INFUSION: Maitland five-piece D’yer Mak’er release their new single Tension Seeker on Sunday.

THE suburbs of Maitland are a far cry from the streets of Jamaica. But five former students of All Saints St Mary’s are taking the Caribbean genre of reggae andre-appropriating it with an fusion of n summer vibes andspacey psychproduction to create a unique sound.

D’yer Mak’er, named after Led Zeppelin’s 1973 reggae-influenced hit, released their impressive debut EP Moonshine Divine in April and on Sunday they unleash the first taste of their second record.

Tension Seeker sees the band of Tim Howell (vocals), Ben Youngman (bass), Michael Chilcott (drums), Tom Turner (guitar) and Alex Dorn (guitar) working with producer and Pals drummer Fraser Marshall for the first time.

“It was one of the first songs we ever wrote more than a year and half ago and we just forgot about it,” Youngman said.

“We recently re-wrote it and now it’s become the lead single off the new EP.”

The second EP, tentatively called Tension Seeker is expected to be released in November. Youngman said it incorporates D’yer Mak’er’s diverse influences, that include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool, The National and Rage Against The Machine.

“It’s a bit different and more heavy and funkier,” he said.“All five of us have really different influences in our music, so the sound is whatever sounds good because we’re all open to different genres.”

D’yer Mak’er perform alongside fellow Hunter band Jones The Cat at the Cambridge Hotel warehouse room on September 8.

BLUNT SHOW HUNTER BOUND: James Blunt will headline A Day On The Green in March.

LADIES get the tissues ready. Because on March 10 the Hunter Valley will be filled with the tear-jerking ballads of You’re Beautiful and Goodbye My Lover.

Yes, English singer-songwriter James Blunt is coming to Bimbadgen for A Day On The Green. Joining the folk superstar will be ’s own folk-rock luminaryPete Murray, roots duo Busby Marou, Amazing hit-maker Alex Lloyd and the inaugural winner of The Voice, Karise Eden.

Blunt has sold more than 20 million albums since his massive 2004debut Back To Bedlam, which followed a career in the British Army.

Tickets for A Day On The Green go on sale September 11 at 10am.

KINGSWOOD BACKUNSUBSTANTIATED reports in other media that rock bands Kingswood and The Hard Aches were boycotting Newcastle due to crowd violence were emphatically quashed this week.

Kingswood will return to the Cambridge Hotel on November 24 as part of the venue’s V8 Supercars week of entertainment. Other shows include metal band Miss May Ion November 22 and pub rockers Thirsty Merc the following night.

Representatives of both Kingswood and The Hard Aches denied they had excluded Newcastle from their touring schedule and promised the Heraldin July that they would return.

PARADISE DROPPEDTHERE aren’t many more beautiful places within an hour’s drive of Newcastle than the CentralCoast’s underrated Glenworth Valley.

The bush setting will be even more inviting over New Year’s Eve after the line-up for Lost Paradisewas revealed on Tuesday. Electronic duo Rufus headlines the festival with their only n show of the summer.

Joining them will be Matt Corby, Meg Mac, DMA’s, Client Liaison, Cut Copy, San Cisco, Cigarettes After Sex (US), Middle Kids, Skegss, Jack River and many more.

KIM GETS JUNKYPUNTERS at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel enjoyed a sweet surprise while they were sipping on their after-work beers on Tuesday evening.

Newcastle-based surf-folk artist Kim Churchill playeda secret showat the Junkyard as part of his whirlwind busking tour in preparation for his upcoming Weight Falls album launch, starting on September 14 at the Cambridge Hotel.

Churchill, 26, has a long association with the hotel as it was one of the first venues he played as an 18-year-old when he left Merimbula.

SKYLINE DAY OUTFOR the first time you can enjoy the music of Dashville without worrying about bunkering down in a tent.

Due to popular demand and a proliferation of other events over the October long weekend, single-daytickets have gone on salefor Dashville Skyline running from September 29 to October 1. Tickets start from $60.

COLLECTING SCUMNEWCASTLE punk darlings The Gooch Palms are renown for giving fellow Novocastrians a leg up. Previously they’ve booked Raave Tapes and Pals to support their shows and for theSpring Break tour they’ve welcomed noisy Newcastle three-piece Scumdrops aboard.

Scumdrops will support Gooch Palms at their October 13 show, alongside Pist Idiots, Totty and Los Scallywaggs.

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