MAKING WAVES: Brisbane 10 to 14-piece garage pop band Velociraptor are growing in popularity across the country and overseas, with three members originally from Rockhampton and Yeppoon.
MAKING WAVES: Brisbane 10 to 14-piece garage pop band Velociraptor are growing in popularity across the country and overseas, with three members originally from Rockhampton and Yeppoon. Contributed

10 to 14-piece garage band Velociraptor on the prowl

WITH no real expectations on where Velociraptor could take them, Rohan Dodd says being in the band is just good fun.

"To be realistic, it's just good fun at the moment," Rohan said.

The 10 to 14-piece garage pop act from Brisbane may have started as a casual thing, but with Triple J airplay, a follow-up album to be released very soon and international tours, the band is already making considerable headway.

Rohan "Lone Wolf" Dodd, as named on the group's Facebook page, spent 10 years of his life growing up in Yeppoon.

"Daniel and Darren are also from Rocky, me and Daniel used to play in a band in Yeppoon, but we realised we had to move away to get anywhere with it," the guitarist said.

Rohan told of how he came to be a member of the band.

"We used to go watch their shows and then they asked me, 'did you wanna join', and we all got along really well," he said.

Coming off their most recent tour of Australia in April, in support of their single Ramona, Rohan said with so many members, touring can be difficult to manage, especially when fellow raptors Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley are on the road as DZ Deathrays.

"In a logistical sense, that's the hard part, but even if not everyone can make it, we've still got enough of us to make the show," he said.

Having recently signed to Dot Dash/Remote Control Records the collective will be releasing their follow up to the 2012 album The World Warriors, to hopefully come in July, Rohan said.

Although they can't quit their day jobs just yet, Rohan said they're hoping to continue their growing success.

"It's been very exciting, it's good to be heard by people who wouldn't usually hear us," he said.

"I definitely prefer the live shows; it's the visual party, but I think more time has gone into this album."



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