at the Bateau Bay Hotel...sold out Lizotte's, again.... picked up and put on high rotation by Scott Levi at ABC 92.5FM, again….airplay on triple J and 702 ABC Sydney….finalists in ABC Newcastle Music awards….after sharing the nectar from the stages of northern NSW, Rocwater headed to Melbourne in August to serve their infectious delights with some killer sets in the southern capital….when they’re not back in the studio laying down some new tunes, the boys will be touring the eastern states through the remainder of ’08.