The Day After The Sabbath is a blog specialising in regular compilations of obscure heavy 60s and 70s rock. It’s Rich’ aim to reveal the secret world of bands that were inspired by the early psychedelic, doom and hard rock greats but were too short-lived, un-commercial or just plain unlucky to the gain the recognition that they probably deserved at the time. Download Vol 80: Goodbye Jane (Aussie rock special) HERE.
“I have been on the look-out for more Australian heavy-hitters ever since Vol21. It has been a long and enjoyable voyage of discovery and I have found an absolute ton of stuff. What has become very apparent is that after the new rock genre explosions of the 60s to early 70s, the Aussies moved with total gusto into the mid-late 70s with a prevailing hard rock / pub rock sound.
“Compare the number of bands like this to the number of Aussie progressive or psych acts and there is no doubt of it. Maybe the pioneering, farming and blue collar working man ethic of Australia has a lot to do with it, like in Detroit, guys just wanted to get down the pub in the evenings, get drunk and rock out. A definite influence is of course one Australian band in particular which may well be the ultimate good-time, bluesey hard rock band of all time, so it’s not too hard to see where the heritage may have started.
“We begin with Geeza, their track is the one on this comp that I came across first, and I guess it laid down the sound that I mostly looked for after deciding what this one was going to be about. They spent their early days driving around Parramatta, a suburb of Sydney, playing where they could on the back of a flatbed truck, AC/DC did a similar thing soon after. The band began life in 1973 and early on were called ‘The Geeza Rock’n’Roll Show’.
“They had an extravagant, glammy stage image which is another similarity to some of AC/DC’s earlier exploits, and even played in drag sometimes. By 1977 they had straightened and hardened up somewhat, now called Geeza they recorded their one and only album, ‘Street Life’. By 1979 they were no more but have sporadically played in various re-incarnations since.” Continue reading
“All my previous compilations from can be found at my BLOG and I’m sure any of you who are intrigued by the more obscure history of heavy rock will find a lot of great surprises” –Rich / The Day After The Sabbath.
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