Interview: Regurgitator

Regurgitator in Kingscliff

Urge for the Gurge

Kingscliff Beach Hotel | Friday 24 August | 7pm | $40.75

Formed in the mid 90s, Regurgitator rose to become one of the longest-standing Aussie bands of its generation, though it didn’t begin as planned, as you would have thought.

When asked about the initial inception of the band original member Ben Ely said, ‘It’s funny that this band is the one that we’re still playing in. When we started Regurgitator it was our side project. We were all in other bands (Pangaea, Zooerastia, Brazilia), mostly crossover metal type stuff, prog rock etc.’

‘Regurgitator was a breakaway from that stuff, to an easier, experimental, more fun format where we were just open to trying out new sounds and taking on things we liked from all the other forms of music that we were hearing all around us at that time in the early to mid 90s.’  That same format of absorbing music they like, then playing around with it to make it their own continues today. ‘Music and the music scene has changed so radically since we started and there’s a continual supply of sounds, formats inspirations that pop up and that we can absorb and regurgitate in our own style,’ says Ben.

Even though they have been consistently in the musical landscape for almost 25 years, Ben says they’ve never really felt like they were part of any one scene or the ‘music’ scene really at all. ‘All these different styles and movements have come and gone and we never really fitted in with any of them. We’re more like the socially awkward kid up the back of the class not really included in anything and happy to do our own thing and not get too involved with what everyone else is doing. Even in the 90s scene we were always kinda outsiders just creating our own music from sounds or things we liked and used that to make up some new stuff.’

The Gurge are touring their new album HeadRoxx, coming to Kingscliff Beach Hotel on Friday at 7pm. Tix at

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