A night of old-school punk

The Noffs

The Noffs

WESTERN Sydney-based old-school punks, The Noffs, will step out of the studio for their only live date of 2014 this Saturday night at Rooty Hill RSL.

Dubbed the Gone With Her Wind tour, the night will serve as the launch of the lads' debut CD, titled The Best Ten Seconds Of Your Life.

Formed early last year, the band, comprising Noff brothers Jurgen and Joaquin and cousin Flo, have penned and independently released nearly 100 songs, most of which are free downloads via the net.

While far from being household names, they have earned themselves a following far and wide, and have even won favour with New York-based radio DJ Rob Russo, who has added many of their tracks to his playlist.

"This is lewd, crude and ugly music, made by even uglier folk, but with the beautiful people in mind," singer Jurgen said.

"It's definitely not for the faint of heart . . . and definitely not for the kiddies."

Proceeds from the gig were originally to be donated to cancer research — something close to Jurgen's heart, having lost his wife to ovarian cancer in 2008.

But recent events have led to a change of plan.

Friend of the frontman, Australian country singer-songwriter Allan Caswell, had his day in the Supreme Court earlier this year, taking to task Sony for what he claims was a breach of his publishing contract.

His claim was that the melody of his famed song, On The Inside, known by many as the theme to Australian television series Prisoner, was stolen by American hit makers Alabama for use in their single, Christmas In Dixie.

The judge ruled in Sony's favour, leaving Caswell with a court bill of $700,000.

He intends to appeal.

Formed by fellow musicians, a Songwriters' Fighting Fund has been established.

It will be the new recipient of funds from Saturday's gig, as will the full takings from The Noffs CDs sold on the night.

"Music is a healer," Jurgen said.

Tickets cost $5 a person and are on sale now.

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