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Brewster Brothers: Electric. Playing The Angels rarities.

As the book The 100 Best Australian Albums highlighted, “The Angels can lay claim to being Australia’s longest-lasting band.”

And when you’ve been around since 1974 and had 13 classic albums, the hardest part of any gig is compiling a set list.

It’s a problem that’s now been solved. Welcome to …

Brewster Brothers: Electric. Playing The Angels rarities.

“We’re not badging these shows as ‘The Angels’,” John Brewster explains. “But we are doing Angels songs.”

So, what’s the story?

Well, the Brewster Brothers just love to play – it’s what they’ve been doing for the past five decades. And they’re aware of the fact that The Angels singer, Dave Gleeson, has commitments with another great Australian band, The Screaming Jets. While Dave is busy with the Jets, the Brewster Brothers thought they’d take the opportunity to perform some of the songs they’ve been itching to play.

It’s a gift for Angels fans – the songs they’ve been hoping to see for years.

Now, we might be calling them “rarities”, but these are songs that other bands would base their entire set around. We’re talking tracks such as ‘Dogs Are Talking’, ‘City Out Of Control’, ‘Eat City’, ‘Night Attack’, ‘No Exit’, ‘Straight Jacket’, ‘Who Rings The Bell’ and the first song that John Brewster wrote for the band, ‘Shelter From The Rain’.

No wonder the legendary American critic David Fricke called The Angels “a guaranteed great time anywhere”.

Assuming lead vocal duties will be The Angels drummer Nick Norton. He’ll be stepping out from behind the kit and singing and playing guitar (which will also enable Rick Brewster to play some additional keyboards). The band will welcome a guest drummer for these shows.

“Nick is an incredible musician and a great singer,” John points out. Indeed, John has known Nick since he was at school – John produced Nick’s band GangAwry, who had a deal with Harry Vanda’s label, Flashpoint Music.

As Ian McFarlane, the author of The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop noted, “The Angels helped re-define the Australian pub rock tradition.” And now John Brewster, Rick Brewster, Sam Brewster and Nick Norton are giving it another twist.

This is it, folks – The Angels rarities. Let the night roll on!

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