Rockhampton band La Mont will also play at GKI on Saturday.
Rockhampton band La Mont will also play at GKI on Saturday. Contributed RCC

It's island vibes for clothing line party

IT'S the perfect weather for enjoying some cold ones on the beach while listening to some live tunes.

And that's what this weekend is all about at Great Keppel Island, as new and local clothing line, Slippery Sailor Co. launch their brand.

To celebrate, they've invited the likes of well-known band La Mont, Mackay's Tia Gostelow, Rockhampton's Elephant Juice and Yeppoon's Odd Socks to create the perfect party atmosphere among the palm trees in paradise.

PARTY IN PARADISE: Tia Gostelow will perform at Great Keppel Island on Saturday. INSET: Odd Socks will also perform.
PARTY IN PARADISE: Tia Gostelow will perform at Great Keppel Island on Saturday. INSET: Odd Socks will also perform. Contributed

Organiser and clothing line owner Nathan Milner said he expected about 350 people to the launch on Saturday, and hoped it would become an annual event.

A Triple J regular, punters will get to hear the raw sounds of musician Tia Gostelow's arresting vocals, that ebb and flow from gossamer-draped lilts to velvet timbres, resonating with nostalgic longing.

She matches her unique voice with rich instrumentals to create her distinctive style - contemporary folk intertwined with blues, and indie rock. A style which earned recognition from Triple J Unearthed, winning their Indigenous Initiative and, separately, a place in their Triple J Unearthed High Top 5 Finals, both in 2016.

Yeppoon band Odd Socks is made up of Bailey, Dylan, Zac and Pat who will play at Great Keppel Island this weekend for the Slippery Sailor clothing line Launch party.
Yeppoon band Odd Socks is made up of Bailey, Dylan, Zac and Pat who will play at Great Keppel Island this weekend for the Slippery Sailor clothing line Launch party. Contributed

One of Australia's most promising emerging talents, Tia values the art of songwriting and creating music with integrity.

Named after a surf break within their local area, La Mont fuse energetic rock with killer guitar solos and soaring vocals to create their unique sound. It's no coincidence that La Mont means "The Mount” - a French derivative of "on top of the mountain”.

La Mont's eagerly anticipated second EP, Natural Selection, is a bold exploration with even fiercer guitar solos fused into their distinct sound - fans are comparing them to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

They teamed up with producer Anthony Lycenko again to record the six-track EP Natural Selection which was recorded and mixed between Cr-8 Studios in Yeppoon and Rockinghorse Studios in Byron Bay.

Rockhampton band Elephant Juice made up of members; Thomas Lobegeiger (vocals/guitar), Patrick Lynam (lead guitar), Thomas Smyth (bass) and Kyran Moran (drums). will play at the Slippery Sailor Co. Launch Party at Great Keppel Island on Saturday.
Rockhampton band Elephant Juice made up of members; Thomas Lobegeiger (vocals/guitar), Patrick Lynam (lead guitar), Thomas Smyth (bass) and Kyran Moran (drums). will play at the Slippery Sailor Co. Launch Party at Great Keppel Island on Saturday. Contributed

While they hope to play in Nashville one day, La Mont are looking forward to another year of touring festivals and intimate gigs around Queensland.

Elephant Juice started in 2014 when a bunch of mates came together for a jam in Kyran Moran's garage.

Since then the band has shrunk down to four members; Thomas Lobegeiger (vocals/guitar), Patrick Lynam (lead guitar), Thomas Smyth (bass), and Kyran Moran (drums).

The boys are aged from 16 to 18 years old and have all been playing music their whole lives and share a passion for the music that they play.

The boys are currently working on recording their original songs and will be releasing an album/EP in the not too distant future.



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