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The Spooky Men's Chorale
The Spooky Men's Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam powered and black-clad behemoth, seemingly accidentally capable of rendering audiences moist-eyed with mute appreciation or haplessly gurgling with merriment. Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect subwoofer-rattling boofchord, the Spookies seek to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male armed only with their voices, a sly collection of hats and facial hair, and a twinkle in the eye.
Formed in the Blue Mountains of NSW in 2001 by Christchurch-born spookmeister Stephen Taberner, the Spooky Men soon attracted attention with a judicious combination of Georgian table songs, pindrop beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers, and immaculate man anthems like Don't stand between a man and his tool, all of which amounted to a manifesto for the new breed of man: happily suspended between thug and wimp. The resulting mayhem saw them installed as legends on the Australian folk circuit and took them to the UK for six delirious summers of spookmania at major festivals and venues.
The Spookies are bigger, blacker, hairier and better than ever before, and with their freshly minted fifth album, Warm, a long requested idyll in vast, calm, resonant deepness. These fellows are guaranteed to leave small children thrallstruck, women making noises they've never made before, and real estate salesmen vaguely aware that somewhere, there's a whole world they've never experienced.
"A skillful mix of faultless vocal expertise and maverick abandon ... Compelling, ‘bespook' serious fun, and totally irresistible to boot ..." – Froots Magazine, reviews The Spooky Man in History, 2013
“High camp, epic folly—probably the best programming choice of the entire summer festival circuit” – The Irish Times, 2007