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Peabody Get Proof In Road-test Puddin'

Peabody Get Proof In Road-test Puddin'

Who: Peabody
Where: Northern Star Hotel
When: Friday November 19, 2004

IT was certainly an eye-opening experience for Melbourne rockers PEABODY when the band picked up a stint supporting the HOODOO GURUS on a mammoth tour of Australia earlier this year.

While the legendary band completed about 80 gigs, Peabody was on the road for about half of those and had the chance to play in places in which they could only dream of performing.

As well as all the major capital cities, the tour visited rural towns where live concerts tend to be few and far between.

Peabody frontman BRUNO BRAYOVIC recalled one memorable show in the outback South Australian mining town of Whyalla where they received a stern warning about the locals.

``We were told by the Hoodoo Gurus crew not to speak to any of the girls because we'd get into a fight with the guys because they'd see us as some sort of competition,'' Brayovic said.

``They said, `Don't talk to the guys because they'll want to fight with you as well'.

``So we asked, `What should we do?' and they said, `Play your show, pack up your gear and go to bed'. So that's exactly what we did.

``But the crowd was pretty miffed with what we were doing anyway.

``Maybe we were a bit loud because they had their ears blocked for most of it!'' But the experience was not too bad as it gave the three-piece the chance to refine tracks for its latest album, The New Violence, in a live setting.

Of the 12 tracks on the forthcoming album, Peabody had the chance to road test at least eight.

``The tour was really good for that because we had nutted out the good bits and the bad bits of the songs by the time we recorded.'' The first single taken from the album, Got You On My Radar, has already scored massive airplay on TRIPLE J, blending the hooks and harmonies of THE POSIES with the driving rhythms of ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT. The New Violence follows the band's debut album Professional Againster and is set for release early in the new year.

Catch Peabody at the NORTHERN STAR HOTEL on Friday night.

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