PLAYING as part of one of the country’s biggest touring festivals – Groovin’ the Moo – is a big coup for rock/surf /psychobilly band Vacant Field.
Not only will they perform in front of a home crowd (although the band now resides in Sydney) but they’ll be playing alongside music idols, American hip hop group Public Enemy.
“We’re big Public Enemy fans so hopefully we can bump into Flavour Flav backstage and ask what time it is,” says frontman and guitarist Ryan Jordan.
If you haven’t heard of Vacant Field, you might want to check them out. In a music review on the band by triple j’s music director Richard Kingsmill, he said: “The only reason I haven’t given you a 5 star review is because I want you to try and better this – many times over. You have set the bar high. This is cool, funny, stupid and great all at once. You better have more this good!”
As an upcoming Australian band, you can’t a better wrap – right?
“It’s always nice when people don’t say they hate us,” Ryan says. “We’ve had a few people help us out because they’ve liked our music and that’s always appreciated because you do need some help if you want people other than your mum to listen to your band (especially when your mum refuses to spread the word).”
Their singles “Peppermint Tongue”, “Right Now” and “Kill Me” have received airplay on triple j, FBI and Unearthed Radio.
The four-piece, consisting of Bec Korge (keys), Tim Pembroke (drums), Paul Mulrooney (bass) and Ryan, met at UC and kind of fell together.
“Paul and I were in another band that fell apart because of tension between band members,” Ryan says.
“With Vacant Field, we just wanted to be a band that got on well and liked the same sort of music, and didn’t worry too much about musicianship.
“For example, Bec had never in a band before and had no desire to be in one either, but we hassled her to be involved because we knew she’d be good to have around. Now she loves it (or at least says she does).”
Currently the band is focused on some new recordings, planned to be released soon.
And for the future?
“Just to play good shows with bands we admire and to keep releasing music that we like,” Ryan says.
Vacant Field will be performing at Groovin the Moo at The Meadows, UC, Sunday May 13. For tickets visit gtm.net.au.