Bad Dad Orchestra + Barren Spinsters + Tobias

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  • Location: The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi 4562 Queensland

Join us in The Bunker for an all-star line up with three fantastic bands - BAD DAD ORCHESTRA, THE BARREN SPINSTERS + TOBIAS. 


The Bad Dad Orchestra are nine Tasmanian Dads bringing big grooves, snappy horn lines and catchy as hell vocals. 

They formed in mid-2015 from a concept devised by the band's late guitarist Liam Guthrie, and quickly evolved into a powerhouse combination of some of Tasmania’s finest contemporary musicians. 

With a number of SOLD OUT shows under their belt, festival bookings and plans to record their debut album, these nine Tassie Dads show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. 

“Calling it early: The Bad Dad Orchestra are the band to beat today at Party in the Paddock. Absolutely killing it on the main stage”, Britt Andrews, Amnplify

“Brace yourself for the Bad Dad Orchestra”, Caroline Gladstone, The Australian


These were the parameters. Two people, no loops, no dreadlocks, few rehearsals. 

Smack bang in the middle of hipster and homeless, The Barren Spinsters look like the plot of Pretty Woman gone wrong. Armed with a high energy live show, songs from a forgotten century, and a terrible band name, The Barren Spinsters are the kind of band that Jack White would maybe join if he lowered his standards.

They look like a two-piece, sound like a five piece, and move like a hair piece. Front man Brendon Houlahan plays guitar with his hands, bass with his feet, and sings with his face. Matt Tennant belts the drums really hard, sings a little bit, and wears really dumb shirts while doing it. Together, The Barren Spinsters deliver 70s blues rock with a modern thrashy twist. Much the same way that Wolfmother doesn’t. 

‘Ten Steps to Cynical Thinking’ is a modern day ‘Pet Sounds’, (caveat) if the pets in question were screaming alpacas and The Beach Boys were in fact the Adams family. In all seriousness, their debut album is the best piece of work that the band has ever set their incoherent minds to. It’s up and down, it zigs and it zags, and it’s out worldwide for you to hear.

“We’re very proud of the lyrics on this album. There’s certainly some impressive words in there, even if we did have to look them up in the dictionary first to confirm that they meant what we thought they meant. They didn’t, and now we’re worried that Inigo Montoya is after us”, says Brendon Houlahan.

This debut truly is the whole package, mixed and mastered by Don Bartley (Cold Chisel and Nick Cave) and artwork by Ruth Palmer, known for Enid Blyton illustrations, this southern boogie album is svelte like Claudia Schiffer in her heyday. 

TOBiAS (and full band)

Soulful. Engaging. Enigmatic. That's Tobias.

Tobias' music brings the room to life. After two decades performing on the international stage, Tobias has cemented his reputation as one of Australia's leading indie/ folk pop artists, playing alongside Missy Higgins, Jen Cloher, Archie Roach, Fanny Lumsden and Toni Childs. 

Known for his exceptional breadth, craftsmanship and songwriting ability, Tobias and his music are loved by the radio community. Every single he's released has been added to ABC network Australia-wide and played on Triple J and Double J, and his latest single When The Sun Come Up Again sat at #1 for more than a month on the AMRAP charts last year.

Tobias has toured for the past three years, living on the road and building audiences around Australia, including performances at Woodford Folk Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, and Mullumbimby Music Festival, as well as organising drought relief concerts in towns throughout Western Queensland. He's set to release his third studio album in 2020 with three singles to be released both this year and next.

"If you’re a fan of The War On Drugs, Beck or Bruce Springsteen, Tobias is sure to be your new favourite" – AAA Backstage

Imperial Hotel Courtesy Bus 

The Imperial Hotel’s FREE courtesy bus operates Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm, travelling to Eumundi, Belli Park, Cooroy, Doonan, Eerwah Vale, North Arm, and Verrierdale. Phone 0467 414 171 to book.

Bad Dad Orchestra + Barren Spinsters + Tobias
Friday 4 October 2019
Doors open 7.30pm
TICKETS: Pre-sale $20 at The Imperial Hotel (Ph:5442 8811) or through Oztix - CLICK HERE (+ booking fee). $25 at the door.

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