With one of Newcastle’s mightiest bands, FACEplant now back in the saddle, it got us thinking about other Newy bands we’d love to see back on stage.
Punk/Ska band, Operation Lager hit the local scene in 1996. They played shitty instruments and amps but they made one hell of a sound. Their stage show was irreverent and energetic, attracting a motley crew to the Hunter on Hunter and the Cambridge Hotel’s front bar whenever they played. In 2001 the band changed their name to “Operation Lager and The I Love Busey Show” but the ethos and celebration of beer remained unchanged.
Before he became a full-time Gooch Palm, Leroy Macqueen played bass guitar in one of Newcastle’s most talked about bands of the time, Lover. With Graham Seaton on Guitar & Vocals and local muso Joel Redman on the stickman duties, Lover toured the east coast to rave reviews and gained a strong fan base in Melbourne before disbanding.
Drummer Joel Duncombe, vocalist and guitarist Corey Sleap and bass player David Rutter were, Luke. Stepping on to the scene in 1999, Luke quickly earned themselves a reputation for being an energetic and powerful live band. Their debut album release, Godspeed was well received but after a string of support slots for touring acts like Ed Kuepper, Machine Gun Fellatio, Nitocris and Motorace the band called it quits in early 2002.
Before Nic Munnings joined Sydney band Faker, he replaced local journo Stephen Bissett as the bass player for Newcastle band Muzzy Pep. The band toured around the country before releasing their debut album MOMENTS IN WEIGHTLESSNESS featuring the song FOR EVERY GIRL. Their single, I Haven’t Got Time To Spell It Out (above), received play on Triple J before the band broke up in 2005.
We couldn’t do a list of unlikely Newcastle band reunions without mentioning the world dominating, Silverchair. While not necessarily “broken up”, the boys have stated several times that there’s no chance of new material or a tour in the foreseeable future. Which is a total shame, because we love us some Silverchair here at Newcastle Live.
So these 5 bands are just a start, and now it’s over to you. Which Newcastle bands would you like to see back on stage? Let us know in the comment section.