Rush­cut­ter ready to rock on at Iron Bar

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT - BOBBI LEE HITCHON

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.rush­cut­

Rock­ing Port: Mel­bourne rock­ers Rush­cut­ter

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