RED CENTRENATS GETS READY TO ROCK

> WE CHAT TO DAVE GLEESON, FRONTMAN FOR THE SCREAMING JETS AND THE ANGELS, AHEAD OF THE LATTER BANDíS APPEARANCE AT THE SECOND RED CENTRENATS

STORY SCOTT TAYLOR

WITH just over two months to go until the Red CentreNATS (2-4 September), everyone is getting fired up for the big trip to Alice Springs, and itís looking to be a party to remember.

Australiaís best tyre-fryers are set to cover the Red Centre in a cloud of thick white smoke, with several truckloads of Burnout Masters hopefuls heading inland for the show. Some of the big names looking to hit the Alice Springs Inland Dragway burnout pad include Mick Brasher (ULEGAL), Steve Loader (UCSMOKE), Paul Cook (BLWNVC), Thomas Beltrame (INFERNO), Russell Harris (LOOSE) and Nik Fraser (MELTEM).

But theyíre not the only big names heading to Alice this year Ė The Angels will be rocking out at Blatherskite Park on the Friday night with The Screaming Jetsí frontman Dave Gleeson handling the vocals. We had a moment to catch up with Dave about the upcoming gig.

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Hey Dave, youíve been a busy boy. Youíve just finished a tour with The Screaming Jets after the release of their new album Chrome, and youíve been singing with The Angels for a few years as well. How did that come about?

I was just at a show one night and they asked me up to sing, and before I knew it I was recording with them and off we went around the country.

Awesome! The Angels and The Screaming Jets have both played at Summernats, but the Red CentreNATS is probably going to be a little bit different. What do you think of it all?

Oh mate, I love it. I love the cars. Rock íní roll and cars; I mean thatís why The Jets called their album Chrome. I love that fact. I think rock íní roll and cars are synonymous.

They certainly are. So, have you ever played in Alice Springs before?

I have, I love Alice Springs, and the great thing for the band is that very rarely do you go up there because the expense can be really prohibitive. But mate, itís unreal. Thereís just something about the place.

Have you got a most memorable gig?

With The Angels, I think the most memorable gig weíve done is the Clipsal 500. We played the Clipsal about three years ago to about 25,000 people. So yeah, that was just awesome. We played on the Saturday night and then KISS and Motley Crue played on the Sunday night.

Wow, that would have been awesome. So are you looking forward to Red CentreNATS?

Yeah, I think The Jets played at Summernats in 2012, or something like that, and itís the only chance I get to go to shows like that, because having two kids I donít get to say: ďDarl, Iím just off for a few days, and Iíll be covered in tyres when I come home.Ē So yeah, itís a fantastic opportunity for us to just get around and look at the cars, and just be involved in the excitement of the celebrations.

Do you have a favourite car?

I do, itís an HQ Monaro. That would be my favourite.

They come in a couple of different engine options; do you have a favourite engine? s

Oh, I think five litres is enough for me [laughs]!