PACIFIC Palms own LOS SCALLYWAGGS have been added to Port Macquarie’s Festival of the Sun (FOTSUN) line up.
Made up of brothers Joel and Nat Tyrrell and good friend Dale Smith, the band snagged the coveted triple j Unearthed spot of the summer festival for 2016.
Speaking with the Great Lakes Advocate, Nat said the opportunity came up as a surprise for the band.
“We recorded a bunch of tracks and mixed them with a mate from Forster,” Nat said.
“We thought about uploading it to triple j’s Unearthed and after we did, it started to get a whole bunch of reviews from people from triple j.”
The band’s track White Face attracted interest from the host of triple j’s Australian music show Home and Hosed, Dom Alessio.
“This is like some imagined union of DZ Deathrays and Dune Rats. It's bursting with devious energy,” Dom wrote of the track.
This attention, paved the way for the band being the latest addition to the festival. Nat even received the call from triple j when the band were in Port Macquarie, as part of the tour for their new album, Illumination Zap.
“I went to FOTSUN last year, and it’s a really, really fun festival. Being in the area, it was always one we had wanted to jump on.”
LOS SCALLYWAGGS formed around two and a half years ago.
In recent months, the band has released an album and embarked on their current East coast tour, but this hasn’t drifted focus from their ambition of elevating the status of music from the Great Lakes.
“There is insanely great musicians from this area and it’s really important to us that they get recognised,” Nat said.
To boost local bands’ recognition, the Tyrrell’s have organised a successful series of band nights at the Pacific Palms Recreation Club.
Coined, El Palmo Pacificano, the night has grown significantly with bands outside the area wanting to play.
But the boys are keeping it local.
“We have our sixth night coming up, and it just keeps growing,” Nat said.
“We’ve had people say they haven’t seen this many people at the recky in 20-30 years.”
The next El Palmo Pacificano is on November 12 at 6pm for $10.
The lineup includes LOS SCALLYWAGGS, VANILLA GORILLAS, The Ruiins, Joey Equine & The Glue Factory, Etch Punk, Skuzz Muncher and Lushesh Sideburns.
Along with Festival of the Sun on December 8, LOS SCALLYWAGGS will also play new Forster music festival Grow Your Own on December 23 in Club Forster’s Backyard.
Organised by fellow local musician Holly Rankin (Jack River), Nat said, ‘it’s a good incentive for people to come back through Palms and Forster for a festival at home’.
Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.growyourown.tv/