Fu­sion band ready to im­press

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

“Folk punk surfedelia” band Ill Starred Cap­tain will hit the stage at Port Hed­land’s Walk­a­bout Ho­tel and the Capricorn Bar and Grill in New­man this week­end.

Justin Fran­cis and Scott Bassham make up the in­die duo who hail from Port Lin­coln South Aus­tralia.

Fran­cis, the band’s drum­mer, said their sound was a fu­sion of all their favourite gen­res of mu­sic.

“We love our rock and roll mu­sic, our folk, our punk, our psy­che­delic mu­sic, surf mu­sic, blues, jazz — so we try grab all bits of in­spi­ra­tion from those styles then throw that into our own,” he said.

“(We’ve) come up of our style of mu­sic ... folk/punk/surfedelia.”

They have toured WA ex­ten­sively in their 16-year his­tory and the Pil­bara in the past nine years.

Fran­cis said the band started ven­tur­ing to WA af­ter find­ing the abun­dance of pokie ma­chines was damp­en­ing the at­mos­phere in mu­sic venues in their home State.

“We ba­si­cally found this whole new au­di­ence and we kept com­ing back,” he said.

“As we worked up the coast over a few years we sud­denly re­alised there was a min­ing boom in the Pil­bara. We met bands and peo­ple go­ing ‘come on up’... we’ve made friend­ships and (there’s) just a re­ally good work ethic among venues.”

Ill Starred Cap­tain will play a free gig at the Dampier Mer­maid this Fri­day, Septem­ber 30.

For more in­for­ma­tion head to ill­starred­cap­tain.com.

Picture: Bel Stan­ley Pho­tog­ra­phy Justin Fran­cis (back) and Scott Bassham (front) are Ill Starred Cap­tain.

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