the Gonzo Show

the Gonzo Show

 Seventeen Mile Rocks, Queensland, AUS
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The Gonzo Show showcased their grungy-60’s-jam-rock sounds at the 2010 WAMi Festival. They recently released the single ‘Neuron Fire/Frozen Sands’ which is currently number 8 on the 4zzzfm top 20. Last year they toured Australia promoting the single ‘Steve Shelley’.

Biography

What do they sound like? A combo of melodic American indie early 90’s and 60’s rock revival.

Who are the Gonzo’s? A Brissy 4 piece who spawned in 2006 and are now establishing themselves nationally. Their resume includes 2 tours to Melbourne and 2 to Perth (including the WAMI’s) and heaps of local and SE QLD live shows.

Releases: Split Screen EP (2006), Zlato Baby EP (2007), Steve Shelley Single (2009), Neuron Fire / Frozen Sands Split (2010)

Having formed in early 2006 by two brothers Anthony and Michael Nowak, the band has spent the last few years establishing themselves in the Brisbane and Australian indie scene.

The band was recently selected as one of only two interstate bands to attend the WA WAMi music 2010 conference to showcase their music. In light of this the Gonzo Show launched another new single ‘Neuron Fire / Frozen Sands and tour Australia.

In late 2009, the Gonzo Show toured through eastern Australia and Perth to promote the release of their single ‘Steve Shelley’.
The single ‘Steve Shelley’ received great reviews ...with its wickedly searing guitar solos, loping bass line and drawled vocals are charming exercises in mind-expansion, while the simmering twisted guitar lines and cascading, dippy refrain of ‘Red Cherry Stains’ explore a fantastic realm between stoner-genius and hipster-irony.” (Time off)

The band has been selected to play in OzCity Australian band showcase at the Viper Room in LA and as part of their USA tour and will take advantage of some radio interest over there.

Their debut record Zlato baby was released independently in August receiving unanimous positive reviews... “I can’t believe the stuff is local. The Gonzo Show are just one of an ever growing list of, in my opinion, successfully kick-arse bands to be gracing Brisbane’s indie scene. Dreamy electro guitar noise, deliciously delicate but prominent bass-lines, a steady, driving rhythm section and a vocalist whose melodies scream ‘sing with me!.” (Rave Magazine)

The EP received Top 10 status on the local 4zzz FM indie radio play list for several weeks and reappeared a couple of months later in the Top 20. It still receives regular 4zzz airplay.

Enjoy the sweet sounds......

Lyrics

Green apple eye girl

Written By: Anthony Nowak

Green Apple Eyed Girl

Verse 1
I said to my big green apple eyed girl
There’s no other way to go back home
She stopped and stared and said to me
What do you mean there’s no other way to go back home
You look upon my clear glass bowl
with hate and dislike hate and dislike
I said to my big green apple eyed girl
There’s no other way to go back home

Verse 2
And when you find that warm sunshine
Seventeen seconds of mindless thought
I dream I dream the seventh day would rise (seventh day would rise)
Into the bliss we would not miss the staircase to the sky (the staircase to the sky)
I said to my big green apple eyed girl
There’s no other way to go back home

Chorus
Go back home go back home
There’s no other way to back home
Go back home go back home
There’s no other way to back home

Verse 3
I said to my big green apple eyed girl
There’s no other way to go back home
She stopped and stared and said to me
What do you mean there’s no other way to go back home
You look upon my clear glass bowl
with hate and dislike hate and dislike
I said to my big green apple eyed girl
There’s no other way to go back home

Chorus
Go back home go back home
There’s no other way to back home
Go back home go back home
There’s no other way to back home
Go back home go back home
There’s no other way to back home

Outro
She stopped and stared and said to me
There’s no other way to go

the fox

Written By: Anthony Nowak and Michael Nowak

Verse 1
I can’t seem to find my way out of here
When you got so many place to go
I can hear the phony preacherman dr dr dribbling
Something that I already know
And the man with the message which makes me feel inside
He speaks of fundamentals of another time
Those words of prophecy from those of either mind
Don’t mean nothin’ when I’ve got you by my side

