Around 1998 4ZZZ, 4MBS, and Family Radio started broadcasting from the one installation at Mt Coot-tha. Prior to this 4MBS and Family Radio had merely leased land beside 4ZZZ but then Brisbane City Council decided that having three transmission towers and huts in the one place was an eyesore and encouraged the three radio stations to share facilities. This resulted in the three radio stations developing a company called Broadcasting Park to negotiate with the Council. This company consisted of three shares, one owned by each member station.
It’s rare that anyone comes across a creative force like “The Hoomans” and realise what they just experienced. Yet, the mention of the band to anyone in the Brisbane music community evokes the musical story of a traditional three piece who can create music that captures your mind and takes you away.
To see them perform on stage is an experience all in itself. With the fusion of contemporary rock and blues in the beat of their song “Pretty”, encompasses a catching jazzy tune that will make you want to get up and groove along to the sound of the musical pulse. The hypnotic melody of bass and drums practically turns every room they play in into a groovy tribal sweat. Before you know it ….. they’re belting out new song ….. and it’s another funky guitar intro with that fat bass sound working in metronomic timing with the drums.
So just who are The Hoomans?
Colin Fairbrother (vox/drummer) and Tony Sheehan (vox/guitarist/songwriter) met through high school and continued jamming up the tunes playing in traditional rock and roll cover bands, “Charlie don’t Surf” and “Fourier Grey” at various venues around Brisbane.
As the passion for original music continued to manifest they teamed with Emu Jackson (vox/bass/songwriter) performing together in the early 2000’s in a five piece, “Thelmas Grapes”. During this time they performed throughout Brisbane including making the final ten in the Queensland Rock Awards. Not bad considering there where over 300 bands in the comp.
Now, after years gone by they have reunited as an old school three piece, playing some of the old but more intriguingly writing new modern and catchy contemporary blues rock tunes guaranteed to get you out of your chair and grooving to their music.
Keep an ear out for “The Hoomans”.
Reverbnation - https://www.reverbnation.com/thehoomans
SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/the-hoomans