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Thu 28 Mar 2013, 8:00pm–11:00pm

Where: Wickham Park Hotel, 61 Maitland Road, Islington, Wickham, Hunter Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: darrenerskine

Hot Yogis launch their debut album, Under The Wire, with Greg Bryce on vocals/guitar, Len Samperi on bass/vocals and Simon Lee on drums with special guest Grant Walmsley playing guitar.

Hot Yogis started recording their album and were on their way to their first gig rehearsal at Zen Studios in Sydney. They had been looking for a band name and they drove past this sign “Japanese Hot Yoga”....all of a sudden it clicked! They would call themselves Hot Yogis - Greg Bryce had been a yoga teacher for many years and even had his own yoga school in Sydney. Len Samperi, their bassist and Greg had been studying and practising the same yoga and meditation for years and Simon Lee, the drummer, was also on a yogic/meditation path.

Len, Simon and Greg had formed a band initially to do functions and cover gigs. They went into the studio to put down some sample cover songs for promo and while they were there they also recorded 5 original songs. When the YOGIs listened back to the cd it was apparent that the covers were ok but the originals really had some freshness and promise so they were motivated to keep recording more. Len and Greg also took on the role of producers and started to add more sparkle and colour to the original tracks of acoustic guitar, vocals, bass and drums.

Quite a few of the songs came out of a tumultuous and challenging period in Greg Bryce,s life. At the time Greg just jumped in his car and went to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to “get away from it all”. While he was up there, Greg started taking his guitar out into nature and by the beach. While soaking up the magic of life up there, allowing all his feelings to come through the music and hanging out with musical friends, a lot of songs were written easily and spontaneously.
When he returned to Sydney and played these songs to Len and Simon, they took on a life of their own. The YOGIs also included a bass loop instrumental from an EP that Len was working on.
The songs are pretty much all acoustic but with a real energy to them. A mixture of pop hooks, folk, funk and a touch of blues with a ballad or two in there as well.

Just after they recorded the CD and were wondering which way to go next, Greg Bryce met Darren Erskine at a party where he was performing solo. Darren has had 20 years experience in the recording industry and worked with quite a few major record companies. Greg played him some songs live and once he heard the CD he was motivated to get on board with The YOGIs and help promote it. Soon after Greg gave a copy to Reign Records and they were keen to sign them too

Hot Yogis will be launching their debut album, Under the Wire at The Wicko on Thursday night. Grant Walmsley will also be adding his magic on the night as special guest on guitar.