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Team Utopia @ Scarborough Originals

Team Utopia @ Scarborough Originals
Redcliffe Guide - Sep 27, 2017 10:45
TEAM UTOPIA HEADLINES SCARBOROUGH ORIGINALS IN OCTOBER, AND FROM ALL REPORTS, IT WILL BE THE BIGGEST ONE  YET. 

The event has gained momentum over the past six months and is gearing up for a powerhouse event in October. Billed as “Rocktober”, Scarborough Originals has secured local favourite Team Utopia to head up a massive lineup.  

When Redcliffe local Dan Nebe isn’t on the road with the Hoodoo Gurus, making music videos for bands or organizing Rockin’ 4 The Homeless, he finds time to play in Team Utopia. 

Redcliffe band Team Utopia has forged a spot within Brisbane’s rock elite after some high-profile support and six years of slogging it out. 

Formed in 2011 by frontman Dan Nebe, the band has played to massive crowds ever since. 

The band has evolved over the last six years with many lineup changes over that time. The project has finally discovered players who suit the music, and Rockin’ 4 The Homeless 4.0 crowds got a taste of the new sound and lineup this year. From all reports, they stole the show with a blistering set. 

Nebe writes very catchy tunes, which can also be found on YouTube. “Where is my Heart” is always a fan favourite.

"Team Utopia is my release from reality,” says Nebe. “I have always wanted to write songs that tell a story. Some good and some bad. They come from my soul, and it is a kind of magic that I can’t describe the feeling it gives me to play live to a crowd — it is quite intense."

“When the first two rows of the crowd know all the words and sing them with me, it’s quite surreal, to say the least. Having two beautiful ladies as my rhythm section has added an energy and dynamic to the band. Amanda Emblem plays Bass from Diva Demolition with Sue Kennet from Chick Flick/Her Way To Hell on drums. Such a powerful lineup now, and I have to pinch myself all the time to assure myself I’m not dreaming.”

ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Bob Spencer (ex-Angels and Skyhooks) joined the band in May this year, and has added his myriad of experience to the already cult following the band has gained. We spoke to Bob on the phone this week and got some insights as to how his role in Team Utopia works. 

“I think these songs are great Australian rock and roll songs and such a buzz to play,” said Spencer. 

“I’ve been following Team Utopia for about five years, and being asked to play lead wasn’t a hard decision to make at all.

“A great bunch of girls and Dan holds his own quite well on stage. I was surprised by the following they have up there in Redcliffe. We played to a very rowdy crowd at ‘Rockin’ 4 The Homeless, and it took me a while to come down from our set.

The band will play their last show of the year at Scarborough Originals on Sat 7 October from 1pm at Jamieson Park Scarborough. Entry is free. All ages welcome.