With Groovin’ The Moo beginning to make its way around Australia this week (as of 28th April), we here at OPUS are keen to share some awesome Groovin’ inspired pieces with you and get involved in all the excitement.

In the lead up to Groovin’ at local spot Maitland, this Saturday (29th April), OPUS got the awesome opportunity to speak to some of Groovin’ The Moo’s ‘Fresh Produce’ talents, to get the inside scoop on what we can expect at Groovin’, and a few funny stories as well.

Ocean Alley 

What can people expect to hear from your music and your performance/s?

To jump around and have a kickass time, get groovy and enjoy yourself! 

How would you describe your music and your music’s message?

It’s a reggae-rock-psychedelic feel to our music, we like playing stuff that gets our feet moving and our heads banging, it’s rarer than rocking horse shit. There’s no particular message we’re trying to get across, we just write and play about what we know and love. 

How are you feeling about being at this year’s Maitland Groovin the Moo?

Super stoked! A few of us have been to the Maitland shows before but this is our first time playing, we’re all excited like a rat in a bakery.

What act, other than your own, are you most excited to see perform in this year’s line-up?

We’re always keen to watch Tash Sultana, she’s got an incredible live set, on stage she’s as busy as a one armed brick layer in Baghdad, very impressive!

What would you have in your Groovin’ the Moo starter/survival pack? (Eg. Bum bag, sunscreen, glitter, etc.)

Hot tins, Ciggies, and walkie talkies to find your friends 

Tell us the Funniest/craziest story about something that has happened at a gig in the Newcastle/Central Coast Region?

After a pub gig we found a garbage bag of drag clothes behind the stage so we decided to have a costume party on the roof of where we were staying. They said we couldn’t come back, people don’t forget.

 

Jack Grace

What can people expect to hear from your music and your performance/s?

Down-tempo stories about stuff that I’ve been through over the last few years. 

How would you describe your music and your music’s message?

The music off this EP is mostly sad. It deals with the moments before, after and during losing people closest to you. It’s set to electronic production and I play live with Christopher Port

How are you feeling about being at this year’s Maitland Groovin the Moo?

I’m excited! I was playing in Ngaiires band last year for the whole run and it was a lot of fun. 

What act, other than your own, are you most excited to see perform in this year’s line-up?

Keen to see Methyl Ethel, have never seen them live. 

What would you have in your Groovin’ the Moo starter/survival pack? (Eg. Bum bag, sunscreen, glitter, etc.)

I always go for the little things that bring a lot of comfort but seem impractical in the planning stages. Snack size packs of chips (burger rings, Toobs and Twisties win) choc-top muesli bars, gum or Fisherman’s Friends. 

Tell us the funniest/craziest story about something that has happened at a gig in the Newcastle/Central Coast Region?

Once I played a show in Newie at a venue that will remain nameless. Part of the deal was they would put us up for the night, but when I opened the door to our room it was so putrid that at 3am we decided to drive back to Sydney. One of my band mates dropped me at my car which was parked in a back street of Newtown and someone had slashed my tyres. I was so over everything by that point that I just slept in my car.

Introvert

Speaking with guitarist, Mitch Raschke 

What can people expect to hear from your music and your performance/s?

A raw take on alternative rock, I guess just four angry dudes absolutely belting it out in true Novocastrian form.

How would you describe your music and your music’s message?

Sad with a positive result, lots of self reflection.

How are you feeling about being at this year’s Maitland Groovin’ the Moo show?

Super pumped, our first festival and hopefully the first of many!

 What act, other than your own, are you most excited to see perform in this years line-up?

The Darkness, Architects and Violent Soho, but there’s definitely a range of talent across the lineup that we’re super keen to witness.

What would you have in your Groovin’ the Moo starter/survival pack? (Eg. Bum bag, sunscreen, glitter, etc.)

Plenty of Toohey’s New, a cricket set and your best pair of footy shorts.

Tell us the funniest/craziest story about something that has happened at a gig in the Newcastle/Central Coast Region?

On our most recent tour with Balance & Composure, after the Newcastle show we were loading up the van listening to triple J’s Short.Fast.Loud when suddenly we came on the air. Was definitely a cool feeling, although we all suddenly decided to hate-mosh the hell out of each other which was hilarious!

So, if you’re off to Groovin’ this weekend try and see these awesome fresh Aussie acts – we have the set list time below!

PS: Keep an eye on OPUS for more Groovin’ The Moo related articles in the next coming days, we have more exciting content to come!