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The Gin Club Announce 10th Anniversary Re-Release & Tour

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Four albums and countless gigs on from when they first joined forces, the collective creative powerhouse that is The Gin Club is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

To mark the occasion the band is re-releasing its self-titled debut album The Gin Club on vinyl and hitting the road this December for a string of tenth birthday shows around the country.

Born from an open mic night at a Brisbane Irish Pub, a bunch of regulars started playing together socially and the next thing you know, a ‘collective’ with seven songwriters emerged…albeit with no name.

“We were all in varying states of disrepair at the time, and drinking a lot of gin. One day we did a gig and someone at (Brisbane venue) The Troubadour wrote "Tonight: The Gin Club". It wasn't a totally shit name and sounded a bit like "The Gun Club" so it stuck.” recalled Ben Salter. 

The Gin Club’s live band now features seven permanent members – Adrian Stoyles, Ben Salter, Conor Macdonald, Scott Regan, Bridget Lewis, Dan Mansfield and Gus Agars plus two semi-permanent members in Brad Pickersgill and Swede, Ola Karlsson.

Since those early days The Gin Club have firmly established themselves as a formidable group of multi-instrumentalists admired both for their dynamic studio albums and their inimitable live performances that involve all members singing lead, swapping instruments and harmonies, and performing everything from intimate acoustic ballads to wall-of-sound onslaughts.

They’ve performed with the likes of The Drones, Band Of Horses, You Am I and Paul Kelly. They’ve graced the stages of Splendour in the Grass, Big Day Out, Bluesfest, Sounds of Spring, Sunset Sounds, Musexpo LA and Canadian Music Week to name a few.

Seven songwriters cast a wide shadow of influences. Whilst their catalogue is diverse in style and defies easy categorisation, their music contains elements of acoustic folk, rock’n’roll, psychedelia, country, pop and more – all delivered with a distinctly honest, egalitarian and antipodean flavour.

The Gin Club’s eponymous debut album was recorded in just one day at Airlock Studios in Brisbane after band member Scotty Regan won some recording time in a charity auction. It features the now classic tracks Wylde Bitch, You Don’t See, Dear Rose and Cinderella. The Gin Club will be re-released on vinyl by Plus One Records this December and can be pre-purchased (alongside some rather awesome merch) here.

The Gin Club are currently recording their fifth album, due for release mid 2014.

The Gin Club’s Tenth Anniversary Tour this December - a nod to the past decade and a preview of what's to come!


Thursday 5 December

Bridget Hotel



Friday 6 December

John Curtin Hotel

Tickets from venue


Saturday 7 December




Sunday 8 December

The Junkyard



Thursday 12 December

Café Le Monde



Friday 13 December

Black Bear Lodge



Saturday 14 December

The Spotted Cow



Thursday 19 December

Hotel Metropolitan



Saturday 21 December



“The beauty of The Gin Club is that it is a real amalgamation of intensely talented artists making something bigger then the sum of their parts, everyone sings and no-one stays in the same place for long, constantly switching place in a dizzying haze of instrument shuffling. There is not one bad thing to say about them.”  Tonedeaf

Like The Triffids and The Drones before them, The Gin Club have worked in an additional aspect to their music – the sort of feeling years spent in a studio simply can’t attain. The Gin Club make the sort of music every bar band and Bad Seeds fanatic across the length of Australia aspires to make, but seldom does, but because few either have the a) stamina or b) talent or c) strong editor-in-control (here, nominal band-leader Ben Salter).

 Everett True. The Vine. ‘Deathwish’ album review.

“The Gin Club is music at its most democratic, and their lack of ego really gives them a unique feel. In a time when musicians have become, for the most part, glorified, elitist and inaccessible; they write, play and share music in a way that is honest, communal and accepting.”  The AUReview



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