Brisbane has thrown up its fair share of awesome things, from the mandatory café favourite Fat Boys in Fortitude Valley, to local hip-hop royalty Butterfingers, there is no denying the city has high standards to live up to. Drawing inspiration from anything and everything (including their own relationship statuses), four QUT music students are hungry to prove their worth to the city they love. Rob Knaggs, fashioning himself as Davy Dillinger, is teaming up with EarthBound boys, Jon “Oshy” Ooi, Jonathan Mengede and Joe Jeremiah, to put on their final-year showcase and show Brisbane what they are made of.
Huddled around a table outside Ric’s Bar and Café, the four students are debating the benefits of having a bubble machine for their final-year showcase. Trying to keep the conversation on track, Rob explains how they really envision the showcase going. “Scholars & Scoundrels will be our chance to show our lecturers, tutors, peers, friends and industry professionals exactly what we can do,” he says. “The show is going to surprise people with how different each act is – Davy Dillinger is quite theatric, purposeful… almost rehearsed.” The EarthBound boys interject, with Jonathan laughing out, “And we are just planning to make up what we’re going to say on the night!”
Venturing away from the musical norm of QUT, Rob says Davy Dillinger has intrigued his lecturers. “It’s really different to what the university has seen before, it’s darker than what you would usually find here,” he explains. Colouring each song with societal issues, Rob writes a narrative of sorts while also making reference to Kings Cross king-hit victim, Thomas Kelly. Offering up a completely different platter, EarthBound will be jumping on stage, but keeping their lips sealed, with a purely instrumental sound and an energetic vibe. Piano-wielding Joe says they are all about having a good time. “We’re really just about music … music for music’s sake – but not that shallow,” he says. “It’s something for us to have fun with and enjoy what we’re doing and we hope people enjoy it.”
Adding to the motivation to blow their crowd away, the showcase will be held at Rob’s place of work, and well-known venue, The Zoo. Celebrating their 20th year, The Zoo is a place Rob holds close to him. “I am really proud to work in such a caring, respectful venue,” he says. “It’s going to be great to be able to play such an important show for me, during such an important year for them.”
The show will include musical sets from Tape/Off, EarthBound and Davy Dillinger, along with displayed artwork from local artist Ashleigh Newbery. Kicking off at 7:30PM on Thursday, 1st of November, this will be a show you do not want to miss. Tickets available on the door at $10.