Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Introducing Insane Cane Train

Local Band To Debut At The Brewery

If you disregard how often some of the members indulged in a cold pale ale at Red Dog Brewery, it’s a beautiful coincidence that Insane Cane Train’s first ever gig will take place at the same location the band was conceptualised.

Lead singer and guitarist Dom Pinzone is a seasoned performer at the Chain Street brewery, his sets often involving everything from Ball Park Music to Neutral Milk Hotel.

With a drum kit packed up in the corner of his apartment and a strong desire to write music with other people, Dom met Sam Gillespie and discovered he played drums and had a shed to practise in, so Mackay’s newest band was formed.

“I love playing in a band as opposed to playing solo,” Dom said.

“There is this fantastic feeling hearing each member nail their part that will ever get old.”

The pair went on to recruit their friends Lainie Tilse on the keyboard, Gilbert Gray on lead guitar, Bennett Hardwick on bass and Hannah Walsh on vocals, creating a full, tight and impactful sound that has been fine-tuned with intensive band practise, especially over recent weeks.

“We definitely had to kick preparations up a gear,” Dom laughed.

“I sprung the gig on the band only a month and a half out so I'm probably responsible for a bit of stress.”

Dom cited three motivations for what was to become Insane Cane Train: firstly, an old bandmate from Brisbane.

“I think he's a genius and I appreciate him and his insight into not only music, but all aspects of life,” Dom said.

“Second is the budding Mackay music scene – I’m constantly impressed by the events and bands around town and feel a strong pull to get involved.

“Lastly but certainly not least; the band, the mates, knowing these beautiful people who just happen to also have amazing talents and share a passion for music.”

Dom Pinzone will take the stage at Red Dog Brewery this Saturday, August 26 from 4:00pm, with Insane Cane Train to perform from 6:00pm.

“Expect songs that are infectiously conducive to good times,” he said.

“Expect unbridled bopping to the debut of our first original song.

“Expect a twist on what unimaginative people may call ‘relatively simple content.’”

WHAT: Insane Cane Train

WHEN: Saturday, August 26 from 4:00pm

WHERE: Red Dog Brewery, Chain Street

This is a free event

Local musician Dom Pinzone will front a new band performing at the brewery this weekend

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