If you visited Wallapalooza in 2018, you would have witnessed a bunch of amazing local rock bands thrashing out tunes inside the historic Wallaby Hotel, a pub bursting at the seams with satisfied patrons. In the midst of that enjoyable ruckus were three Kiwis and a Queenslander, delivering another impressive set in their new home city.
So who were this young hard rock outfit?
These Four Walls – who are Vickers brothers Gray and Brad, along with frontman Steve Gibb and bass player Elliot Burton – had already established a strong support base in New Zealand when an arts grant enabled them to record their 2012 release, ‘Living to Write the End’. Burleigh producer Matt Bartlem pitched an immersive recording experience that included two months on the Gold Coast and was successful. While pleased with the recording, the band fell in love with the city, so when they decided to move to Australia on a permanent basis years later, that previous experience made all the difference. Brad Vickers explains.
“We already had a few contacts through the studio; we didn’t really know anyone in Sydney or Melbourne, and the Gold Coast weather is just so beautiful.
“And there’s already so many Kiwis here so it felt a bit like home,” Brad adds, tongue firmly in cheek.
2017 and 2018 were focussed on building up a new fanbase. They landed support slots for Seether, Trapt, Fuel, Skillet and P.O.D. after striking up relationships with Metropolis and Silverback touring. They got behind the aforementioned Wallapalooza when, while living in suburban Mudgeeraba, they stumbled on the event visiting their local pub, and they’ve now played the event four times. Also in 2018, the band’s latest single ‘Over and Over’, accompanied by a cracking music video.
So what’s ahead in 2019 for These Four Walls? February 16 sees them grace the stage once more at the Wallaby Hotel (a place which is making a concerted effort to break ground as a premier rock venue on the Goldie), then kick off a tour that includes two dates in NZ, and a Woolly Mammoth outing in Brissy in March. If that wasn’t enough, they’ll also be hitting the studio with new material.
“We put a lot of effort into our live show and that’s what our fans love best,” Brad says, “That’s what it’ll be all about for us in 2019.”
Catch These Four Walls at the Wallaby Hotel on 16 February.
IMAGE (c) Matt Young Photography