The Disappointments are following up the release of their stonking debut single ‘Blue Paradise’ with a full-length self-titled album, which they’ll celebrate in true rock ‘n’ roll fashion with a ‘Buck A Head’ concert on Anzac Day (Wednesday, April 25).
Presented by Hauraki, The Disappointments will play a one-off concert at the Tuning Fork in Auckland. Coincidentally, the Tuning Fork is just a hop, skip and a jump from the now closed Windsor Castle in Parnell, where the band’s members Hammond Gamble, Andy MacDonald and Brent Eccles first cut their teeth as Street Talk in 1974 and when ‘buck a head’ shows were actually a thing.
All legends in their own right, Gamble, MacDonald and Eccles came together again as The Disappointments late last year for the release of ‘Blue Paradise’ – a rollicking blues track that made way for their full-length album THE DISAPPOINTMENTS, out on April 20.
“The band name might raise a smile and lower expectation, but this is a musically taut, lyrically strong, emotionally deep and memorably classy collection of songs (and that instrumental!) which they have taken seriously. So we should too”
– Elsewhere, Graham Reid
“The Disappointments are anything but… blues rock sounds crafted by master musicians….Gamble, Eccles and MacDonald breathe new life into the genre”
– BLUESOLOGY, Tony Nielsen
The Disappointments will follow the album’s release by returning to their roots, with a ‘Buck A Head’ concert at the Tuning Fork.
“This should be a lot of fun,” says Brent Eccles.
“Just like the former Radio Hauraki ‘Buck A Head’ concerts in the 70s, we’re charging only $1 to get in the door… I think we’re worth at least that or possibly more.
“It harks back to the first time I ever played with Hammond and Andy when we were Street Talk and when you could go out for a night and see a band for a buck,” says Eccles.
Gamble (vocals/guitar), MacDonald (bass) and Eccles’ (drums) paths have crossed countless times over the decades. From the heady mid-1970s when their band Street Talk was at the beating heart of Auckland’s thriving live pub circuit, to impromptu jam sessions squeezed in between their ensuing respective careers and a brief reunion, which saw the trio open for American blues rocker, Seasick Steve in 2012.
It was while in rehearsals for the Seasick Steve show, that the trio first discussed the idea of recording new material and before they knew it, they were trading demos by email.
No project would be complete without a name. And so, after much debate and joking about what they should be called, The Disappointments were born.
The Disappointments – THE DISAPPOINTMENTS – available online and in-stores from Friday April 20.
And don’t miss out on what promises to be a night to remember, all for a buck!
The Disappointments – “Buck A Head”
Wednesday April 25
The Tuning Fork, Auckland
Tickets** on sale Monday April 9 at midday from Ticketmaster
** Tickets are only $1 – the venue and Ticketmaster have absorbed all ticketing costs that ticket buyers would normally pay.