Rushcutter ready to rock on at Iron Bar
FOR Melbourne-based rock band Rushcutter, making music isn’t about following trends but creating sound that is meant to stand the test of time.
“It’s all the music we like to listen to and trends come and go,” lead singer Robbie Reyne said. “If you follow trends you may be really hip and happy then, but you’re not in it for the long. We want to keep making music for a long time.”
The four-piece band, which has made its mark all over Australia as well as the States performing in cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Nashville, kicked off five nights of live performances at Iron Bar last night, which start at 9pm every night until Sunday.
“We play five nights in a row, four sets a night,” Reyne said.
“I’m not very good at math, but that’s 20 hours of music, so I hope the people of Port Douglas will put up with us.”
Music enthusiasts longing for original music will get the chance to hear songs from Rushcutter’s recently-released EP Call High Water, as well as past favourites and upcoming releases.
Composed of singer Robbie Reyne, guitarist Vincent Daniele, drummer Brett Wolfedson and bassist Mike O’Dowd, the band carries a sound rooted in old school rock n’ roll, country, folk and more, creating its own modern sound to satisfy music lovers of all generations.
“We’re just a good Australian rock n’ roll party band,” Reyne said.
This is the band’s first trip to Port Douglas and the furthest they’ve ever toured north in Australia.
Reyne says the tour couldn’t take place at a better time.
“We’re down in Melbourne writing and recording,” he said. “It’s pretty cold here down in Melbourne. I’m on the phone right now in gloves and a beanie.”
Reyne has visited Port Douglas for some rest and relaxation in the past. Like most visitors to the small town, he had a few good experiences at Iron Bar and is keen to return.
“I went there for lunch and I also got a bit tipsy there later in the evening,” he said. “I don’t know if we’ll be playing during the cane toads but I hope they’re still doing that.
“Last time I was there, there was a really good band playing and I thought ‘God I hope I can play there next year’ and a year later here we are.”
Quick with the rhyming, Reyne has a message for people staying in Port Douglas this week considering catching Rushcutter at the Iron Bar:
“If they like rock n’ roll as it used to be and they like a good time, then they should head down to the Iron Bar to see Rushcutter in its prime,” he said.
The bar will play 9pm every night until Sunday, August 8. Learn more about the band at www.rushcutter.net.
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