Red Beard will launch its debut EP next Friday at the Civic Centre.
Red Beard will launch its debut EP next Friday at the Civic Centre. Craig Warhurst

Red-Beard to launch new EP at Civic Centre show

GYMPIE people of all ages are in for a treat when local band Red-Beard launches its debut EP, Enigma, at the Civic Centre next Friday.

The band has made some exciting progress since the original trio - Tom Rooney, Joel Forman and Reece Buckley - recorded the album in October.

They've returned from a successful tour, welcomed a new band member, Zac Cotton, and scored a spot supporting Getaway Plan on the band's Sydney leg of its tour, starting in April.

Gympie's all-ages gig is expected to "go off".

If the filming of the band's first film clip is anything to go by, the show will be a big one.

More than 200 Gympie youth turned out to participate in the film shoot and with such strong support for the band, the gig is also expected to draw a large crowd.

Red-Beard frontman Tom Rooney said the quality of support bands on the line-up was impressive.

Opening the night will be a band called Deadheat from the Sunshine Coast.

Described as energetic punk rock, Rooney says Deadheat will get the show started from the beginning, with its high energy destined to "make the crowd go crazy".

The second band Hope Springs is another Coast band with a captivating sound.

Known for delivering an intense performance, this progressive rock band is expected to keep the show simmering until Red-Beard's "good friends from Melbourne" step it up a notch. The three-piece band Architypal supported Red-Beard on its Foxtail tour and they "got on like a house on fire".

"They are a similar style to us, but more rock 'n' roll," Rooney said.

"It's gonna be epic."

Rooney said the band's Foxtail tour had great success with sold-out venues for their first-ever gigs in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

"We've just introduced a fourth member," Rooney added.

"We had no intention of getting another member in the band, but an old friend got in contact and now he's pretty much the John Paul Jones of Red-Beard.

"He plays bass guitar and any synth or percussion work that needs filling. His sound is so organic, it brings a whole other element without smooching on our original sound."

Tickets are $15 through Oztix or available at the door on the night.