Spi­der­bait ready to ‘go nuts’

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

Aussie rock­ers Spi­der­bait are gear­ing up for a stel­lar show at Port Hed­land’s North West Fes­ti­val later this month.

Spi­der­bait drum­mer and vo­cal­ist Kram said the band could not wait to get up to the sunny North West.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to this fes­ti­val heaps — it’s go­ing to be re­ally cool,” he said.

“We’re just go­ing to get up there and go nuts like I al­ways do — I can’t imag­ine any­thing dif­fer­ent.”

Spi­der­bait are just off the back of a na­tional tour where they played their smash hit al­bum Ivy and the Big Ap­ples track by track.

Kram said the re­sponse to the tour was mas­sive, with each show sell­ing out.

“The whole thing was ac­tu­ally big­ger than the orig­i­nal Ivy tour was 20 years ago, which was a to­tal trip for us,” he said.

The re­lease of the 1996 al­bum cat­a­pulted the band to suc­cess, with track Buy Me a Pony reach­ing No.1 on the Triple J Hottest 100 and Ca­lypso be­ing fea­tured in teen movie 10 Things I Hate About You.

“To go back and lis­ten to the record again, we’re re­ally proud of it,” Kram said.

“You could see why it was a turn­ing point for us in chang­ing us from a pub band to es­sen­tially like a fes­ti­val re­ally big in­ter­na­tional suc­cess.”

“We just got so many peo­ple com­ing up to us about how the record was still very im­por­tant to them and when you do a piece of work and it turns out to be a good thing, it re­ally sort of hangs around.”

The sell-out Ivy tour only hit the coun­try’s cap­i­tal cities, so Kram said the band were keen to play re­gion­ally again.

“I think the line-up’s re­ally great, it should be a great show and it’s just so cool that there’s a fes­ti­val like that in the far North West,” he said.

“I think it’s bril­liant and long may it be so be­cause I do like play­ing fes­ti­vals and I think in re­gional ar­eas it’s great so I can’t wait to get on stage and party with ev­ery­one.”

Join­ing Spi­der­bait at North West Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, Au­gust 19 will be Boy and Bear, and Vera Blue. The Town of Port Hed­land an­nounced last week­end an­other line-up of mu­si­cians who will play at the Fes­ti­val Sun­downer at the Port Hed­land Yacht Club on Sun­day, Au­gust 20, in­clud­ing Eskimo Joe’s Kav Tem­per­ley, Tom Fisher, Miss Max and Ukulele Jay.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit porthed­land.wa.gov.au.

Kram (left) with band mates Janet English and Damien Whitty.

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