Magic Dirt – Rodeo Grounds

Magic Dirt, the seminal female-fronted alternative rock band of the 90’s formed in 1991 out of the dust and noise of the industrial town of Geelong. It wasn’t long before the band was packing out pubs in Melbourne and supporting bands such as Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth and Pavement. Their second EP, ‘Life Was Better’ (1994), debuted at number 1 on the alternative charts staying there for a staggering 75 weeks. As the band continued to grow a massive live following touring the country, their much anticipated first album arrived in the form of ‘Friends In Danger’ (1996), a dark, brooding and heavy as all hell slab of sludge/slacker rock released by Warner Brothers U.S. They then followed up with another blistering feedback drenched monster, ‘Young and Full of the Devil’ (1998), again reiterating their uncompromising musical stance, rocking between noise, pop, rock and whatever their guitars could dish out. The band was now recognised as a major live drawcard and played many festivals including the Big Day Out, Livid, Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival and Splendour in the Grass.


In 2000, with a renewed emphasis on the melodic pop side of their songwriting, the band released ‘What Are Rockstars Doing Today’ which included the anthemic guitar pop smash, ‘Dirty Jeans’, and propelled the band again to tour the UK, Europe, New Zealand and Japan with the single reaching #12 on JJJ’s Hottest 100. In 2003, with their pop-edge firmly to the fore, the band released the multi-ARIA Award nominated album ‘Tough Love’ which hit #15 on the ARIA charts. Magic Dirt continued to blitz the national live music circuit cementing their status as one of Australia’s best-loved and highly respected bands with subsequent national tours, appearances on multiple TV and radio shows, as well as playing supports for acts such as The Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Swervedriver, The Beasts of Bourbon, Powderfinger and Jet.


In September 2006 they released their 5th critically acclaimed studio album, ‘Snow White’, again making a debut in the Top 40 and the band returned to the road. This album saw the return of some of the bands noisier elements fused with their hooky and more polished songwriting. Later that same year, after leaving Warner Australia, the band embarked on two separate projects – an experimental all noise album ‘Roky’s Room’ and a heavier dark as F**K mini-album, ‘Beast’, both to be released on the bands own label, ‘Emergency Music’. In 2008 with the release of their 6th full-length album, ‘Girl’, Magic Dirt embarked on their biggest national tour to date, a whopping 42 date run that saw them playing places as far flung as Coober Pedy, Kalgoorlie and Broken Hill.


In 2009 the band suffered the devastating loss of founding member and bassist, Dean Turner. On and off stage, Dean was highly respected and revered in the music community, he was devoted to his wife Linda and two girls, Charlie and Evie and to his band members he was not only the binding force and main counsel, but he was family and consequently after his passing, the band went on an indefinite hiatus. Nearly a decade later, after a chance reunion at their old stomping ground, the Barwon Club in Geelong, the band have decided to hit the road again, in honour of their bandmate and their long and extensive legacy. Magic Dirt are a significant and essential part of Australian rock history with an undeniable alchemy propelled by steadfast powerhouse drummer Adam Robertson, the cool and mighty driving bass of Dean Turner, the super hooky, supercharged rock and roll blitz of lead guitarist Raul Sanchez, and the ever compelling and distinct force of nature, lead singer and songwriter, Adalita. Apart from the bands vigorous work ethic and the tenacious devotion to their music the band have also, notably, recorded a John Peel session, appeared on multiple movie soundtracks, Dean co-designed his own effects pedal, the ‘Big Bottom’ with Tim Brennan of Tym Guitars, their song ‘Bodysnatcher’ was included in Toby Creswell’s ‘1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time and the Artists, Stories and Secrets Behind Them’, headlined the infamous Wanda Beach Surf Club show in Cronulla in 1995 which has it’s own Facebook page and was attended by senior editor of Rolling Stone America, David Fricke who said he hadn’t seen anything like it since the start of punk and of course, the band were also featured on an Australian postage stamp.


With this inimitable chemistry, Magic Dirt have amassed a legion of loyal and devoted fans with whom they maintain a longstanding and important relationship. Their high energy live shows are the stuff of legend. Their enduring legacy will continue to influence and inspire generations to come but for now, the band are excited to be hitting the road again and are looking forward to turning it up loud and giving it their all.