Since going down a storm at their debut Buskers By The Creek performance, two piece rock and groove merchants Burger Joint have been emphatically winning over a host of converts wherever their muse has transported them.
Channeling funk infused 70’s delights such as Shaft era Isaac Hayes and Dennis Coffey’s Scorpio with dirty, sizzling guitar licks and grooves in turns tight and looping, the two piece of T-Bone and G play like the imaginary soundtrack to a long lost 70’s cop show.
They also display a healthy dollop of playfulness, as evidenced in song titles such as the funk infused delight of ‘Chicken Parmigiana’ off their debut EP, produced by Benny D Williams, and the sultry, groove and grind of ‘Smoko Bounce’. The latter track will be on their upcoming new EP, ‘Best Day Ever’, which the boys are bringing out shortly.
They’ve also been announced as one of the acts at the prestigious Woodford Folk Festival 2018/19, and they’ll also be doing their own headlining shows in support of the ‘Best Day Ever’ EP. And keep an eye out for the spectacular film clip of the EP’s title track, which will be released to coincide with their Woodford appearance. It was directed by GCMA winning Nils Nelson and features dogs in sidecars on motorbikes, ridden by the guys!
With all of this hullaballoo going down, we took the opportunity to chew the fat with T-Bone himself..
How did you two guys get together under the Burger Joint moniker?
It kind of just happened! We are both mates from Darwin and we both left town at the same time, although I went West Coast and ‘G’ went East. When ‘G’ moved to Currumbin he would send pictures of the beach constantly, telling me how good it was here. I eventually made my way around to check it out, just in time for the Buskers By The Creek Festival in 2016 – G phoned me saying he was going to apply and would I like to do a gig with him as a duo? We got together for a few days, wrote an hours’ worth of music, and had so many laughs jamming and writing the songs that we realised we were onto something fun. On the day we ended up having such a strong response and when the crowd demanded an encore, we thought we should keep doing it.
What’s your musical backgrounds – have you gigged around in other bands previously?
We’ve both been playing in other bands for years and years, from punk rock, to country, to corporate stuff. We both do solo stuff and we both played together briefly in a couple of bands in Darwin, but nothing like this before.
You’re about to release your new EP, ‘Best Day Ever’. What can you tell us about its genesis and the range of sounds we can expect to hear on it?
‘Best Day Ever’ is a fun EP – Scotty French at Love Street Studios really came on board the Burger Joint train and we had some good laughs making it. It’s an extension of our first EP, which we recorded with the legendary Benny D Williams, and is a taste of the Burger Joint live experience – a mix of annoyingly catchy, danceable earworms, full of good times.
You’ve also been announced for this year’s Woodford Festival – you must be excited!
We can’t wait to play there! We are both such massive fans of this festival and the amazing atmosphere it consistently provides, it truly is one of the best festivals in the world. Last year we put on a gig for the volunteers to say thank you, and we’re really looking forward to having a big party with everyone this year.
I understand you’ll also be undertaking a run of shows shortly in support of the new EP. Where will the tour be taking you?
We will be releasing the film clip for the single ‘Best Day Ever’ at Woodford, and then we are keeping it local to start with, doing shows around the Gold Coast, Byron Bay and the Sunshine Coast. The plan is to officially launch the EP next year with an extensive tour and follow up film clip.
Gotta ask – what’s your favourite burger joint on the Gold Coast!?
This is a very tough question! Lukas, in Palm Beach, is our absolute go-to for fish burgers, the guys there are legends and always have excellent music playing. And we also love the Iron and Resin Garage, in Currumbin. The crew are amazing and it has motorbikes, music, and burgers named after our favourite rides! Followed closely by Eddies Grub House, which also does amazing burgers and live music.
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You can catch Burger Join at the Brunswick Hotel, 15 December and at Woodford Folk Festival.