Once upon a time, a group of art students passed themselves off as a band in order to con the local publican into giving them a gig in exchange for free beer.
The deception worked better than intended with the group receiving beer in return for music and came to be known as Mental as Anything.
Four decades later, they are still irritating the public with their highly listenable, idiosyncratic brand of garage pop.
And this iconic Australian band is playing on Sunday 27 October at The Tewantin Noosa RSL.
From The Nips Are Getting Bigger, Come Around, If You Leave Me Can I Come Too and Too Many Times, through to Live It Up, You’re So Strong and Let’s Cook, Mental as Anything supplied the soundtrack to suburban Australia – brilliantly crafted pop hits that evoke wonderful memories.
Their 25 Top 40 charting songs were, for a long time, a record for an Australian band and are a wonderful illustration of the depth of their catalogue and their song-writing ability.
Founding member, Greedy Smith, said “Since 1977 the longest break I’ve had from playing with Mentals is 6 weeks in 1989/90 when I fell off a horse. Martin Plaza has been off the road for over two years now and I feel so proud of the players I have around me and the way the songs have been sounding I felt we had to properly record our live show and film it. We rounded up some pals to play to and just let rip.”
Tickets are on sale now at $30 for members and $35 for non-members.
Solo support act, Shane Kells will open this show/date and warm up the crowd from 1.30 pm. Doors open for this 18-plus show at 1pm and Mental As Anything will hit the stage around 3pm.
Tickets can be bought by either calling the club on 5447 1766 or in person at 1 Memorial Avenue Tewantin.