Band page created in 2008.
There are two successful bands called 'The Boats'. One is the UK-based band and the other is Australian Instrumental/Post-Rock outfit 'The Boats'.
The Boats (UK)
'Songs by the Sea' (released 27/09/2004) is the first release from the Boats, a collection of songs that the band claim where written by a band called The Sea but songs that they recorded for them after 'finding' the songs in a box on a beach. 'We Made It for You' (released 19/09/05) is the second installment from the boats, a collection of 14 piano tracks all derived from one original song.
In 2006, Moteer Records released the more song-oriented album 'Tomorrow Time'. On 10/01/08, the Boats released their new album 'Our Small Ideas' on their new record label of the same name in a limited run of 200 CD-Rs
The Boats (AUS)
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The boats have emerged with an emotive album of material that represents the birth of a very strange and beautiful kind. 'Los Musicos Perdidos' was recorded to analog tape over two weekends in 2004 at Intrepid Studios; a small studio in the rainforest of Olinda (just outside of Melbourne). The result is exactly that ... two weekends of eclectic, instrumental music.
For the next year or so the boats went into a hiatus. After regrouping in 2005, the album was finished with some beautiful overdub additions from Rae Howell (The Sunrwae Ensemble) and Alistair Watts. The boats debut album is the valorous sound of a band captured in the first stages of their evolution. The boats deliver their debut long player 'Los Musicos Perdidos' in December 2007.
The boats (AUS) Bio
in May 2003 And so it began...a jam on a cool autumn night , between two old friends and two prospective drummers. Paul Guseli (Front of Van) turned up with his custom vintage drum kit and less than 15 minutes into the jam, Jona Byron (The Dirty Royals, The Waiting Place) and Nick Conolly (Miasma, The Daze, The Waiting Place) knew that this was the birth of something special.
The next 6 months saw the band work on improvisational material, combining structured songs with spontaneous jams. During this time, The boats recorded various rehearsal sessions to tape, including some amazing moments in the beautiful Olinda hills...some of these moments were compiled into a 2003 demos EP.
The boats played their first show at Good Morning Captain in early 2004, with long improvisational jams that captured the ears and curiosity of many punters. The live gigs continued, followed by radio interviews. But it was the Museum show with Seascapes of the Interior & Chris Cobilis (The Tigers) that developed the band's reputation as a new, unique and dynamic force. This paved their way for higher profile shows including a packed mini-EP giveaway gig with Black Cab at The Tote, at which one punter aptly described them as "...the band who should have written the soundtrack to Surf Nazis Must Die".
After 2004 the boats went into hiatus for a year and regrouped in 2005, and the magic was still there, even after so long apart. Overdubs for their overdue debut album (that begun in 2004) were finished and the band returned to the live scene again. In 2006 between balancing their own projects, the boats managed to compile a few album tracks and two live rehearsal tracks recorded in May 2006, to make the EP 'Perennial Love'. Released as a short run through Big Rig Records. It was a chance to promote the band again and prepare listeners for what was to come. The boats had a packed out EP launch at the Empress Hotel in Oct '06, with support from The Spheres, and some generous airplay on PBS and RRR FM (especially the show Delivery), and they also played a grand show with Lions Light, The Spheres and Guns of St Sebastian at Loop Bar electundra sessions in Oct, and won over a crowd at Rubys Lounge in Belgrave as part of a benefit concert the week before.
In this auspicious new year the Boats have played in various venues to a collective of bands and live music goers, including an instrumental night called 'The Drawing of Sound', organised by Zac Keiler (instrumentalist and label owner of Dreamland Recordings), with some other great local acts including Cam Butler, Three Month Sunset and Retail Fireworks. An Internet radio site called New Found Frequency recorded the concert, and Jona was interviewed about the progress of the band and their plans. During 2007 the boats also played at Spoon Bar as part of the Sydney Rd, Brunswick Music Festival, a sold out show at The Empress of India with Retail Fireworks, a packed show at Forepaw in July and won the audience of carni freaks and punters at 'Angel Circus' at the Noise Bar in November.
The Boats deliver atmospheric, dynamic instrumental improvisations, creating sonic sketches of looped guitars, bass and drums... conjuring up moments of Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, The Necks, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Ennio Morricone, Set Fire to Flames, Dirty Three...while at the same time remaining truly unique in their delivery. Often being described as surf-rock, post-rock and even 'the new jazz'. The boats released their debut effort 'Los Musicos Perdidos' in 2007.
The Boats are currently mixing their second album titled 'Segundo', and it is due out later this year. A special show highlighting the new material is coming up at The Northcote Social Club www.northcotesocialclub.com in July.
www.oursmallideas.co.uk - UK Band
www.theboats.net - AUS Band