PUB ROCK: Covers band Gut Shot Dogz will make their debut later this month, playing a gig in Monto after the races.
PUB ROCK: Covers band Gut Shot Dogz will make their debut later this month, playing a gig in Monto after the races. Contributed

'Gutsy rock and roll': meet Gut Shot Dogz

WHEN Biloela musician Rhett Joyce picked up his drummer Greg Freeman two years ago, Mr Freeman asked him if he could sing.

"Like a gut-shot dog,” Joyce replied.

Freeman burst out laughing.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Later this month, Gut Shot Dogz will make their debut as a band when they play a set in Monto following the races on Saturday, March 30.

"Solid, gutsy rock and roll” is how guitarist and back-up vocalist Joyce describes the Dogz, who are purveyors of '70's-'90's pub rock from "Johnny Cash to The Angels”.

The Biloela four-piece has been jamming two nights a week in preparation for their gig which Mr Joyce hopes "fills the Albert Hotel up”.

Joyce said he believed the '70s and '80s were the "best time for live music”.

"It's my era, I was in my 20s in the '80s, that's when we were partying hard and you had bands like Cold Chisel and The Angels,” he said.

"We're a bunch of older blokes.”

Joyce and Freeman are joined by Marty Simpkins and Paul Jameson rounding out the four-piece.

Unusually for a band, drummer Freeman, with eight years of vocal training, is the lead vocalist.

Joyce previously headed a band called the Closet Rockers, who played more country than rock and roll, but the members became scattered throughout the four corners of Queensland and it was difficult to play together.