The Angels have been atop of the Australian rock tree for over four decades.
Through songs like ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again‘, ‘Shadow Boxer‘, ‘Marseilles‘, ‘Take A Long Line‘ and ‘No Secrets‘, the band shows no signs of slowing down, announcing a tour early next year with Boom Crash Opera, as well as committing to 27 dates on the Red Hot Summer Tour. Guitarist Rick Brewster joins HEAVY for a chat and laughs when I ask him if the band still enjoys the punishment of life on the road.
“Yeah, we do”, he smiled. “It’s good fun. We’ve always loved it and always will. These tours are an opportunity for us with the extra shows to get out there and do smaller venues with Boom Crash Opera who we have never played with before. We’ve crossed paths with them but I don’t remember doing our own shows together”.
With the passing of original frontman Doc Neeson, Dave Gleeson (Screaming Jets) has fronted The Angels for the best part of a decade now with Rick agreeing that the former wild man of rock has slotted well into the coveted position.
“To me, it feels like he owns it now”, Rick said, “I think for the first year or so he was feeling his way a little bit but I can’t think of anyone else that could have done as well as Dave has. He had very big shoes to fill and he has remained very respectful of the original band and Doc – I mean, he was a major fan – so these days… he has his own thing but he pretty much sticks to the songs the way they were written”.
In the full interview Rick responds to Dave’s admission that he is the best guitar player he has worked with and names some of his own legends, talks more about Dave joining the band and their expectations, goes back in time to the early days of the Moonshine Jug Band and how and why they changed their name and music to become The Angels, developing the classic Aussie pub rock style of music, debut song ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ and the now legendary chant in the chorus, new music from the band, the re-recording of their back catalogue with Dave singing, the upcoming show in Brisbane with a full orchestra and more.
THE ANGELS 2020 SIDESHOW TOUR WITH BOOM CRASH OPERA
Friday 10 Jan – The Gov, ADELAIDE, SA
Friday 17 Jan – Corner Hotel, MELBOURNE, VIC
Friday 31 Jan – The Entrance Leagues, BATEAU BAY, NSW
Friday 7 Feb – Paddington RSL, SYDNEY, NSW
Friday 14 Feb – Pittwater RSL, MONA VALE, NSW
Friday 21 Feb – Triffid, BRISBANE, QLD
Friday 28 Feb – The Shed, Aussie World, SUNSHINE COAST
Friday 6 Mar – The Basement, CANBERRA, NSW
Friday 13 Mar – Castle Hill RSL, SYDNEY, NSW
Friday 27 Mar – Matthew Flinders Hotel, CHADSTONE, VIC
Friday 3 Apr – Bathurst Panthers, BATHURST, NSW
The Angels Symphony of Angels www.qpac.com.au/event/the_angels_19/