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Band Put Cool-ism Up Front And Centre Stage

Band Put Cool-ism Up Front And Centre Stage

Who: Intercooler
Where: Northern Star Hotel
When: Saturday September 3, 2005

BRISBANE band Intercooler was close to ruin two years ago.

One week before the group was to leave Australia to tour the US, their guitarist Michael Caso left the band.

The group was in trouble because they were booked in to play throughout the US and they had no guitarist.

With their reputation on the line, the band worked hard to find a new guitarist.

In the end, a friend who lived in Atlanta, Darek Mudge , stepped up and the band spent one night jamming with him before playing their first gig in the US.

Mudge, who previously spent two years touring with Screamfeeder , saved the band's reputation.

The US tour went well and, since releasing the five-track EP Dance of a Thousand Promises in 2003, Intercooler has been on the road almost constantly.

Intercooler was formed in 2001 when drummer Damon Cox joined the already active songwriting team of Phil Ballantyne , Joel Potter and Caso .

After a few months of solid rehearsals the band entered the studio and began work on a debut album.

Ballantyne said it was in the studio that Intercooler's sound really began to evolve.

On the album's completion, the band toured relentlessly up and down the east coast of Australia, playing shows with the likes of The Casanovas , Peabody and Screamfeeder and claiming prime support slots with the likes of Teenage Fanclub, The Buzzcocks and J Mascis.

Four songs were added to high rotation on national radio network Triple J , including Goodness of the Girl and Leaflet .

Videos were shot for two of the tracks and both enjoyed airplay on Fly TV, Rage and Channel [V].

Intercooler continued to triumph, playing the Queensland legs of the Big Day Out and Livid festivals in 2003.

Their first US tour commenced in September of the same year.

Intercooler supported the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Queens of the Stone Age and played at Wisconsin's renowned Summerjam festival.

The tour included club shows in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta.

The band will appear at the Northern Star Hotel on Saturday september 3 .

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