GANGGAJANG WAY: Peter Willersdorf, Robbie James, Mark Cal Callaghan, Buzz Bidstrup and Geoff Stapleton. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
GANGGAJANG WAY: Peter Willersdorf, Robbie James, Mark Cal Callaghan, Buzz Bidstrup and Geoff Stapleton. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Aussie hit makers put Racehorse on tour list

AUSSIE rock legends GANGgajang are back making music after a decade-long hiatus.

The remaining four original members Mark 'Cal' Callaghan, Graham 'Buzz' Bidstrup, Geoff Stapleton and Robbie James, along with bassist Peter Willersdorf, have returned to the studio to deliver their new single, Circles In The Sand.

The band, known for their smash hit Sounds of Then, are bringing both their old classics as well as new material to Ipswich at their upcoming live gig.

"My mum and dad actually got married in Ipswich after the war so I've got an affinity for good old Ipswich," Buzz said.

"I started the band more than 30 years ago and it's always fresh. We make sure we never get to the point where we get stale. We do it because we still love it.

"Every live gig always has a lot of natural energy and we have a genuine love for the audience.

"We love coming up after the show and meeting people and want to make sure people who come to see us have a great time."

THIS IS AUSTRALIA: The GANGgajang WAY signage is up. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
THIS IS AUSTRALIA: The GANGgajang WAY signage is up. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Thanks to 63-year-old Buzz's connections with the indigenous community near Uluru, GANGgajang have become the first band to film a music video at the iconic red rock for their new single.

"I have been travelling to and working in the community of Mutitjulu, next to Uluru, for over 15 years so I have a lot of friends there," Buzz said.

"When we wanted to make the clip the traditional owners were the first to give their permission.

"It was very spiritual. There's something about standing in the middle of Australia, taking your shoes off and moving your toes around in the red dirt that makes you feel a real connection to the land."

Buzz said after the band completed their current tour they would begin work on a brand new album.

"We want to release it later this year or early next year," he said.

"It's been a long time with the same line up and the secret to that working is that we don't take it too seriously. It's a bit like the old boys club.

"We've never tried to change our style and our sound just happens naturally."

GANGgajang will perform live at the Racehorse Hotel on Saturday, April 9 from 8pm. Tickets for this 18+ event cost $29 each.