Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]Stop' Not Word for Floyd; Mr Perpetual Motion Cruises in for Yamba Show

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]Stop' Not Word for Floyd; Mr Perpetual Motion Cruises in for Yamba Show

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FROM the age of 10 when he first picked up the classical guitar, through to his first professional band at the age of 14, Floyd Vincent has been totally immersed in the world of music and performance.

For the past 21 years he has largely bypassed musical trends and fads preferring to follow his own muse and lead one of Australia's most unique and enduring bands as they record and tour both here and overseas.

Floyd's career was kicked along in December 1988 after winning the JJJ/ Sony-sponsored Australian Music Video Festival Award for the best music video. He immediately went travelling overseas in search of inspiration and contacts.

A pilgrimage to the birthplace of surrealist painter Salvador Dali, a long standing love of Spanish culture and an early start in classical music led him to Europe and the exotic rhythms of the flamenco guitarists.

After touring through Europe and then landing in New York, he eventually ended up in Los Angeles where he met Frank Zappa. Floyd was inspired by Zappa's musical integrity, work ethic and ado it yourselfa philosophy.

Back in Sydney, Floyd's song Child Thing from the awardwinning video had been receiving airplay on JJJ. The song was in three/four time, featured nylon string guitars and sounded like nothing else on the radio at the time. At the urging of booking agents in Sydney he formed the Childbrides and hit the road.

The early line-ups featured members from The Church, The Crystal Set, The Milky Bar Kids and Ed Kuepper's band The Yard Goes on Forever.

Floyd's early shows featured snake charmers and belly dancers as support acts and the band had a three-strong female road crew that used to decorate the stages of the Hopetoun, Annandale Hotels and the like with a giant fish net full of papier mache sea creatures.

This arolling partya toured semi-regularly around the country whenever the band members' main acts were off the road.

Eventually frustrated though by the inability to keep up a touring momentum, Floyd searched for like-minded musical souls who could form a permanent line-up. …

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