The Lonely Boys are a six piece “bush punk” band from the Arnhemland community of Ngukurr, 700 km south-east of Darwin. They’d never heard of Queens of the Stone Age. That was before being invited to support them in Darwin next month.
After playing together for more than two decades, Arnhemland band the Lonely Boys will support Queens of the Stone Age during their tour in Darwin.
Queens of the Stone Age announced the details for a new record last month in an unsurprisingly bizarre promo clip (which QOTSA are fond of doing) in which Josh Homme is hooked up to a polygraph and probed with questions.
“Tell you the truth, my music came straight from the bush and I never heard of Queens of the Stone Age,” laughed singer Ambrose Daniels. “But I did research on YouTube and I noticed they’re the biggest band in the world.”
“The only time we practice is when we get up on the stage, we just borrow scraps and whatever we can to practice and perform,” Mr Daniels said.
Feature single The Hunter, sung in the local creole language, boldly states: “I’m a hunter, me properly bush blackfella.”
The band’s manager, Mark Grose from Skinnyfish Music, said their general musicianship and guitar playing were exceptional.
“Even though they couldn’t read a note and don’t understand the theory of music, music is so deeply embedded in them that they are completely literate,” he said.
Listen to Michael Hohnen of Skinnyfish Music discuss the Lonely Boys supporting QOTSA on ABC Radio Darwin, who says “sometimes people who deserve it, get the gig.”