Floyd Vincent: Guitar/Vocals
From the age of ten when he first picked up the classical guitar through to his first professional band at the age of fourteen Floyd has been totally immersed in the world of music and performance. Over the years he has largely by-passed musical trends and fads preferring to follow his own muse and lead one of Australia’s most unique and enduring party bands as they record and tour both here and overseas.
Floyd got his first lucky break in music his early twenties when he got a call from Warren “Pig” Morgan to audition as guitarist for John Paul Youngs’s Allstar band. He got the gig and spent the next 5 years with a solid touring schedule playing the songs of Vanda and Young while developing his own writing and recording abilities. JPY was riding high at the time after a long series of hit records for the Alberts label and the Australian live music scene was at a peak. Many of the professional acts of the era were playing 4- 5 shows a week.
Floyd’s own music was then kicked along in December 1988 after winning the JJJ/ Sony sponsored Australian Music Video Festival Award for the Best Music Video. He soon went traveling overseas in search of inspiration. A pilgrimage to the birthplace of Salvador Dali, a long standing love of Spanish culture and an early start in classical music led him to Europe, the landscapes of the spaghetti westerns and the exotic rhythms of the flamenco guitarists.
After traveling in Europe and the United Sates he eventually ended up in Los Angeles where he was lucky to meet Frank Zappa. Floyd was inspired by Zappa’s musical integrity, work ethic and “do it yourself” philosophy.
Back in Sydney Floyd’s song “Child Thing” from the award winning video had been receiving airplay on JJJ. The song was in ¾ time, featured nylon string guitars and sounded like nothing else on the radio at the time. At the urging of The Harbour Booking Agency in Sydney he formed the band ‘Floyd VIncent and The Childbrides’ and hit the road.
The early line ups featured members from The Church, The Crystal Set ,The Milky Bar Kids and Ed Keuppers band The Yard Goes On Forever.
Floyd’s early shows featured snake charmers and belly dancers as support acts and the band had a 3 strong female road crew that used to decorate the stages of the Hopetoun, Annandale Hotels and the like with a giant fish net full of paper mache sea creatures.
This “rolling party” toured semi regularly around the country whenever the band member’s main acts were off the road. This approach worked well for quite a while and allowed Floyd access to experienced musicians.
Eventually frustrated though by the inability to keep up a touring momentum Floyd searched for like minded musical souls who could form a permanent line up.
On both his tours and recordings over the years Floyd has featured the talents of some of the countries most exciting and technically proficient rock and jazz players including BIll Jacobi (Warumpi Band, Shane Howard, Method), Dave Marsalis ( Tim Finn, Not Drowning Waving), Chris Abrahams (The Necks), Matt Peg (Jethro Tull, Ozzy Osbourne), Jo Accaria (Jimmy Barnes, Wendy Mathews) and Lindsay Page (King Tide, Junglehammer).
Floyd has always retained a strong degree of autonomy in his career being either a self managed or co-managed artist and in the mid and late nineties he again set his sights overseas and with the assistance of co-manager and front of house engineer Daniele ‘Chipster’ Di Giovanni began touring internationally.
He has performed 5 international tours (4 band–1 solo) of up to 3 months predominantly on the European festival circuit and covering the territories of Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland and Spain. For much of the late nineties Rome was his home away from home.
He is also one of the few Australian artists who has toured and released an album on a major label in Eastern Europe performing and releasing in Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
In the late nineties after the international tours began he was signed to Universal Music and released the critically acclaimed album “Last Exit Motel” around the world. That album received strong airplay across Europe and the UK with 3 singles on high rotation on RETE 3 in Switzerland. Throughout the mid–late nineties the band literally lived on the road performing an average of 180–200 shows per year. They also maintained a constant touring presence in Australia during that time and performed 5 concerts to overwhelming response at the Sydney 2000 Olympics live sites organized by the Olympics Co-Ordination Authority.
In 2006 he released ‘MONKEY PUZZLE” on his own label Godsplay and it was distributed nationally by MGM. It received glowing reviews around the country and was the first time he had been able to produce an album without the pressure of time constraints with large amounts of the work done in his own studio.
The album continued the bands fascination with the dance rhythms of South America and broke some new ground for them in the areas of rock and pop.
2 of the album tracks achieved high rotation on Swizz Broadcasting Corporation’s Rete 3 . The track “Yamba Samba” was featured on ABC Oztrax. The band also performed live on the ABC program “The Deep End” and 3 of the tracks from the album were featured on Australian TV Show Mc Leods Daughters.
From 2006 he settled into a life more based at home after the birth of the first of his two children and his touring was limited to a few days at a time. He always continued writing though and has a stockpile of songs and musical fragments from this period.
In recent years he has been involved in a variety of extra curricular musical projects including the “Taronga Zoo/Sun Herald Summer Concert Series” each year and “Classic Albums Live” where he was involved in 2 national tours. Firstly re creating the Dire Straits album “Brothers in Arms” in 2010 with Rex Goh ,Phil Emmanuel, Stuart French and Dire Straits drummer Chris Whitten and then in July 2011 Fleetwood Macs “Rumours” album with Chris E Thomas, Bernie Segedin, Rex Goh and Clare O’Meara. These tours covered capital cities in the countries best theatres. Check www.classicalbumslive.com.au for more info and videos. He also worked around Australia and in Vietnam as a musical director for the company Song Division.
In late July 2011 Floyd performed a specially commissioned 12 minute instrumental piece with sand artist Brett Bower in Singapore. Their piece opened an Australian business conference in Asia.
At the start of 2014 his kids hit school age he started rebuilding and reconnecting with music audiences around the country by focussing again on his own music. With the help of sound engineer Daniele ‘Chipster’ Di Giovanni he has recently recorded 3 live shows in a row in the Hunter area of NSW. That region has always been very supportive of the band. Many have considered the live show to be one of the bands great strengths so its surprising that this will be the first ever live recording released . That recording is set for release later in 2014.
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Bill Jacobi: Bass/Vocals
Bassist Bill Jacobi adds a pumping and distinctive fretless sound to the band and he is a fine singer/songwriter in his own right. Bill joined the band in 1995 and sites his love for cross-culture high energy uplifting music as one of the many reasons for continuing to be a Temple Dog. Bill has strong connection and love for the Australian landscape and Aboriginal culture and has toured the world with the Warumpi Band, Neil Murray and the Rainmakers and Shane Howard. Bill has also released 3 albums with Method, a long-standing collaboration with drummer Frank Corby as well as a collection of solo acoustic guitar tracks.
For more information go to www.reverbnation/billjacobi and also www.methodmusic.net
David Marsalis : Drums
New Zealand born Dave Marsalis first came across to Australia in 1980 and joined fellow Kiwi’s DD Smash. He appreciated the opportunities Australia had for aspiring musicians in the 80’s and decided to stay. He quickly became an in demand session
drummer working for Jo Camilleri , Dave Faulkner and Kevin Borich.
He found a kindred spirit in many of Australia’s indigenous acts and toured and recorded with Archie Roach, Christine Anu and Yothu Yindi.
His natural talent and ability to play many styles have meant that he has continued to be employed by a wide variety of Australian and international acts including David Bridie, Phil Baileys Earth Wind and Fire and Eric Stewarts 10 CC .
Dave plays music because he loves to see a smile on people’s faces.
“There is nothing better than having a punter come up to you after a gig and say you guys have turned my day around”.