MOTHWING: Ready to rumble at this weekend’s Mitchell Creek music festival.
MOTHWING: Ready to rumble at this weekend’s Mitchell Creek music festival. Contributed

Mothwing band flutter to Mitchell Creek for music festival

MOTHWING is a blues/metal/funk assortment of mostly Gympie locals who will be playing at the Mitchell Creek festival for the third year in a row.

Formed in Gympie as a four piece in 2012, drummer Jake Frampton is looking forward to this year's gig.

"Hopefully the weather will be kind," Jake laughed.

"We've got a bit of a fan base now, so it will be great playing there on Sunday."

Jake is owner/manager of Cooloola Pumps and Irrigation in Gympie, so music has to fit in around his day job.

"We make the time every week to get together."

He did have aspirations of making music a career but reckons at 31, he's more of a realist now and is just happy to be in a band which gets regular gigs and has an EP and two singles out there.

"We released out self-titled EP in 2013, teaming up with producers James Russell and Elliott Heinrich from Heliport Studios.

"More recently, we've released two digital singles this year.

"We're working on another single now and it should be out soon," he said.

Jake started playing music with mates at James Nash State High School and played with different musos over the years until Mothwing was formed.

His musical influences vary - from punk to metal, through to blues.

An early inspiration was Rage Against the Machine.

"Lately I've been more into Australian musos, such as Dan Sultan."

As an interesting aside, Mothwing's name came after one of the insects shorted out an amplifier.

Gigs they've played at were Live'N'Loud in 2013, Airley Beach festival in November last year and the past two Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues festivals.

Mothwing are Brad Roberts on guitars, didge and vocals; Jake Frampton on drums, percussion and backing vocals and James Dixon on keyboard and vocals.

Their original bassist left the band recently and another bassist has joined the group to play at the festival.