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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | SELF

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | SELF
Band Rock Reggae


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Drummer BEAU JORGENSEN of seven-piece reggae/ska band STORMCHASERS speaks to STEVE RAE about their upcoming show at the Too Poor For Splendour festival.
STEVE RAE: Will this be the first time you have played Too Poor for Splendour?
BEAU JORGENSEN: A few of us played last year at TPFS, but under a pseudonym as one of our members was overseas – so for some of us it’s a first, but a few of us are returning to play again.
SR: Do you think this festival is a good way of offering people a cheaper alternative for a day of music?
BJ: Yes, it’s one of the best value-for-money shows in Brisbane. For the calibre of the bands playing, the price is amazing! We have great faith in TPFS, it has grown so much in the space of just one year and we really believe and hope that great things lie ahead.
SR: With a seven-member line-up, is the creative process an equal one? Or are some voices louder than others?
BJ: It has taken some time to get the hang of writing and performing as a seven-piece act. Nowadays we try to approach our music in a communal manner – if someone is willing to show the group a song they have written, it will get worked into a song that has some influence from most or all of the members.
SR: With the elaborate line-up that you have, will there be surprises for your live set?
BJ: We are always trying new things when we pay live. We’re spending a lot of time developing our performance into something truly entertaining, so we’re in the process of trying out a few ‘surprises’ and gauging the reaction – it’s an exciting time for us.
SR: Do you dream about playing at Splendour In The Grass one day?
BJ: As far as long term plans go, Splendour has never been discussed between us –
we do plan on making a debut release in the first half of 2012, and we are very hopeful to play at Woodford [Folk Festival] this year as well, but at the moment we are happy to be working with each other to perfect our act while playing shows like Too Poor For Splendour. - Rave Magazine


Combining the unique and inimitable talents of the individuals listed below, StormChasers really are something quite special:
Michael Gill – Guitar/Ukelele/Lap Steel/Lead Vocals
Beau Jorgensen – Drums/Percussion/Vocals/Beats
Paddy O’Sullivan – Bass Guitar/Harmonica/Vocals
Tom “Jazzkat” Hartney – Saxophone/Keys/Beats
Katherine Sheppard – Lead Vocals/Percussion
Finnian Idriss-Gilfedder Cooney – Viola/Keys/Vocals
James Pendrith – Trumpet/Guitar
Starting in early 2010 as a three piece act this band has grown and blossomed into its present seven member form to produce some of the most wonderfully rich and layered tunes that can be heard on the Australian music scene. Combining a wide array of influences including rock, reggae, folk rock and even pop with some influences from jazz, hip hop, psych rock, soul and funk StormChasers create an aural experience that defies description. This local talent are planning on making their first release in early 2012 and intend on it being fully self recorded in their Bardon studio. Moustache Magazine is proud to showcase such a talented group and present to you their track DubbaHoppa for your listening pleasure. - Moustache Magazine




StormChasers originated as a 3-piece Folk/Blues act dubbed ‘Michael Gill and the Storm Chasers’ in early 2010 and was formed by 3 well-acquainted musicians (Michael Gill, Beau Jorgensen and Patrick O’Sullivan) who were keen on starting a serious project. The addition of saxophonist and keyboardist, Tom Hartney gave the members a taste of the sound they are now known for. The band eventually went on to adopt a second lead vocalist, Katherine Sheppard, a violist and vocalist, Finn Gilfedder-Cooney and James Pendrith on trumpet, guitar and vocals. Upon becoming a 7-piece band, StormChasers went through a phase of major change and production, working through new material in their Brisbane based home studio and have emerged a powerful and polished act, eager to display the fruits of their labour and love – their music.