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Fri 9 May 2014, 5:00pm

Where: Taps @ Mooloolaba, Cnr Brisbane Road & Esplanade Mooloolaba, Mooloolaba, Queensland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Beats Cartel

Dirty foot-stompin', hard hittin' Blues/Rock outfit who play a high-energy and entertaining set based on groove riffs, wailing slide guitar, smoky vocals and driving beats. Crowd participation, ankle-busting stompouts, call-and-response, percussion jams, halftime breakdowns, sweaty participants, megaphone taunts and general in-your-face blues/rock action = something TDS.

Free Entry.

Transvaal Diamond Syndicate (TDS) are the manufacturers of some of Australia's finest foot-stompin' swamp and dirty blues/rock.

"Great guitar riffs with cool and clear lyrics. Bound to get the speakers rattling." Sydney Daily Telegraph

"Fans of Clutch and Ash Grunwald need to sit up and take notice now. Deadly! 5 STARS." Zoo Weekly


July 2009 saw the beginning of a rapid upwards journey for Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, almost immediately garnering attention for their raw, energetic, exciting and often primeval live shows. Since then, the TDS have only gone from strength to strength, gathering fans left and right from constant touring and performing and engaging with fans through their strong online presence.

Transvaal Diamond Syndicate's 2011 was shaped by their inclusion on Australia's premier Festival, Byron Bay Bluesfest, alongside international acts such as Bob Dylan, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Ben Harper as well as the signing of a record deal with Starving Kids Records/MGM for their latest release. Then followed a 40-date East Coast tour to promote ‘Sins of the Blessed’, their 7 track mini-album which showcases the band’s diversity as it moves and swells through straight blues progressions into half-time rock and rockabilly into stoner groove and dark roots balladry.

The 4 subsequent single releases fared well in the market with lead track ‘Devil on My Shoulder’ and straight-blues’ ‘Ol’ Carolina’ receiving Triple J Radio play, along with stoner-anthem ‘I’m Your Ticket’ gaining the # 6 'Hottest Track of 2011' (4ZzZ Radio Brisbane) and ‘top 10 most-requested track on Community Radio’ status in September (AMRAP). 'Devil on My Shoulder' made the finalists of the Independent Music Awards (Blues Song Category), an international song competition, featured on the 2011 Brisbane Sounds Compilation and was a semi-finalist in the International Song Competition (2013). 'Pistols at Dawn' came in at #19 on the 4ZzZ's Hot 100 Tracks of 2012 and scored a 'J play'.
Head into your local JB’s to grab yourself a copy of the album.

“This Brisbane band has the season’s soundtrack ready and waiting... blistering stuff – 4 stars.” Courier Mail

Their live show reputation, full of sweaty machismo, catchy hooks, foot-stompin' beats and tribal expression, has grabbed them support slots including Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca, The Snowdroppers, The Fumes, Elliot Brood (Canada), Marshall and the Fro and The Beards. It has also seen them headline over 200 venues around the country.

The September 2010 EP release, Diamonds and Dust also performed well, with track 1 Behind That Smile awarded a 2010 Q-Song Highly Commended spot in the Blues and Roots category whilst track 4 Home was the number 1 song in 4ZzZ's Hot 100 songs of 2010 and won the Qld Blues Awards 'Song of the Year'. Home was also in the top 20 purchased singles in the week it was released on iTunes Australia (Blues genre) and has been used in a range of international synch opportunities. TDS also nabbed a top 40 slot in the AMRAP charts for Artists most played on Australian Community Radio in 2010, with Home and Behind That Smile both being in the top 10 overall in numerous weeks in late 2010. They now feature regularly on a large number of radio stations across the country.