October Rage will play one show only at Lake Macqaurie Tavern on Saturday, 28 April
Created with the single-minded purpose of turning out hard hitting, head banging tunes, and stadium rock anthems to satisfy even the most avid rock fan - Newcastle band October Rage will bring their electrifying show to Lake Macquarie Tavern for one show only on Saturday, 28 April.
Back in town after their fourth tour of the United States, singer Nick Roberts said he is keen to return to his roots and play some good old pub rock.
"Pub shows are still the best gigs and the most fun," Nick said.
"I don't know what it is about pub gigs, whether it's because there's less pressure or just because the ambiance is better, but there's something about a packed pub that just goes off. Whenever we're back at home we always try to play at least one local pub gig."
"I don't know what it is about pub gigs, whether it's because there's less pressure or just because the ambiance is better, but there's something about a packed pub that just goes off..."
Toted as one of the hardest working bands in the industry, the pressure of constant touring has resulted in changes to the line-up since Nick and his brother William formed the band in 2008.
The 2012 exit of drummer Rory Brathy made room for Newcastle drummer Kai Chambers (son of XTC and Dragon drummer Terry Chambers) who joined the band after seeing what he described as 'terrible' ad in the window at Musos Corner, while local guitarist and keyboard player John McMullen also came on board in the same year after the departure of Tim Ciantar.
"Over the years we've had a lot of great moments, and we've worked really hard," Nick said.
"Playing with Bon Jovi was definately a highlight, and in the US we played at a festival with Stone Sour and got to meet them. These are bands we've spent years looking up to and now we're sharing a stage with them. It's surreal."
The band has also played with international acts Alien Ant Farm and Steel Panther.
While Nick admits the band spends more time in the US now than in Australia, he said everyone still considers themselves a local and a Newcastle outfit.
"Australia is still home for us, and right now we're back here writing our next album and preparing for another American tour," Nick said.
"We've been together as a band for almost six years now and we've been through a lot. So much has happened, things that we've experienced together, and it's made us a really tight unit."
"So much has happened, things that we've experienced together, and it's made us a
really tight unit..."
Nick said fans who come along to the show at Lake Macquarie Tavern can expect a high-energy, visceral performance with something for everyone.
"There's a lot of energy in our performance," he said.
"We like to move around a lot on stage. Everyone's got long hair and that's always flying around and
we'll be playing the songs that everyone knows - no matter where you're from, or what year you were born.
"We're also a really friendly band, we like to meet people and talk to everyone after the show. We're just down to earth blokes and we like hanging out with the crowd. For us, that's really what it's all about."
October Rage will play one free show at Lake Macquarie Tavern on Saturday, 28 April.
Show starts from 7.30pm.