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Los mescalitos

Los Mescalitos is an Adelaide based Alt Country band that traces its roots back to a cellar in Barnard Street, North Adelaide in 1979.


Formed in 1979 as "The Rooted Coons", with Bruce Dick, Phil Catley and Peter Burke jamming in a North Adelaide cellar. Burke left after about 6 months and was replaced by Nigel Grummet on vocals and Dean Edwards (Spell Why, Big Things Flying) on drums, with a new name of Underground. The line-up never quite gelled, so Dick and Catley moved on, recruiting Barrie Paraskeva (Bazz Bass, ex Celestial Brainchild and Whispering Steel) on bass and Marcus Trimboli (from Black Milk) on drums. Ensconced in rehearsal rooms at an OG Road earthmoving firm, the band changed its name to Rough Mix, named after the Townsend/Lane album. The band played a mix of originals and a few covers of the Stones, Who, Beatles and The Jam.

From 1981 until 1986 the band played parties, Universities, CAE's, The Tivoli, Austral, Exeter, Peter Jacksons, and most of the other local inner city venues. They spent most of 1983 with a residency at The Saloon in North Adelaide, playing alongside The King Bees, Kaos, The Jump, and establishing a friendship with The Primitive Painters, with whom they often double billed. The residency led to complacency, and the band didn't progress. Dick and Catley resigned from the residency to focus on rehearsing, and two weeks later The Saloon burnt down. Rough Mix continued playing around town until 1986 and were often joined by Imogen Lidgett (July 14, Every Brothers) on keyboards. They played their farewell gig in November 1986 at the Marryattville as the support act for the emerging band Distorted Tarts.

Bruce Dick changed his name to Bruce Harley and went on to play in The Coneheads, The Lovegods, Godbox, and Curse of Lono. He passed away in 2002. Phil Catley and Barrie Paraskeva joined Distorted Tarts for a few years, before reuniting with Bruce Harley in the Curse of Lono, and a sideshow covers band called the Sensational Dialtones, After Harley's passing, Catley joined a few bands such as Two Minute Warning, Am I Ever, The Rocking Stones, and Satisfaction The Stones Show, Paraskeva managed some local bands in the 90's, but the itch to reunite was always there. Eventually Catley started jamming with Harley's younger brother Toby Stuart. They wrote songs, called in Paraskeva, and formed a band with the working title "Dirty Pierre". After a while they found drummer George Sretan, renamed themselves Los Mescalitos, and started playing gigs.

Los Mescalitos continues to play and record, tracing its roots back to 1979.


  • Toby Stuart - Vocals, Guitar
  • Phil Catley - Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Banjo, Fiddle.
  • Barrie Paraskeva - Bass
  • George Sretan - Drums

Former Members

  • Bruce Dick (Bruce Harley) - Vocals, Guitar
  • Immy Lidgett - Keyboard
  • Marcus Trimboli - Drums

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