Before 4ZZ could start broadcasting in 1975, a transmitter was ordered from the U.S. But after it was lost on the dock in New York, 4ZZ's chief engineer at the time Ross Dannecker built the station's first transmitter.
Gravel Samwidge started in Sydney in 1989 playing with bands such as Lubricated Goat, Munroe's Fur, King Snake Roost, Tex Perkin's Butcher Shop before relocating to Melbourne in 1990 and gigging with the likes of Venom P. Stinger. Their drummer Jay Doherty 'RIP" tragically passed away on their tour to Sydney which stunted their progress. In 1995 the band won Triple J unearthed leading to a CD release through the radio station. The band continued to played on a casual basis, relocating to Brisbane in 2001 where they featured on the title vinyl EP of 'Area 52' Records which also features 3 other artists from the UK and US including San Fransisco's Truman's Water.
In 2009 they came off a 6 year hiatus, regrouping and releasing on CD their debut album “Nonchalance” through Turkeyneck Records. Since then the band has continued gigging more regularly with their new line-up cemented.
Their sound has been described as outsider rock and they have developed more experimental leanings in recent years continually incorporating more electronics into performances. Brisbane's underground music scene has a diverse richness that has allowed the 'Samwidge to showcase their music in unused urban spaces around the city.
Ern Malley records took an interest in the group which led to the CD release of “The Old Tape” (released 2011). It is a compilation of recordings made in their very early years back in Sydney and Melbourne. Gravel Samwidge have been quietly accumulating a plethora of new recordings which will be unleashed upon the feeble public when their next CD release of the new album happens in 2012!