Epidemic Over – ‘Runaway’ (mp3)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – regional areas are a haven and a breeding ground for people who love and make heavy music. Whether it’s Bundaberg’s DZ Deathrays (I know you’re trying to deny your Fraser Coast heritage boys, but I’m onto you) or Byron Bay juggernaut Parkway Drive, heavy music settles between the red and country-music loving centre, and the more refined capital cities.
Epidemic Over come from Tannum Sands on the central Queensland coast, and have spent the better part of the last five years on the road. Their latest EP, aptly titled Long Way Home, was recorded in the small central Queensland town of Mount Morgan – once home to the most profitable mine in the world. THE WORLD.
These days Mount Morgan is kind of central Queensland’s version of Deliverance. The water supply is poisoned (thanks mining!) and on one occasion I saw a woman with boobs down to her knees chain smoke an entire packet of cigarettes as her toddler played in a full wheelie bin in the main street.
Oddly enough no-one wants to go there, so the boys managed to find a cheap house and knuckled down to record the EP. The locals accepted them and as far as I know, there were no rapes or banjos.
‘Runaway’s the latest single and a definite musical highlight. As they say in central Queensland, “GET IT UP YA!”