ECLECTIC SOUNDS: Local musician TJ Hollis from duo Rule 34 will perform at this weekend’s El Grande Festival in Gladstone.
ECLECTIC SOUNDS: Local musician TJ Hollis from duo Rule 34 will perform at this weekend’s El Grande Festival in Gladstone. John Stubbs

Rocky singer to take part in three-day, three postcodes tour

A TALENT carried down throughout the generations, Rockhampton's TJ Hollis might not make the music his grandfather once did, but the love for craft has not been lost.

"My dad was a bassist in the 70s and my grandfather was a country guitar player in the 40s and 50s," TJ explained.

Making and playing his own style from a young age, TJ has played gigs all over the place, as far as Airlie Beach to Melbourne.

Now in duo Rule 34, the singer-songwriter said it originally started as a solo project.

"It started in about 2005 to 2006 and then about a year ago Nick Oai got on board and he plays drums and also does backing vocals," he said.

"We're very much about playing our originals; you could say we're a mix of folk, rock 'n' roll and punk in an acoustic setting.

"I've worked with a lot of people over the years and I think I've taken what I really like about that music and put it into mine, I have very eclectic taste in music."

This weekend will see Rule 34 take to the stage for Queensland's brand new festival and tour run, thanks to partners, Big Truck Mafia, Pricewar Music and Collision Course PR.

A three-day weekend run (Brisbane, Bundaberg, Gladstone) that culminates with El Grande Festival, Queensland's newest boutique pub-stival, happening at The Grand Hotel in Gladstone on Saturday.

Central Queensland has long been a neglected part of the tour run schedule for bands - and Big Truck Mafia, Pricewar and Collision Course have answered by delivering what the good folks want - a festival of big, infectious rock anthems and grooves and some other stops on the way that don't get a lot of bands through the gates.

The line-up includes, Sydney-side's big, bangin' rock bad boys Strangers and Melbourne badass Ezekiel Ox (Australia's most enigmatic, flamboyant and in-your-face front man) are the highlights of this new festival on Saturday, which also includes local heroes Epidemic… Over (Boyne Island) and a range of their great mates - Drawcard, Forever the Optimist, Guards of May, Colour the Hills (Gladstone) and Jackson Dunn.

This is the first run of these shows, which will repeat three times a year with different headliners planned for the future.

These shows also mark the final shows for Epidemic... Over.

TJ said he was "absolutely stoked" to be playing alongside some great local, and especially, the out-of-town acts.

"These bands are some of the most enjoyable live acts you will see, so I'm really looking forward to playing at this event," he said.

Releasing an EP later this year with their latest single, Save You accompanied by a music video, TJ said they were hoping to get as much exposure as possible.

Check out Rule 34's page at Rule34Official.com for more info on the Rocky band.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: El Grande Festival w/ Strangers, Ezekiel Ox, Epidemic...Over and more

WHERE: The Grand Hotel, Gladstone.

WHEN: Saturday from 3pm to midnight



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