Band Galleri draws community together for Seal Rocks show

Roots n' all: Galleri performs at Seal Rocks for a documentary a friend is making on the band. For updates like Galleri on Facebook. Photo: Ecca.

Roots n' all: Galleri performs at Seal Rocks for a documentary a friend is making on the band. For updates like Galleri on Facebook. Photo: Ecca.

CRASHING waves teamed with the rock and roots sound of Galleri made for a magic evening at Seal Rocks last week. 

The Pacific Palms based band invited friends and family to take part in a special video recording of their music down by the water. 

Vocalist and guitarist John Moore said the videos will be used by a friend who is putting together a documentary about the band – from their early beginnings to drummer Reuben Carr’s van loving lifestyle. 

As John tells it the origins of Galleri started his parent’s pizza place. In 2009 John, his brother James and friend Levi Keighly started regularly playing music at the Moore’s parents’ wood-fire pizza place at Greenpoint. 

“We were kind of like the in-house band,” John said. 

The pizza place was called ‘The Gallery’ due to it previously being an art gallery – the band took the name as their own, but gave it an ‘i’. Live music was a large part in the development of the venue’s presence in the community. 

Fellow local musicians and brothers Grady and Jake Meadows along with The Preatures of Is This Is How You Feel? fame - were some of the acts the venue saw over its two years of occupation. 

In the years to follow Galleri would grow in band numbers and stage presence, even incorporating a horn section. Their unique sound and songwriting has attracted interest and bookings from festivals and venues along the east coast including Maitland’s Groovin the Moo and the Hunter Valley’s The Gum Ball festival this year. John said the band is working on recording and releasing more of their music.

“We hired the community hall at Pacific Palms to record some music recently,” he said. 

“Everything a part from the horns was recorded live.

“We want to release it that way. Bands that inspire us are from the 60s and 70s – when you listen to their music, you listen out for those special, little mistakes.” 

Galleri play Forster’s Grow Your Own on December 23

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