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Muzzy Stars of Pop Put in a Whole Lotta Pep

Muzzy Stars of Pop Put in a Whole Lotta Pep

Who: Muzzy Pep
Where: Northern Star Hotel
Author: Michael Gadd
When: Saturday April 7, 2001

The Hunter's favourite pop-rockers, Muzzy Pep, will play their first Newcastle gig since August last year this week.

The Maitland band will play at the Northern Star Hotel on April 7.

Since the band last played at Wickham Park Hotel they have lost bass player Stephen Bissett to family commitments.

He has been replaced by Nick Munnings, who is well-known around Newcastle after playing in bands for the last six years.

Singing guitarist Scott Blackley says the band will test drive a few new songs in the set.

The band have also been recording demos at Tony Heads' low-key Keytone Studio, located above shops in the Newcastle Mall, and have several record labels interested.

'We don't want to tread water though, if we have to do it all ourselves again we will,' Blackley said.

Muzzy Pep have been on a break for the last six months after 18 months of solid touring, playing only the occasional gig and a small six-show tour of Perth.

If anyone has forgotten, Muzzy Pep were joint winners of the Hunter section of Triple J's Unearthed song competition in 1998.

Since then the band has toured extensively, playing almost every major festival, and scoring rave reviews for a brace of EPs as well as an independently released maiden album, Moments In Weightlessness. The core of the line-up remains with Errol Moyle and drummer Simon McCabe. OVER 27 PTs

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