Blues in 5-4 timing? Smoke Stack Rhino drop wild belter ‘Woolamai’

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Blues in 5-4 timing? Smoke Stack Rhino drop wild belter ‘Woolamai’

Smoke Stack Rhino

Fresh from lighting up Rock The Valley music festival, Smoke Stack Rhino are releasing 'Woolamai’ - named after the rolling waves of the titular Aussie surf beach.

If for nothing else than just darn curiosity, ‘Woolamai’ is worth a listen for its unusual time signature for a psychedelic blues rock track. However, ‘Woolamai’ is far more than just a novelty. As soon as those drums kick us off and the gentle guitar riff turns into a droning, enthralling haze, we’re reminded less of ‘Smokestack Lightning’ and more of Tool-esque prog rock.

Woolamai is full of mantra-like vocals, hypnotising drums and huge slide guitar riffs, and sees singer-guitarist Ash King, bassist Shane Andison and drummer Jeremy Berg channel the likes King Gizzard, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Led Zeppelin and The Black Keys in spectacular fashion. A truly rollicking and rather sensational ride. Listen to the track everywhere here.

Smoke Stack Rhino Woolamai Tour

  • Saturday 12th March – Blues, Brews & BBQs by Rock The Turf, Tumut NSW
  • Friday 19th March – Airey’s Inlet Open Mic Festival, Airey’s Inlet VIC
  • Saturday 26th March – Moruya Blues & Roots Festival, Moruya NSW
  • Friday 8th April – The Duke, Sydney NSW

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Inspired by Cape Woolamai and Woolamai Surf Beach at Phillip Island, the song is a tribute to the ocean and all of its amazing life. Ash directly channels the ocean spirit in becoming “The Woolamai Weedman” – the song’s wacky mascot – for the song’s video and photos. And yeah, that’s real seaweed.

Building on momentum from previous singles ‘Ultraviolet’ and ‘Grunge Groove’ which received triple J and community airplay around Australia, ‘Woolamai’ is headed on the road. Your question is, with 5-4 timing, how do you dance to it?

“You can pogo along. Stand in a yoga pose. Or fling yourself over a rainbow!” Ash suggests. “Whenever we play it live, we always love to ask everyone to create their own dance-moves. We’re keen to see what new shapes people come up with!”

Listen to ‘Woolamai’ from Thursday 10th March 2022, self-released under the band’s label JAMALAMA Music, or catch the band on one of their upcoming dates.

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