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Carnival Australia ‘Discovers’ Rising ‘Punk-Mod’ Rock Artist In Its Ranks

February 14, 2014 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Australia’s leading cruise company, Carnival Australia has ‘discovered’ a rising punk rock recording artist among its shoreside team who is aiming to make it big on the music charts.



At 54, the company’s popular Onboard Revenue Director, Greg Wilson, is no Sid Vicious either by name or nature but he does share a passion for the ‘punk mod’ sound of his youth in the UK.

Producing Greg’s newly released CD, recorded with his back home mates in the MadFish band, was an exercise in logistics as much as it was in vocal and music talent.

Greg lives in Sydney while the band’s other members still live in the UK, so recording the CD – titled ‘Introducing MadFish’ – was an international challenge made possible only by modern technology.

“I wrote the songs and sent them to the other guys by means of an MP3 demo so they were able to practise their parts at home,” Greg said.

“When I went over to the UK in May last year for a few gigs, we rehearsed for a couple of days and recorded the songs ‘live’ in the studio.

“Before I left the UK, I put down my final guitar and vocals and the others booked separate studio sessions and recorded their parts after I had gone.MadFish Panther Studios Reigate England

“The rest was done by email and further uploads and downloads to the studio website until we were happy with the final production, which was then manufactured as an EP in Australia.”

This is the second stab at recording stardom for the ‘boys’ from Leatherhead who last performed and recorded as The Head way back in 1979.

And they had a taste of success back in the day when the ‘punk mod’ sound had its own strong counter culture following.

Their underground hit – ‘Nothing to do in a Town Like Leatherhead’ – is something of a collector’s item these days and has been known to sell on eBay for as much as $300.

According to Greg, his band was ‘notorious’ in its day but now all aged ‘fifty-something’ they confine themselves to performing some live gigs every couple of years.

But who’s to say the gigs won’t be far more frequent if ‘Introducing MadFish’ becomes a chart topping hit?

Greg is pursuing his ‘punk mod’ recording ambitions with the full blessing of Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry.

“Irrespective of the music style, talent should be given full expression and I admire Greg’s passion for the punk mod style,” Ann said.

“Even when he was singing in the pubs and clubs of Leatherhead in the seventies, Greg knew it was important to have a day job.”

(Pictured are Greg Wilson with the newly released CD and the MadFish band)

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