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In a world that requires labels and genres, Tank 7even is a 4 piece folk /country/ acoustic/ rock band, with an intricate mesh of ages, instruments and melodies. It includes; 2 adults, 2 kids, up to 8 instruments, 6 instrument cases, 4 plectrums, 3 tuners, a couple of vocal chords…and a pile of simple, passionate songs about life…
Tank7even is driven by the lifelong musical passions of Gary Dobbin.
Gary has been writing, performing and recording music for 30 years, long enough to be now playing and recording with his kids Franca (16) and Bill (13); add brother in law Geoff, and you have an eclectic group of friends and family that make up Tank 7even.
Gary Dobbin started his musical journey in late 1978...wrote his first song in 1979, performed 3 original songs for the first time at ‘The Stables’ folk club in Perth 1981; and recorded his first album early 1982, at home on the family stereo. Performed hi first full solo gig in 1983. In 1991, he and a close friend Mark Seymour started their first all original band, Arid, in Esperance; recorded their first studio Ep Poison Creek. Since then, Gary has performed in and been part of many bands, performing and recording throughout WA. Gary has his own home studio called the Zincroom, which has produced 12 albums over the last 10 years. In 2011, Gary won WAM Country Song of the Year with his song Wheatbelt.
Franca and Bill Dobbin have grown up with a music studio as their back yard...they are both self taught musicians with Franca an accomplished guitarist, Bass player, singer (performing solo for the first time 2011 at the Nannup Music Festival), and Bill on Drums and percussion. Bill played his first festival as fill in drummer for (the) Dead Kellys at age 9. They are both new to, but competent, piano players.
Geoff Wishart has been playing the viola his whole life, playing with the University of WA Orchestra, the Bunbury youth Orchestra and Indroorpilly Community Orchestra. Geoff is the proprietor of the Nannup Hardware Store.
Tank 7even have been together for three years, performing at the last three Nannup Music Festivals, Boyup Brook Country music Festival, numerous gigs at their local Nannup Hotel, Perth and throughout the SW. Their debut 12 track CD “Little Hoss” is not just an example of Gary Dobbins song writing/storytelling, but a compelling example their friendship, musicship, and obvious joy they have playing music together. It’s easy to see why they are well received in their home state of WA.
Debut Album - “Little Hoss” - 12 songs, total playing time approx 42 min.
All songs are written, produced, mixed and mastered by Gary Dobbin.
Little Hoss was recorded in a 4hr session at Satellite Studio Perth WA, then produced, mixed and added to by Gary Dobbin in his home studio, The Zincroom. It was intended to capture the simple honest sounds of the band playing and jamming live, thus; Drums, Bass, Guitar, vocals and backing vocals were recorded together live, then additional tracks by Geoff and s Doug and Nick, added, (as live as possible), later.
All attempts were made to leave as small as possible footprint on the environment...an objective they feel they achieved by using all the original tracks recorded and recording additional tracks as quickly and efficiently as possible. They have used part recycled card cover, non toxic inks and no plastic. Keeping studio time down, and recording additional tracks in Nannup, reduced the need for travel.
The band is also planning to sell as much as possible digitally, and hope to limit their CD printing.
Album is for sale digitally at iTunes., at gigs, or on request through their web site.