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Rosa Maria – Girl in 507

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Rosa Maria are one of those bands that are hard to define. Blending elements of Surf, Psych, Garage & Blues, Rosa Maria create a distinct brand of Rock ‘n’ Roll that is uniquely their own. Combine that with an insatiable lust to entertain and an endless list of new material, Rosa Maria are fast becoming one of the best live bands around.

They’ve just unveiled their new single and film clip ‘Girl in 507’ ahead of the release of their debut album and tour in December.


The single ‘Girl in 507’ is loosely based on the short story ‘A Perfect Day for Bananafish’ by J. D. Salinger, which follows a young couple beset by tragedy. The track oozes with the reverbed vibes of 60’s psych laced with something a bit more sinister.

The song has already received praise from Garage Rock veterans Los Tones who remark, "There's no one out there that can grapple a style and seize attention in the same way like Rosa Maria - a dynamically perfect song."

The clip itself is a callback to American TV variety shows of the 50’s and 60’s with a contemporary twist. It was recorded in a day by Tom Atkins and Josh Martin. This year has seen Rosa Maria play with some of the country’s wildest acts including The Murlocs, The Pinheads & The Delta Riggs and they recently performed to a full house at the King Street Crawl.


The five-piece have a string of show’s coming up including their single launch at Leadbelly this Friday and a support slot with Peter Bibby at The Captain Cook Hotel next Saturday. Check out the dates below:

Friday 6th October – Leadbelly Newtown
Girl in 507 Single Launch with Natalie De Silver and The Satanic Togas

Saturday 14th October – The Captain Cook Hotel
Peter Bibby’s Medicine Tour with Peter Bibby, Pist Idiots & Buddy Dingo

Sunday 15th October – North Wollongong Hotel
With Jesse Porsches, Stumps & Pacific Avenue

Friday 10th November – Oxford Art Factory (Gallery) 
Crocodylus EP launch with Crocodylus, Nick Nuisance & The Delinquents & Archy Punker


Lost Paradise

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From North Journal Autumn Issue 05:

James Adams reviews one of Sydney's newest NYE festivals

"At one stage I saw a river being crossed by a pack of crayons"

Arguably the prettiest festival venue in Australia, the Glenworth Valley in Peats Ridge housed Lost Paradise Festival for 3 days over New Years Eve.

A diverse 4000 strong crowd mixed with ravers, hippies, tweakers, families, mountain folk, drunk teens, and any other breed you may find in society, all mingled happily in the rolling hills for three days of music, yoga, magic and food.

At one stage I saw a river being crossed by a pack of crayons before they walked past a tent full of people practising yoga, and then headed on to a magic show. All to the sounds of Hiatus Kaiyote playing behind me on the main stage.

The build up to the New Year was choreographed wisely. A somewhat lazy afternoon was booted into party mode with The Delta Riggs playing through sunset. The crowd’s hangovers were now eased back into a nice warm buzz as Pond followed with trademark freak outs and crazy sounds. The Preatures encouraged more conventional dance moves, banging out their hits before Ball Park Music sang in the New Year covering Queen again.

For those who backed the old: "I'm not making plans for New Years, it's always a let down" stance, you kooked it.

An hour from Sydney this "plan" afforded you three days of camping by a river in the hills, hearing good music, over-eating great food and the freedom to fart around doing whatever.

Not bad Lost Paradise, not bad at all.

Photos & Words by James Adams