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Shakes Fear & The Skeleton Gang, ROO & Peter Wilson Green


Thu 22 Nov 2018, 7:00pm–10:30pm

Where: Black Bear Lodge, Level 1, 322 Brunswick Street , Fortitude Valley, Queensland

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Valley Heat Records

We're dragging you to the swamps for #13 with a lineup of hard-hitting blues: Shakes Fear & the Skeleton Gang, ROO and Peter Wilson Green.

"Villain am I none, but I am welcome in their parlour."

A mysterious, macabre man and his motley minstrels. Shakes Fear's origins are unknown, although listeners can find the truth in his lyrics, backed by the spooky Blues of the Skeleton Gang.

Shakes Fear & the Skeleton Gang is a musical project led by Shane Fell and orchestrated by Fin Taylor, combining traditional horror/slasher influence with music leaning towards a blues-rock style. Songs are sung from the perspective of Shakes Fear (Fell), an immortal time-travelling hobo who wakes up in a different time and place every time he dies. Locations include a doctor’s surgery in 19th century England, the organised crime syndicates of Chicago in the 20s, or even an intergalactic courier service in the far future.

Shakes Fear is accompanied in these exploits by ‘The Skeleton Gang’, a recurring cast of incidental horror stereotypes.

Mild-mannered, tea drinkers by day and filthy swamp creatures by night. Call the censors and the fashion police and take a step inside the awkward world of Alternative-Rock Ratbags ROO.

Peter Wilson Green is the project of a Brisbane-based musician, not to be confused with the guy from Fleetwood Mac. It happened in London a couple of times while living and gigging there; punters were disappointed.

PWG has played in various bands in various genres and this new project is the synthesis and culmination of this. There's a bit of blues, a dash of country, a sprinkling of Spaghetti Western, a smattering of garage, a dollop of rock and the merest suggestion of post-punk. There's the usual bass, drums and electric guitar but the acoustic guitar gets busted out occasionally and so do keyboards. Peter has recently been experimenting with electronic music and uses his interest in classic film scores and roots music to bring a new element to his songwriting.

PWG have just finished recording the next batch of songs, the four-track Castaway. Given the flexible genre-hopping and the fact that it's essentially a solo project, these gigs range from the full band to acoustic shows to solo electric performances.

Presented by Valley Heat Records.