Ben­nies tour brings punk favourites north

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

Aussie punk favourites The Ben­nies are bring­ing their en­er­getic show to Kar­ratha next week.

The Ben­nies will take the stage at the Tam­brey on Thurs­day, July 28.

Bassist and vo­cal­ist Craig Se­lak said the band had never been to the Pil­bara be­fore and were “ab­so­lutely psyched” to play to the Kar­ratha crowd.

The Ben­nies are in the mid­dle of an ex­ten­sive Aus­tralian tour, which in­cludes many stops in re­gional towns across the coun­try.

Se­lak said the band loved tour­ing and see­ing as much of the coun­try as pos­si­ble.

“It’s the best — it’s what we love to do the most,” he said.

“We hate see­ing that Aus­tralian tour where (a band doesn’t) even go to Ade­laide or Tassie or what­ever . . . it’s re­ally im­por­tant that we get in front of as many peo­ple as we can.”

The Ben­nies found suc­cess in 2014 for their Knights For­ever tour, which fol­lowed the re­lease of their al­bum, Rain­bows in Space.

Their song, Party Ma­chine, made it to No. 88 in last year’s Triple J Hottest 100 and is the first sin­gle off their lat­est al­bum, Wis­dom Ma­chine, which was re­leased in March.

Renowned for their rau­cous, live shows, Se­lak said the band tried to bring as much en­ergy as pos­si­ble to their gigs.

“We try to (cre­ate) an en­vi­ron­ment where it’s fun and ex­cit­ing and peo­ple can feel in­cluded but not in dan­ger and that’s some­thing we work hard on stage and off stage to foster,” he said.

“We’re just four en­er­getic dudes, so when­ever we’re hang­ing out and we’re hav­ing a good time, it seems to spread some en­ergy around any­way, so that kind of flows into the show.”

Their Tam­brey gig is for over-18s only.

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Pic­ture: Rachael Bar­rett

The Ben­nies will play at the Tam­brey on July 28.

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