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Brisbane’s The Blackwater Fever released their third album, The Depths, earlier this year, thus confirming their status as one of the country’s most underrated yet finest purveyors of blues-rock. Tonight The Blackwater Fever descended on the Lass for a rather low-key gig, bringing their gritty blues-rock sound to a small but enthusiastic crowd. The band’s overlooked profile is all the more perplexing considering their talent as musicians and song-writers, coupled with an accessible streak that should elevate them beyond such small venues with little to no promotion. No disrespect to the Lass, but from the quality and professionalism of their studio efforts and tight live performances, The Blackwater Fever should be generating more interest. Regardless, the band doesn’t seem to care a great deal, and their seemingly down-to-earth and hardworking nature holds plenty of appeal.
The Blackwater Fever are one of the best kept secrets in the contemporary Australian rock music scene. They chose their components from the albums by artists like Mark Lanegan, Alice In Chains, Dax Riggs, ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughn in order to form their dark and badass sound. This year’s “The Depths” is their third effort and their first step towards establishing their position in today’s music map. There’s little universal promotion, just people, magazines and sites (like Rocking.gr) which dug them out for their brilliant quality and recommended them. Singer/guitarist Shane Hicks talked to us about what happens when the electric blues world and the alternative rock world collide.
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In celebration of “Won’t Cry Over You”, the second single from their third album The Depths, The Blackwater Fever are going on tour this August, with dates in NSW and Queensland.
El Grande Festival, Gladstone, QLD
(w/ The Getaway Plan, Evil Eddie, Electric Horse, Jericco & more)
The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
(w/ Rattlehand & Special Guests)
Spectrum, Sydney NSW
Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle NSW
Solbar, Maroochydore QLD