Manu Chao, sublime, Symbiosis
Micka Etheridge - vox, guitar, percussion Fraser Montgomery - guitar, vox Brendan 'B' Donahoo - keys, squeeze, vox Brook Quinn - Bass, vox Josh Licht - Drums, vo
Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, The Police
‘Symbiosis’ means living together for mutual benefit, a concept that inspires the bands music and overall artistic mission Symbiosis blend reggae with rock, gypsy with ska, hillbilly with hip hop. In a word ... Gyp-Hop n’ Reggae-Rock. Symbiosis is a melting pot of musical flavours - a five-piece Melbourne combo whose sounds range from uplifting, soulful reggae grooves to down-right foot-stomping party starters. ::Reviews:: “...Dubbified reggae, melting into a rockin' gypsy style with a cranking sea-shanty twist....” (Beat Magazine) "A Great act - top performance: had the crowd up and dancing from go to whoa…Energetic, absolute crowd pleasers…” (Jamie McKew, Festival Director, Port Fairy Folk Festival) “...the crowds response to their set was awesome, a huge success! ...they were unanimously voted the highlight of the Live’n Local Stage by the stage managers and staff...” (David Strong, Festival Director, St Kilda Festival) ::The last 12 months for Symbiosis has included………………:: Headline gigs Prince of Wales, Northcote Social Club, The Espy, The Evelyn, Ruby’s Lounge, Beach Hotel, Hotel Great Northern Festivals a rockingly raucous Port Fairy Folk Festival that had the kids storm the stage in excitement!, St Kilda Festival, Folk Rhythm and Life Festival, Sustainable Living Festival, Northcote High Vibes Festival, Melbourne Arts Festival Residencies at Melbourne’s famous NightCat and Sunnyside Up Sunset sessions in Sorrento Support gigs The Cat Empire, Bomba, Offcuts, Resin Dogs, Vasco Era, Blue King Brown, DobaCaracol Benefit gigs The Black GST, Sustainable Living Festival, Surfrider Foundation and SANE (Surfer’s Appreciating Natural Environment), Clean Ocean Foundation, Fairtrade Festival, Friends of the Earth Festival Tours up the East Coast of Australia, always towing the trusty painted-up low-rider tour caravan!…including Sydney (Transit Lounge @ The Metro), Newcastle (Newcastle Uni), Byron Bay (Beach Hotel, Hotel Great Northern), Brisbane (The Zoo) and the Sunshine Coast (Sol Bar), Nimbin Hotel and some hall parties in the hills, as well as Victoria’s snowfields and coastal towns Debut EP release Wishing Well recorded at Sing Sing South Studios with engineer-producer Andy Baldwin, released at Northcote Social Club and distributed through MGM. ::Airplay:: regular radio rotation on Melbourne’s PBS and RRR and also playtime on Triple J. ‘Live to air’ performances and interviews have included PBS FM’s ‘Big Mob’ program and our entire headline show broadcast ‘live’ from the Prince of Wales, RRR’s ‘Longrass Sessions’, and Byron Shire’s Bay FM. ::Compilation CDs:: PBS ‘Form 1 Planet’ Vol 3 world music compilation (Wishing Well ‘live’ – Last track); High Vibes Festival CD (The Lime Twist – Track 1); Folk Rhythm Life ‘Bilyana’ Festival CD. DVDs and other media ‘One Cup’, a documentary on Fairtrade coffee in East Timor; ‘Rollcall’ Vol 1, a nationally distributed BMX DVD/ZINE, Quiksilver Surf/Skate/Snow DVD’s (yet to be released). ::The next 12 months for Symbiosis………………………:: At the moment, Symbiosis has scaled back on live gigs to focus on the recording of their debut full-length album. However the band will be playing the Northcote 'High Vibes' Festival on Sunday Sept 24th and will also be doing a headline show at Ruby's Bar in Belgrave on Thursday Sept 28th, just to keep it groovin'. So, maybe you have a mellow mood you need to sway to, perhaps you’ve caught that terribly good itch that makes you want to shake it down on the dance floor, or possibly you’re just sitting pretty somewhere in between. Symbiosis tunes will leave you with a grin, singing on in your bones well after the music’s over…We hope to see you there! Take it easy...and enjoy!