Celebrating 30 years in the music industry this year, The Pad Boys are ready to re-ignite audiences across the Nation with their upbeat and energised new tracks, and power-packed new show.
“It’s been a long time in the making, but we are very proud to finally record and release our songs, and continue our Djabugay tradition of contemporary music and culture,” says William ‘Biri’ Duffin.
Fusing roots-based reggae and indie rock with Djabugay language, within a broader soul groove, the group’s songs have become mini ‘anthems’, and are now part of a longer Djabugay music tradition.
The band released their debut single ‘1962’ in May 2023, and after playing a series of show's, including Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Kuranda Roots Festival, and the National Firesticks Conference - the band are about to launch their debut L.P. "Where Are They Now"
at the iconic Tanks Arts Centre on Friday 15th September.
< THEN >
The Pad Boys formed in 1992 in Kuranda, and spent the best part of the 90’s touring, playing festivals, and developing a dedicated fan base.
Originally a four piece, comprising William ‘Biri’ Duffin (Guitar and Lead vocals), Roderick ‘Rocky’ Newbury (guitar/vocals), Dennis ‘Bugsy’ Hunter (Drums) and Timmy ‘Wiggy’ Wason (Bass), and occasional didgeridoo from senior Andy Duffin, the group evolved as a three piece (Biri, Bugsy & Wiggy), and continued to build audiences and momentum for many years.
Early shows in the 90’s at Cairns’ ‘Graft ’n’ Arts’, and the Little Day Out festivals, introduced the band to Cairns audiences, and led to a range of exciting outcomes. Appearing for two days at the Hot Daze festival at Cannon Park in 1997 and supporting the likes of Custard, Cruel Sea and Tex Perkins, the group suitably impressed Regurgitator’s Ben Ely, and a new friendship was born.
This led to a two week tour supporting Regurgitator across a range of venues and gigs. Appearances at major events such as Woodford Folk Festival beckoned, and The Pad Boys were a new force in indigenous music.
After spending a number of years on the Sunshine Coast in the early 2000’s making inroads into the National music industry, the group then took time out to get back to country, families and individual careers.
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In 2022, original band member Rocky Newbury returned, and the band is now joined by synth pop recording artist
Tegan Koster on keyboards.
A dedicated creative development process leading to the recording recording of 8 tracks during 2022, as well as showcase performances at Northsite Gallery as part of CIAF 2022, and Kuranda Roots, positioned the band to jettison into 2023.
In 2023, The Pad Boys will celebrate their 30th anniversary through a re-launched online presence, punchy pop singles and music video’s, and the fresh ‘contemporary artefact’ of a vinyl L.P.
Their debut L.P.,"Where Are They Now" will be released in digital and vinyl formats, will be released in September.
The Pad Boys are supported through the independent collective and studio’s The 5Five. (the5five.net)