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The Tremadours

Townsville, Queensland, Australia | SELF

Townsville, Queensland, Australia | SELF
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"Feeling the Earth move"

Townsville band The Tremadours are ready to rock your world, writes Jade Kennedy

The earthquake that shook the ground two weekends ago wasn't the only tremor in Townsville that day.

As the aftershocks rolled through, local band The Tremadours were busy battling it out against fellow locals Doc Moores, No Hype, Why Wait, Chinchy and Kate Martin at The Venue in the Guerrilla Moo finals.

Announced last week as winners of the competition, The Tremadours are now experiencing an aftershock of their own.

"I don't think it will actually sink in until we are standing on stage at the festival," said vocalist and guitarist Carolyn Luder.

"There were fantastic local bands in the competition so we are thrilled to be selected.

"We entered the Guerrilla Moo competition to have a chance to play with fantastic bands at Groovin The Moo and have the experience to play at a major Australian music festival.

"It is great to have opportunities for local original Townsville bands to have a shot to play at touring festivals.

"We thank Savvy, The Venue and Groovin The Moo for the opportunity to play at the festival."

The Tremadours, whose name came from 'squashing two words together' - tremor and troubadours - met in 2009 and formed to play at a Led Zeppelin birthday party.

Luder, along with drummer Dylan Howells, guitarist Megsy Megs and bassist Brett Baker, said the group had so much fun performing at the party they decided to try writing their own music.

"We entered our original music into the James Cook University Battle of the Bands competition and won," she said.

"That's when we realised that it wasn't just our friends and family that liked our music."

Coming from different backgrounds personally and professionally - Luder is a marine biologist, while Howells is an employment trainer, Megs a refinery operator and Baker a lab technician - has helped the band develop their own unique style.

"We get a lot of inspiration from each other to write music," Luder said.

"I write songs about personal experiences and then bring it to the band so we all have a say of the final arrangement of the song.

"We are all from very diverse backgrounds in music - I'm from folk, and the boys have played in metal, rock and jazz bands prior to The Tremadours.

"But when we play music together, we just click."

The Tremadours released their debut EP, War On Love, last year.

"We have an upcoming album release in September to time with our Spaghetti Western tour of regional Queensland," Luder said.

Howells said it was hard to choose one stand-out show for the band.

"Playing at Palm Creek Folk Festival last year was our first show playing to a large crowd and seeing people sing our lyrics with us gave us such a buzz," he said.

"Our music is written about personal experiences," Luder said.

"Sometimes hard times, sometimes fun times, which people can often relate to.

"But we play because we enjoy it and we love to see the crowd enjoy our music."

>> The Tremadours will perform on The Udder Stage this Sunday at 11.30am.
- JADE KENNEDY


"THE TREMADOURS How they were selected to Groove at the Moo"

Local Townsville band The Tremadours, are suffering from aftershocks after being selected to play at the Groovin the Moo festival in Townsville. The Tremadours battled it out with other local bands Doc Moores, No Hype, Why Wait,Chinchy and Kate Martin at The Venue Guerilla Moo finals.

"To have a chance to play with other national and international artists will be a fantastic experience," said singer/guitarist Carolyn Luder. "We thank Savvy, The Venue and Groovin the Moo for the opportunity to play at the festival."

The local, independent, Townsville band formed in late 2009 to play at a Led Zeppelin party. They are made up by Carolyn Luder, Brett Baker – bass, Dylan Howells – drums, and Megsy Megs on guitar. Carolyn explains, "we were asked to play at a Led Zeppelin party and had such a great time we thought we'd try writing and playing our own songs."

“Writing and playing music together has come so naturally from the beginning even though we are from very different musical backgrounds.”

The Tremadours released their first EP, War on Love last year. They have received great reviews on Triple J Unearthed and are quickly building a following in North Queensland. "We have an upcoming album release in September this year to time with our Spaghetti Western tour of regional Queensland," Carolyn said.

Anyone that has seen the band live knows that they pack an energetic punch to their shows. Their songs are about stories close to the heart and their music maintains a core of rock with layers of fun stuff."It gives you such a buzz when you are playing a show and you see people in the crowd singing the words to your songs," Carolyn said. "As a songwriter, it's the ultimate rush." - The Place Online


Discography

War on Love EP (2010)
The Tremadours EP (2011)

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Local, independent, Townsville band, The Tremadours are receiving increasing attention with their unique mixture of 70's rock riffs layered with folk acoustic guitar and vocals. Think Led Zeppelin together with The Waifs and this will prepare your ears for what you are about to hear. The Tremadours are Carolyn Luder – singer/guitarist, Brett Baker – bass, Dylan Howells – Drums, and Megsy Megs on Guitar.

Forming in late 2009 they have not had time to stop and breathe. Headlining the Palm Creek Folk Festival and coming 2nd in the Queensland Global Battle Of The Bands Finals in 2010 are just some of the successes the band has achieved within a small time. The singer/guitarist Carolyn Luder explains, "We were asked by a friend to play at a Led Zeppelin party late 2009. That's how we first started playing together."

The band then went on to win the Townsville James Cook University Battle of the Bands Competition winning recording time at Old Pucker Studio. "When we won the Battle of the Bands we suddenly realised that our music has a broader appeal than to just our family and friends," Carolyn explains. "I am from a folk background and playing those awesome Led Zep songs opened up my eyes to a new style of playing music and song writing. The boys are from very different music genres such as metal and rock but we find that writing and playing music together comes naturally."

With the release of their first EP, War on Love, they have received great reviews on Triple J Unearthed and local radio stations ABC North Queensland and Triple T. They are quickly building a following in North Queensland. Pat Hession, radio presenter, ABC North Queensland says about their music, "for a laid back style of music The Tremadours manage to incorporate a real intensity into their work. It stays in your head, but that won't be a problem."

"Recording our first EP with Blindsight Music Studio was an amazing experience but we are now just bursting to get onto the road again and start playing our new songs live," Carolyn explains.

2011 shaped up to be an exciting year. Being part of the GROOVIN THE MOO festival was an extraordinary experience for the group, and to play at The Palm Creek Festival for their 2nd year running was the icing on the cake.

The band headed into the studio at Trackdown Studios in Sydney in July to record their second self titled EP with the legendary Sean Carey from THIRSTY MERC and again getting rave reviews on JJJ's Unearthed. They then went out on the road in September for their " The Tremadours Spaghetti Western Tour", covering many stops from Townsville to Mount Isa, down to Emerald, then back up the East Coast.

They finally wrapped up the year with a bang and performed surrounded by an 8000+ crowd at Reid Park for the Townsville City Council - NEW YEARS EVE PARTY 2011.

2012 is kicking off with a support slot for JJJ's sweethearts BRITISH INDIA.

Anyone that has seen the band live knows that they pack an energetic punch to their shows. Their songs are about stories close to the heart and their music maintains a core of rock with layers of fun stuff.