Brisbane’s rock and roll four-piece Roadhouse have big news – An EP, A music video and a tour. We had a listen, a watch, and a chat about all the musical treats they’ve got on the horizon.
Roo had a sneaky listen to their soon to be released EP Triple Shot. The three tracks Take A Seat, My Elixir and Long Live Rock N’ Roll capture the live, driving energy that is Roadhouse. With solid rock drums, thunderous bass, Angus Young-esque, driven guitar and growling, pub-rock vocals - these tracks will have you headbanging along to the catchy choruses, hooks and familiar pub-rock sounds of Australia in the 1980s.
Roo also had a sneaky look at the groups’ unreleased music video for Long Live Rock N’ Roll. This fun clip takes a ‘tongue in cheek’ jab at acoustic artists, indie-folk artists and underground artists and more than adequately portrays the group’s clear love for Rock and Roll, energy and live performance.
Roo had a chat to Chris, Doug, Dan and Anthony From Roadhouse about their music video, EP and upcoming tour.
Your first upcoming music video for Long Live Rock N’ Roll looked like heaps of fun to make. Can you tell readers a little bit about how you came up with the idea for the storyline, locations and the filming process?
The Long Live Rock N’ Roll film clip was an absolute blast to make! We originally constructed the idea for the storyline with Director Adam Hasa during a meeting at his house. The premise of the video was to symbolise the fictitious formation of Roadhouse with a little extra creativity and comedy thrown in. The idea of Chris as a ring leader and conduit to the rest of us in these outlandish bands, steadily recruiting members to form Roadhouse was an idea we all got on board for. The creativity flared from there.
The ideas for the locations were discussed throughout the group for finding the perfect locations to capture the right mood for each scene. Heya Bar, a staple in the Brisbane live music scene worked perfectly for Doug’s lonely cowboy scene. An abandoned child-care centre in North Brisbane decked out with obscure lighting and abstract extras set an incredible scene for Dan’s sci-fi robotic band. Finally a prototypical backyard set up with couches & fairy lights was the ideal recipe for Anthony’s Hipster band routine.
For the culminating final band scene - Tomcat was a no brainer. It’s a cool rock n’ roll bar and we love all the diverse artwork on the walls. The whole vibe of the place screams rock n’ roll which is exactly what we’re going for. All our best mates and fans gathered in triumph as the scene depicts Roadhouse finally becoming one. The same night we filmed they hosted their staff party which made for a killer atmosphere and an explosive finish to the film clip.
We’ve had a listen to your upcoming, three-track EP Triple Shot. Can you tell readers about the recording process and how you chose which songs to release?
Certainly! So our recording process is simple. We record in our practice space down at Empire Studios with our friend and producer Andy Kellie. We start as a whole band jamming the songs to a metronome only recording the drums. Once that’s done, Dan comes in and lays down his bass parts, then Doug with his guitar and Chris with his lead vocals. Finally we all come in and lay down back up vocals. Andy works his computer magic and mixes it all. Once he’s done we all have a listen through and tweak little things here and there until we are happy. The final step is sending it off to be mastered. At that point we sit back, relax and await the final product.
You’ll be touring your EP in the coming months starting with your EP Launch Party at Brisbane’s The Zoo on August 3rd. What do you love about playing live together? Can you tell readers a little bit about the venues and supports you’ve chosen and what audiences can expect from your live shows?
Yeah that’s right, Friday August 3rd at 8pm! For those without tickets, you better move your ass and go get them haha. For our launch we decided on The Zoo because it is an iconic Brissy venue and we have a lot of respect for the venue. We just love playing there and it holds a very nostalgic vibe for us as it ties back to our third ever live performance which really played a major role in Roadhouse forming its roots in the Brisbane rock scene.
We decided on Whisky Grinn, The Eagle Junction & Augusta as our supports for one simple reason - they are all killer rock bands who know how to play a tune and have deadly live shows which is what we’re all about! We want a show that everyone will remember and talk about which includes our supporting acts. That’s precisely why these talented bands made the cut!
What can you expect from a RH show? HIGH ENERGY & PLENTY OF ADRENALINE! Expect to be sweaty and have a sore neck & feet the next morning. We’re very audience involved, we thrive off audience participation and will get the crowd clapping along, dancing and jumping up and down. Each member is it’s own circus act. Jumping around, headbanging, grooving and moving along to the music we love. The philosophy is simple – The show is a symphony and we are the conductors. Relax your inhibitions, feel the energy, have a good time and the people around you will too.
This hard-working and fun band have so much going on and having seen them live several times I can say without hesitation that you will be delighted by their live shows if you haven’t seen them already. Get around it all by checking them out online and catch them on one or several of their tour dates.
Other Roadhouse 'Triple Shot' Tour Dates:
Friday 10th August: Cafe Le Monde, Noosa w/ The Unknowns & special guests TBA.