JUST like their name suggests, the past few years have been nomadic and transitional for Central Coast band The Sea Gypsies.
They’ve travelled up and down the east coast to increasingly boisterous crowds at Mountain Sounds, Lost Paradise, The Gum Ball and Beyond The Valley festivals and supported top Australian like artists Harts, Ash Grunwald, Winston Surfshirt, Paul Kelly and The Beautiful Girls.
All the while cementing their reputation as a quality live act.
Yet numerous line-ups changes have meant the roots-rock five-piece’s signature sound has been continually in a state of flux.
The current line-up of Luke Marlin (vocals/guitar), Anthony Twomey (drums), Daniel Hoolihan (lead guitar), Joseph Smith (keys/percussion) and Jackson Burke (bass) have been together almost 12 months, which has seen the release of the singles Lost and Found, Demons and the environmentally-focused Sea Shepherd.
Those singles followed The Sea Gypsies’ EPs Birds (2015) and Embrace The Way (2016).
Work is also well underway with producer Jack Nigro (Sarah Blasko, Ian Moss, DZ Deathrays) at Central Coast’s The Grove Studios to record The Sea Gypsies’ debut album.
“It’s been bit of a journey trying to refine our sound and we’ve never had a steady line-up,” said the Valentine-based Twomey.
“But I think now the line-up of the band is locked in and we’re more committed to doing an album rather than singles and EPs.
“When the line-up changes around so much your sound changes too.
“So we really wanted to have all that locked in before we committed to having an album out there. We’ve ironed a few bumps out there, so hopefully the album takes off and we’ll see where it takes us.”
Half of The Sea Gypsies’ debut album is recorded and Twomey is confident the remaining tracks will be laid down in the coming weeks.
“It’s going smoothly at the moment, but we have probably another five tracks down there to record,” he said.
“Hopefully once that’s all done it’ll go into production and we’ll get all the press work done and organise a tour for spring time.”
Twomey joined The Sea Gypsies in 2014, shortly after moving to Lake Macquarie for work from his southern NSW home town of Tumut.
Back in his Tumut days Twomey bashed the skins with Bellbird’s breakout alt-country star William Crighton.
“We played in a high school band together then fast forward at least 10 years we were actually on the same bill at Wollombi Festival,” he said.
“We bumped into each other, so it’s come full circle there.”
The Sea Gypsies return to the Mountain Sounds Festival at Kariong on February 16 and 17.