Verse 2
I can’t seem to find my way through to you
When you keep playing stop and go
I can see your red lips are sh sh shimmering
Something that I don’t want to know
And your stare is electric it aches on my inside
Feelings of discomfort from another time
Those words of fallacy from those behind the line
Don’t mean nothin’ when I’ve got you by my side

Steve Shelley

Written By: Anthony Nowak

Hey there girl where you going
I’m going down town to find my way back home
So I took a walk in the rain
And dug a deep hole in Jay Bottle’s chin

In a fit of silent laughter
Like meta knowledge without any wisdom
And I’ve been around for a while
Long enough to see Steve Shelley hit pig skin. Pig skin

Go for gold

Written By: Anthony Nowak

Verse
You said you would be better
Pretentious, righteous, bold
To hold you in a vision
So solid yet unseen
So clear out your tear stained eyes
And awake to see the gold
That lies between your thighs
A paradise an oasis in a bed of thorns

Chorus
High above you I swoop in a deep urge elevating

Verse
I said you would be severed
Relentless frightened cold
To hold you in the middle
So shallow yet so deep
So steer out and clear your tainted eyes
And awake to see the gold
That lies between your thighs
A paradise an oasis in a bed of thorns

Chorus
High above you I swoop in a deep urge elevating

Outro
Eureka
Eureka
You reek of her

Neuron Fire

Written By: the Gonzo Show

Verse
It’s gonna gonna end here
Don’t you even think to walk away
Your kick stairs gonna kill you
When you talk and walk that stupid way
Haunted by the constant pressure to give into to
Torment of the Gonzo rhyme
My heart beats like a congested adolescent
Get ready to blow your mind

Chorus
Can you smell the neuron fire burning out your buzzing brain

Verse
And as I sit an wonder
Only good time will tell
And there’s something to hold on to
Like red cherries smoked remains
They call it designer destiny filled with
Childhood fun and games
And my heart beats like a congested audolescent
Get ready to blow your mind

Chorus
Can you smell the neuron fire burning out your buzzing brain

Breakdown
Can you smell the neuron fire burning out your buzzing brain

Chorus
Can you smell the neuron fire burning out your buzzing brain

Discography

Cds
Zlato Baby – EP released 2007
Steve Shelley – Single released August 2009
Neuron Fire/ Frozen Sands – Single May 2010

Radio Play
Currently number 8 on the 4zzz fm top 20 charts
The Gonzo Show are currently on the rotation list for iRadio LA, Canadian Banana Peel Radio and the worldwide AFC Network.
Zlato Baby was in the top 10 for the 4zzz fm play list for several weeks and reappeared a couple of months later in the top 20. The Gonzo Show now receives regular 4zzz airplay.

Tours/ Festivals
Weststar Music Promotions touring support band
the Gonzo Show have recently been selected to play at the Western Australian WAMi Festival
'East and West Coast' tour of Australia to promote the 'Steve Shelley' single
Chosen to play as part of the Australian Songwriters Live in LA.
In October 2008 the Gonzo Show played at the Queensland Multicultural festival, where more than 65,000 people attended.
Static Baby Traces Tour in June 2008 some of Australia’s finest up and coming bands.
Zlato Baby tour of Melbourne to play gigs at the Ding Dong Lounge, Revolver and Blue Tile Lounge.
Played as part of the Fete de la musique festival in Brisbane

Features
The song “Sunnyside up” featured in the Brenden Margieson “Margo” surf documentary “Wanderjahr”.
They also featured in an Energex television commercial, which was released in January 2008.
Anthony Nowak from the band was asked by Cancer Council, which is the largest cancer charity in Australia to record a song to be used for their thank you clip. This will be launched during Daffodil Day which is their largest fundraising event in Australia and distributed to over 200,000 people.

Competitions
Won the Kirra Teams Challenge Band Competition

Set List

ALL IN GOOD TIME - 5.50m
GO FOR GOLD - 4.15m
GREEN APPLE EYE GIRL 3.50m
I WASN'T THERE - 3.59m
RED CHERRY STAINS - 3.49m
RUSH - 7.33m
SEVERED SON - 1.50m
SUNNYSIDE UP - 3.39m
SUNSET MIND - 4.11m
THE FOX - 2.58m
VT - 3.16m
ZLATO - 3.50m