FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MEDIA RELEASE
Friday 31st October & Saturday 1st November 2014 | from 8.30pm
Vertigo @ The Reef Hotel Casino
There is no doubt, Mental As Anything are legends in the Australian music industry – both for their iconic hits and the folklore behind the band. Now, this group of amazing musicians are bringing their raft of classic his to The Reef Hotel Casino for two special nights in October and November. This is the first time the band have performed at Vertigo Cocktail Bar & Lounge and it is guaranteed to be massive.
What started as a group of students, posing as a band in order to get free beer, evolved into one of the country’s most prolific groups. It’s been more than three decades since Mental As Anything undertook that first gig and as their bio accounts, they are still ‘irritating the public with their highly listenable, idiosyncratic brand of garage pop.’ The spawn of hits from the band hit regular rotation on radio stations around the country and saw the band undertake massive tours.
There are almost too many Mental As Anything hits to count, but just some of the radio gems include The Nips Are Getting Bigger, Too Many Times, If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?, Live It Up, Rock ‘n’ Roll Music and Mr Natural to name a few. There were over a dozen Top 30 hits and the band dominated the airwaves throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The band smashed onto the music scene, unintentionally, in 1977 with a year-long residency at the Unicorn Hotel in Sydney. The next year another 12-month residency followed, this time at the Civic Hotel. In 1979 The Nips Are Getting Bigger single not only reached the Top 20 in Australia, but also the Indy Top 40 in the UK.
They achieved #19 position on the charts in Canada with Too Many Times in 1981, and a year later they toured throughout the US and Canada promoting their latest releases. This was just the tip of the iceberg of their success. In 1985, back home they had a Platinum Best Selling Australian Albumfor Fundamental As Anything, a Best Selling Australian Single with Live It Up and the same song received an APRA award for Most Performed Work and a Countdown award for Best Single and Songwriter. The track was also a #1 hit in Scandinavia, #2 in Germany and #3 in the UK. The band didn’t really stop from there. Their 1988 hit Rock ‘n’ Roll Music was used in the film soundtrack for the cult classic Young Einstein and hit #6 in the charts.
In 2009, the band’s hits were re-released through their record company, packaged as Essential As Anything. The band’s back catalogue was also made available for digital download. For a band that started out in vinyl and has now progressed to the internet, it’s an incredible career trajectory. That same year, the band released an album of all new material – Tents Up – was the result of five years of blood, sweat and tears.
As well-known as Mental As Anything are for their music, their equally well-respected for their art. In 1999, Peter O’Doherty left the band to become a full-time painter. He has since won numerous art prizes. In 2000, Reg Mombassa, reputed for his iconic artwork for clothing brand Mambo, left the band to pursue his art career. He was a major designed for the closing ceremony at the Sydney Olympics. The band’s current line-up, with a mixture of original members and some new blood, are as enigmatic as ever. They still adhere to a rigorous touring schedule and receive rave reviews around the country.
Mental As Anything perform at Vertigo Cocktail Bar & Lounge in The Reef Hotel Casino on Friday 31st October and Saturday 1st November. Vertigo will be ramping up the Halloween celebrations with The Hillbilly Goats from 8.30pm and wrapping up the night with Big Noise til late.
*** These are free shows at Vertigo