Ground-breaking Brisbane band The Riptides, who played an influential role in the post-punk independent music scene in Brisbane and Australia, are reforming for a one-off show at 4pm on Sunday 18 April at the University of Queensland’s Great Court. It’s happening as part of the University’s centenary celebrations.
The band was formed in the late 1970s by students at the University, crystallising as The Riptides and releasing their seminal tune ‘Sunset Strip” as their first single (actually originally released just before a name change, while the band was called The Numbers). They had many line up changes over the 5 or so years of their history, featuring a range members who played in a number of other influential Australian bands.
Given The Riptides had such a movable feast of members, I don’t know as yet know who will be amongst their lineup for this upcoming show, but their singer and frontman, Mark Callaghan, the main constant in the band, will certainly front and centre again this time around.
Mark Callaghan gained greater commercial success with GANGgajang. But many Brisbane music fans – especially of my vintage – still think of him first and foremost as the singer from The Riptides. The band reformed as one of the acts performing at the Pig City show in 2007, headlined by the briefly reformed Saints.
I’ll be talking with Mark Callaghan at around 7:45 on my regular Monday morning shift on radio 4ZZZ on April 12 – the week leading up to the gig. I’d offer to give away some free passes to ZZZ subscribers as pat of the interview, but the show is free (and features some other good local acts too). There a range of other events happening around the University campus on the day, all of which are free (as is the parking, although it’s very easy to get there by bus or ferry these days).