The Bootleg Beach Boys at Castle Hill RSL

ON TOUR: The Bootleg Beach Boys have landed in Australia this month to kick off their Aussie tour. They will perform at Castle Hill RSL on July 1.

ON TOUR: The Bootleg Beach Boys have landed in Australia this month to kick off their Aussie tour. They will perform at Castle Hill RSL on July 1.

The Bootleg Beach Boys will bring the Good Vibrations to Castle Hill RSL on July 1.

From surf-themed anthems such as Surfin’ Safari and Surfer Girl to classic muscle car memorable’s like Shut Down and Fun, Fun, Fun, the band has gathered an impressive repertoire of west coast, harmony-laden songs that evoke the spirit and essence of the pursuit of the 60s American dream.

Don’t be fooled by the groups admittedly tongue-in-cheek name, this band consists of a well-seasoned line up of multi-instrumentalists and vocalists.

Joe Mullins, Damian Butler, Mark Maguire, Joe Leech and Fran King are the fantastic five who embody the classic band.

Mullins serves as the group’s fastidious musical director, as well as playing an impressive array of instruments and also voices the sweet tones of Al Jardine and Bruce Johnson.

Butler plays the drums and percussion, giving the band that infectious 60s beat, and voices the parts of Dennis Wilson and Mike Love.

Maguire and Leech add the sweet harmonies that make The Beach Boys so instantly recognisable, and play lead guitar and bass respectively.

Between them they capture the vocal resemblance of Al Jardine, Bruce Johnson and Mike Love – a mean feat considering the vocal range of their calibre.

King adds the high register of Brian and Carl Wilson to the combo, playing bass and acoustic guitar, and has been an entertainer for more than two decades.

He started performing in pop-rock bands and eventually weaved his way into tribute shows The Classic Beatles, The Get Back Show and Edisons.

“Through the last couple of years I met up with a bunch of guys in Dublin who where absolute fanatics of The Beach Boys,” he said.

“We shared an interest in the beautiful music, harmonies and the whole west coast sound of The Beach Boys. We’re all huge fans of the group.”

He said the band first got together just under two years ago and warmed their vocal cords singing harmonies around his kitchen table.

“We just bounced off each other and agreed that if we didn’t perform together we’d be crazy, because we sounded more like The Beach Boys than The Beach Boys,” King said. “And that’s how it all started.”

We just bounced off each other and agreed that if we didn’t perform together we’d be crazy, because we sounded more like The Beach Boys than The Beach Boys. - Fran King

The band will tackle classics such as In my room, God Only Knows, Good Vibrations and Help me Rhonda in their hit heavy set.

“We’ll do a whole retrospect of everything – starting from the beginning to the end,” King said.

“We’ll also pay homage to the genius of Brian Wilson in the form of selections from Pet Sounds and cult favourites from the legendary Smile album.”

This blend of five vocals will create a “great party atmosphere”.

“The thing we’ve noticed about the tour so far is that everyone has a big smile on their face. It’s just feel good music that makes our listeners happy,” King said.

He said the pre-show warm up helps the group to transform from their regular selves into The Beach Boys.

“We’re absolute avid fans,” he said. “We get dressed up and put on wigs to look like the band members and get in a huddle and spread the good vibes before each of our shows.”

  • 8pm on Saturday, July 1 at Castle Hill RSL, 77 Castle St, Castle Hill. Tickets: $50. Bookings: 8858 4800 or castlehillrsl.com.au.
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