Electronic Press Kit
– The Dead Maggies and the rise of Tasmanian Convict Punk
– Band photos & Art
– Stage & Tech requirements
– Links (downloads etc.)
The Dead Maggies and the rise of Tasmanian Convict Punk
– A short history and biography.
Tasmania is an island state, south of the Australian mainland it juts out of the wild seas where the cold Antarctic waters smash into the South Pacific. Named Van Diemen’s Land by the first European explorers, the British invaded in 1803 launching the “Black Wars” a cruel campaign of nearly successful genocide against the indigenous Aboriginals. Van Diemen’s Land was a natural prison, and this is how it was used. Convict Punishment Centres were built here, psychological torture was institutionalised, and soon Asylums were built for the madness invoked by the brutal punishments.
A time of panic in The Empire, people were sentenced to ‘Transportation’ to Van Diemen’s Land for crimes ranging from murder and cannibalism, to stealing bread and milk for their families. However in these green, spikey and wild lands, those who could not be broken, those who could escape, could find a different way of life.
The story of Tasmania is of rebellion and revolution. Of wild bush-rangers fighting to survive and of wild rebel armies fighting the invading government. Of amazing characters who forged legend. Of alliances between escaped convicts and Tasmanian Aboriginals. A country forged of natives, Celts and convicts.
The Dead Maggies “created their own genre… Tasmanian Convict Punk” (ABC Radio) mixing heart-racing raucous folk-punk and cow-punk together to write music born of this land and its history. They are storytellers, mixing tales from Tasmania’s dark and oppressive past with timeless echoes, weaving complex melodies amongst irrepressible rhythms. The lyrics captivate your mind while the music steals your heart and you are left with only the story and the dance.
The Dead Maggies formed in 2013 shortly after Maggie Thatchers death and during the rise of Tony Abbott, they took on her name in protest. We should learn from our mistakes. Their first release Sing about dead people (2013) accounted life and death in old Van Diemen’s Land. Their new release and first full-length album Well Hanged follows 200 years of Tasmanian history from the European invasion to the present day. The “history children didn’t learn in schools” (LCP) and a “musical tour of Tasmania’s Dark Ages” (MONA), Well Hanged continued into current day environmental and human rights abuses. Because oppression and revolution are our history, and it is our now.
Following this they recently (2017) released two EP’s one, ‘The Wild Folk’ continued the telling of stories from Tasmanias old world. The other, ‘Wild Dogs & Flannies’ addressed tales of a new, still challenging world.
As London Celtic Punks described it in one of their generous reviews:
“This is what folk-punk is all about.”
Stage & Tech requirements
5 x vocal microphones on stands, 4 at front of stage 1 on drummer.
1 x instrument microphone on stands (clarinet) next to central front mic 1
Drum Kit at rear centre of stage (left handed)
Bass amp either side of drum kit
Guitar amp (to be used for banjo)
2x DIs (acoustic guitar, violin)
Note that violin / guitar can run through a second guitar amp, or banjo can run through a 3rd DI if either option is easier.
Mixing, keep vocals loud and clear (it’s storytelling music), lead instruments are; clarinet and violin, banjo is partly lead and partly rhythm. Guitar is mostly rhythm. Also keep double bass fairly loud as it’s drive is important in the songs.