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Join flamboyant Victorian band Spyndrift as they kick off their Hit and Rum tour to launch the new year in style.

Let Them Eat Cake promises to be an unforgettable evening with a spectacular line up of musical acts including local groove masters AKoVa , Reichelt and classy performances from burlesque beauty Ms Belle Benet.

Spyndrift is a quirky theatrical quartet who plays an intoxicating range of musical styles from dub-ska to circus-cabaret. They are thrilled to be returning to the Gold Coast after their successful tour in May 2013.

Their dynamic musical performance is complete with eccentric characters in lavish costumery, enchanting and playful antics, twirling parasols and Parisian vaudevillian hi-jinx. Their film clips Like a Kyte and Pandora’s Box (YouTube) illustrate the theatrical and playful nature of this act and what you can expect to see in their show.

Other performances on the night include burlesque chanteuse Ms Belle Benét (Byron Bay). Don your top hats and tails for Spyndrift’s Let Them Eat Cake!

Let Them Eat Cake hits The Loft Chevron Island on Friday 3 January. Tickets are $15 pre-booked or $20 on the door.  


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Spyndrift cast a spell

April 30 2012
Bendigo Weekly

Spyndrift’s Yellow Brick Road tour is paved with gold… musical gold!

There are very few acts on the live circuit that can match Spyndrift in terms of their unique, highly visual performance style, musicianship, energy and out-and-out groove.

Bendigo’s Newmarket Hotel on Saturday and The Old Hepburn Hotel on Sunday played host to positively transcendent performances showcasing Spyndrift’s unquestionable charisma, masterful stagecraft and unbridled energy. It’s plainly apparent that Spyndrift relish the release and self expression that comes from performance; this aspect of the show is not lost on an audience energised through the band’s positive charge (to quote the title of their latest CD).

Musically, Spyndrift cover so much ground that trying to neatly categorize their sound is a hard ask. There are elements of funk, reggae, ska, folk, alt-rock and even some jazzy undertones, in a sound that is theirs alone.

Dressed in red for both shows, front-woman Elle Wood cuts a mesmerising stage presence; equal parts French chanteuse, vaudevillian, rock diva and soulful mother of groove, she owns the stage, while the band as a whole deliver masterfully in terms of genuine showmanship, charisma and musical chops.

Spyndrift’s show is a treat for music fans of all ages: from my four-year-old son who was transfixed in between bouts of uncontrollable dancing, to the wonderful lady in her seventies who remarked to me how great it was to experience real performance in music.

Special mention must be made to Bendigo’s own Joel English whose magnificent support set at the Newmarket Hotel show was something very special indeed. A great talent, a masterful songwriter and performer, who given the opportunities he deserves, has a very bright future ahead.

Spyndrift will finale their current tour with a performance at Ballarat’s Portico on Sturt on Saturday, May 5 from 8pm


Get into an ocean groove with Spyndrift

April 18 2012
Surf Coast Times


This Friday night, Otways five piece Spyndrift officially kick off their latest tour with an intimate and enticing gig at The Piping Hot Chicken Shop in Ocean Grove, supported by Red Whyte. But be warned, it will be no sit down affair.

Spyndrift’s sound can be described as a dynamic blend of ska-cabaret, circus-reggae, roots and psychedelia and when they hit the stage it is truly a visual performance.

Front woman Elle Wood told the Surf Coast Times they always like to have a few tricks up their sleeve.

“The visual performance plays a huge role in our appeal and our music traverses many genres and flavours,” she said.

“We relish the opportunity to connect with our audience in a playful and cheeky fashion – put it this way they’re in for a real treat.”

Spyndrift formed in 2004 in the Otway Ranges after a chance meeting and jamming together turned into something more.

“We definitely all share a passion for music, performance and creativity, that brought us together. I mainly sing and perform, Hoya’s on guitar and vocals, Merin on bass, Dick on drums and Vini on keys. Hoya and I mainly harmonise but lately Merin has been adding some beautiful layers.

“In the beginning, our music and feel reflected a more laid back coastal vibe, now it’s more dynamic and theatrical – you could say wild!”

Kicking off the double bill will be the coastal vibes of highly revered Surf Coast singer songwriter Red Whyte who is also set to launch his new CD.

“Red supported us at the Chicken Shop last October when we launched our EP Positive Charge, it was a fantastic night; we have known Red for years and are huge fans.”

The gig kicks off at 8pm Friday April 20 at the Piping Hot Chicken Shop, 63 The Terrace, Ocean Grove. Tickets $15 at the door.

You can also catch Spyndrift as they continue their Follow the Yellow Brick Road tour, in Bendigo April 28, Hepburn Springs April 29 and Ballarat May 5. Watch out for their latest film clip “Like a Kyte”.

Birregurra tunes up for annual festival

October 7, 2011
Colac Herald, Victoria