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The Swamp Stompers play funky rock and blues with heavy grooves. Emerging from the dirty backwaters of Lismore NSW, the band sounds like the musical lovechild of John Butler Trio, Led Zeppelin and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Searing slide guitar, contrasting dual-lead vocals, catchy guitar riffs and dubstep inspired didgeridoo soundscapes give this original blues-rock band an irresistible flavour combination that will leave you with an insatiable hunger for more. Having met at Southern Cross University in Lismore back in mid-2012, founding members Corey Legge (guitar/lead vocals) and Mitch Broadhead (drums/backing vocals) set about building a monster. Initially the creature only required one very sturdy leg and a broad head, but it was soon decided that this swamp-creation was missing one vital feature.
The lightning bolt of inspiration came early in the piece when bassist, vocalist and circular-breathing extraordinaire Luke Ligtenberg slithered into view, adding the final element to bring the three-pronged colossal to life. Since this fateful merging of musical minds, The Swamp Stompers have set about earning themselves a significant reputation as one of the most promising up-and-coming acts to emerge in recent years. The powerhouse trio has stomped their mark on prominent Australian festivals such as Blues at Bridgetown, Sydney Blues and Roots Festival, and the Great Southern Blues Festival, with rave reviews from punters and peers alike.
‘‘Catchy grooves, intelligent songs and youthful hunger – this band has the right mix of potions to take Australian blues and roots to the next level. One of my absolute favourites.’’ – Lloyd Spiegel (Australian Blues Legend)
“We highly recommend you check these guys out as we firmly believe that these guys will be Torch Bearers of roots music in the 21st century.” Neil Mumme (Great Southern Blues Festival Narooma)
The band is renowned for their incredibly high-energy live shows, with punters left in complete awe by the raw power and finesse displayed by this seemingly unstoppable guitar riff-driven beast. The Swamp Stompers have a ravenous hunger for touring and have been known to smash out a feeding-frenzy of over sixty shows per year, all the while still studying their musical craft at university and finding time to create new musical morsels of magic to unleash on the world. The band’s most recent single ‘Wicked West’ was played on Triple J’s ‘Roots n All’ program and peaked at #3 on the AMRAP community radio rural charts in February 2016. The Swamp Stompers are set to release their 3rd EP in November 2016, with an enormous national Australian tour to follow.