‘Snow­ball of fun’ at fes­ti­val

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

One of WA’s pre­miere live acts, the South­ern River Band, will be head­ing to Ex­mouth this month to head­line the 2017 Nin­ga­loo Whale Shark Fes­ti­val.

On Satur­day, May 27, Cadil­lac’s Bar and Grill will be a hub of danc­ing, tunes and fun as the band take to the stage.

Lead singer and gui­tarist Cal Kramer de­scribed the band as four red-hot young blokes from Thorn­lie try­ing to make a le­git­i­mate go at be­ing a con­stant party band.

“The best way to de­scribe it is a high-en­ergy, non-stop as­sault on all the senses,” he said.

The band had an un­likely for­ma­tion af­ter a stranger no­ticed Kramer and bass player An­ton Din­dar at their lo­cal pub.

“There was this guy stand­ing on the other side of the bar and he was look­ing at us,” Kramer said.

“On his left hand he had bear — B-E-A-R — in big steel knuckle dusters on across his left hand and he goes to us ‘I’m go­ing to book you a gig here’.

“Then the next day he calls us and goes ‘I’ve got you a gig here in three weeks’... and we thought ‘well, we bet­ter put a band to­gether then’.”

Kramer said the band’s suc­cess “snow­balled” from that gig.

“When you’re pre­sented with an op­por­tu­nity like that. . . you kinda grab it with both hands,” he said.

The band has since been mak­ing waves on the mu­sic scene and landed a nom­i­na­tion for Most Pop­u­lar Live Act at the WAM awards.

The band has taken their “party on the road” and toured the State ex­ten­sively.

Kramer said he en­joyed play­ing coun­try towns as re­gional au­di­ences “seem to ab­so­lutely adore live mu­sic”.

“In al­most ev­ery coun­try town you go to, the peo­ple that are go­ing to these places are go­ing to see the band,” he said. “As a mu­si­cian there is ab­so­lutely noth­ing bet­ter than that — when you want to play and peo­ple want to see you play. That’s what the coun­try town men­tal­ity (is) — I don’t know how it still is but it’s bloody fan­tas­tic that is still is.”

Sup­port­ing the band at Cadil­lac’s is the band Datura4, fronted by Aus­tralian mu­sic le­gend Dom Mar­i­ani.

Mar­i­ani praised the South­ern River Band front­man and said Kramer was a “rough di­a­mond” with a “star qual­ity about him”.

“I’ve seen a lot of bands and you play with a lot of bands as you’re do­ing gigs in Perth but I re­mem­ber see­ing (the South­ern River Band) for the first time,” he said. “We walked away go­ing ‘here’s my new favourite band’ — they’re great fun.”

Kramer said the show at Cadil­lac’s was go­ing to be a “rip­per night”.

“We just ab­so­lutely love play­ing our mu­sic and we just want ev­ery­one to have the ex­act same ex­pe­ri­ence and the ex­act same feeling that we have which is noth­ing but fun,” he said.

“It’s just a snow­ball of fun that just picks up ev­ery­one on the way down the hill.”

Tick­ets are on sale now from ninga­loowhale­shark­fes­ti­val.com.

Pic­ture: Alexan­der Miller

The South­ern River Band will head­line this year's Nin­ga­loo Whale Shark Fes­ti­val.

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