Blacktide has been the hardest working original act in Alice Springs for the last year and a half, working throughout 2003 under the name Plan B, they have steadily built their profile in their home town and become part of all the large scale events that have taken place there. Also with the flurry of energy that has surrounded them since their very first live performances at the beginning of 2003 at the Gapview Hotel, the Blacktide show is ever growing stronger.
For a young aspiring band Blacktide had already been described as "an outfit that has stormed the local hard rock scene in only three live performances" by the Centralian Advocate early in 2003. Anyone who has caught one of their gigs would have also been impressed by the powerful control and constrained aggression Blacktide brought to each one of their hard hitting and ever evolving sets.
The members have each been part of different projects in recent years. Drummer, Lee Pullen, whilst living in Melbourne was a member of the band Dispersia from which the other band members have now formed Antiskeptic signed to 88 records. Since his move to Alice Springs, he has also been drumming in Engulfed, an extreme metal band with a former member of NoKTuRNL Chris Horsfall.
Singer, Gareth Dawkins was the front man for the heavy local act Kinderflip whilst bass player Nick Hayes-Marshall was in another well known local band Rust. Founding member Michael Reilly played guitars for Pandemonium in Alice also. With all of their different musical backgrounds Blacktide have combined their varying tastes and influences to create their own mix of music ranging from punk to a heavier alternative style.
At their first gig in 2003 where Blacktide headlined at the Gapview Hotel they surprised both themselves and management when they drew a capacity crowd. After the success of that particular show they put on consecutive showcases, titled "Home Brew" they pulled together other local original acts to complete the line up. Each gig proved even more successful than the one preceding it. At one of these shows in July 2003, Blacktide even had the privilege of supporting Dreadnaught, the Roadrunner records act, from Melbourne.
Within the same year Blacktide also played an opening set for Jerk on their trip to Alice. The highlight of 2003 though, was performing at Bass In The Grass, Alice Springs' version of the big day out where they were the last act to perform before the major label bands came on - NoKTuRNL, Machine Gun Fellatio and the Living End!
Anyone who caught their performance at "Bass In the Grass" will recall their song "Swedish Backpacker." An entertaining caricature, relating to the experience of young men in Alice Springs.
Within 2004 Blacktide has made a short trip to Darwin, as support for the Hoodoo Guru's on the NT leg of their Mach Shau Tour. With special guests Spiderbait they made sure the show was a blast. Excitingly they also played a show with local Darwin band, Roy Mackonkey, at the Top End Hotel. They have also recently won both a Battle of the Bands in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.
With the drive and determination possessed by this band, you will be sure to see much more of Blacktide as they continue to push to further the direction and growth of their musical prowess in 2004 and beyond.
Lee Pullen - Drums
Nick Hayes-Marshall - Bass
Michael Reilly - Guitars
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