NEWS

March 18th, 2019

MAGIC DIRT / BOB BROWN FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER – OVER $14,000 RAISED!!! Thank you to everyone who helped raise $14,045.93 at our special Magic Dirt / Bob Brown Foundation fundraiser shows. We are absolutely blown away by the result. We couldn’t have done it without the support of the following legends who gave up their time and effort for the cause – Bitumen, UTE ROOT, Claire Birchall (Claire Birchall & The Phantom Hitchhikers), All The Weathers, Slag Queens, The Curtin, Republic Bar & Cafe, Scotty McKenzie and all at Premier Artists, Fadsy (TM), Simon Aarons (sound), Matt Duffy (stage tech – Melb), Tarek Ishak (lights – Melb), Ben Cullen (support sound – Tassie), Tom Eyers (stage tech – Tassie), David Bailey and all at BHSS – Stage Systems (backline – Melb), Modern Musician (backline – Tassie), Peter Bramley (poster design) and Matt Bayes (street team – Tassie) and to everyone who posted about the shows, thank you. Much respect and thank you to the brilliant man himself, Bob Brown, for doing what he does, which is why we did this in the first place. Thank you to Jenny Weber, Adam Burling, Sumeena Keshow and everyone at the Bob Brown Foundation for their fantastic support. And of course our biggest and sincerest thanks goes out to everyone who came to the shows. We loved playing for you and loved the feeling of solidarity in the room. Thank you for your generous contribution to help conserve and protect our precious wilderness through Bob’s vital work. (nb: all sales from tickets went directly to the Bob Brown Foundation). Photo by Calypso.

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‘SIGNS OF SATANIC YOUTH’ reissue¬†

It’s been 25 years since we pushed this little EP out into the world and we are so excited to be able to announce, via our own label ‘Emergency Music’ and Remote Control Records, that for the first time ever, ‘Signs Of Satanic Youth’ is now available on 12″ vinyl!

Our first limited edition pressing flew out the door but we are happy to announce we have a second limited edition repress available to buy now. Just head to our Bandcamp.

‘Signs’ is also available on a super spunky limited edition CD digipak (remember digipak’s?!) which is also available via the Bandcamp link above. You can also stream and download it for the very first time ever too, just click here.

This has been a long time in the making and is particularly significant as it was a project spearheaded by Dean and was a long held dream of his that we are now proud to be able to fulfil. Many thanks to Remote Control Records, Mushroom Music and Lindsay Gravina.

* A note on the coloured vinyl: both the first and second pressings are available on the same blue and yellow opaque vinyl. The first edition was a blue and yellow opaque swirl and the second edition is a blue and yellow opaque splatter.

 

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IN MEMORY OF DEAN

For nine years, Dean battled an extremely rare form of soft tissue cancer called dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP). This cancer became life threatening after it began to metastasize and cause various fatal tumours. Being a very private man, Dean chose to fight the cancer in a quiet and dignified manner. He displayed great courage and incredible stoicism. And above all else he had an unshakeable positive attitude throughout his long ordeal. His composure and grace during this time will never be forgotten and is an inspiration to us all.

As a founding member of Magic Dirt, Dean was the linchpin, the heart and soul of the band. He was the rock, the glue, the oracle, the cool filter. He was deeply dedicated and passionate about the music he made and the impact the band had on peoples lives. Dean always came up with fantastic ideas but he tempered these ideas with a rock solid work ethic and made them not only real but a success.

Dean’s bass playing and sound is unique and unmistakable. With a great flow and organic playing style, Dean dug deep into his role as bass player, supporting and creating a bedrock, the backbone of the Magic Dirt sound. And fans will never forget his melodic riffing, heavy thunder, sonic shimmers and noise fests at Magic Dirt’s live shows.

Dean worked tirelessly because music was one of the greatest joys in his life. Sadly, Dean had many projects and goals he wanted to achieve that will remain unrealised.

Dean championed a lot of Australian music, always interested in giving young bands a go, he was generous with his time and advice to those that sought his council. Dean was also a band manager, being instrumental in the rise of Brisbane band Violent Soho, he guided and tended the band and had an immensely positive impact on them. Dean was also an in demand producer. His vision and stabilizing effect in the recording studio allowed many bands the opportunity to realize their dreams of making great records. He produced such bands as Violent Soho, theredsunband, Gersey, Sons of the Sun and lastly worked on Adalita’s (Magic Dirt’s front woman) first solo album.

Dean also sat on VIC Rocks grants committee which he loved doing and he played an active role in giving artists the support they needed and was asked to return year after year by the board executives.

But the greatest joy and proudest achievement in Dean’s life is his family. He was an extremely dedicated and loving father and husband. His wife Linda and two children were the loves of his life and he cherished them with all his being. In the last nine years during his battle with the cancer he did everything he could to stay with them despite the pain and suffering he was enduring. He had a profound effect on people, always leaving a warm and inspiring feeling.

The surviving Magic Dirt members, Adalita, Raul and Adam are absolutely devastated at their loss and cannot fathom a future without him. Above all else they will remember Dean as their beautiful and precious friend. Kind, gentle, very funny and witty, had impeccable taste, a joy to be around, a great storyteller, extremely trustworthy, honest, direct, a diamond mind.
They are so very proud of Dean’s brave fight and will ensure that Dean’s legacy of integrity and spirit in everything he did, lives on.