Selected by Dan
Wizards from Oz
Back by popular demand following an
appearance at Fuji Rock, Australias alt-rockers return for a headlining tour that
will see them settle into Shibuyas Club Quattro for an unprecedented four-night run.
Eric Clapton may be booked into the Budokan for six nights, but Regurgitators four
nights are nevertheless an indication of the bands remarkable appeal in Japan. What
accounts for their success here? Perhaps its because Regurgitator offers a bit of
everything for everyone. For those who like alt-rock a la the Red Hot Chili Peppers,
theyve got a tight, funky rhythm section that ranks with the best. For those who
like Britpop, theyve got that covered too. For those into electronica, Regurgitator
has something to offer as well.
Unburdened by decades of rock history, bands from Down Under are possibly freer to mix and
match styles than those from the US or UK. Quan Yeomans (guitars and vocals) and Ben Ely
(bass)-the team at the heart of Regurgitator-certainly seem to have no scruples about
mixing it up. The pair formed the band with drummer Martin Lee after a chance meeting on a
bus in 1994.
Signing with Warner Music, Regurgitator released a series of EPs including Regurgitator
and New. They were soon touring Australia, boosting their profile with appearances at
major festivals like The Big Day Out.
They traveled to Bangkok in 1996 to record their first full-length album, Tu-Plang
(jukeboxEin Thai). The album won Best Debut Album at the Australia Recording
Industry Association Awards, and they backed major artists such as the Red Hot Chili
Peppers in 1997. Their second album, Unit, went double platinum in 1999, paving the way
for their third album, last years Ert, an amazingly diverse assemblage of
styles, all done with Regurgitators trademark sense of humor.
Eduardo & Rodriguez Wage War on T-Wrecks appeared in July this year, just before their
July 28 afternoon set on the White Stage at Fuji Rock.
At Club Quattro, Regurgitator will be preceded by warm-up act Zoobombs, one of Japan'
most formidable live acts in the garage/raunch-rock vein.
Regurgitator play Club Quattro on Dec 2-3 and 5-6. See listings for details.