Amped up for a rowdy ride

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Coast band Depths of Balsa don’t delve too deep into the se­ri­ous­ness of mu­sic. In­stead, the mu­si­cians like to fo­cus on a good time, let­ting the au­di­ence join the rowdy ride.

Known for en­er­getic live per­for­mances, front­man Mark Con­rad says mu­sic should go hand in hand with hav­ing a good time. ‘‘What­ever feels good we go with it,’’ he says.

‘‘You could play the per­fect set but if you are stand­ing still, it won’t look too crash hot.

‘‘What­ever hap­pens hap­pens. I play on a stage the same way I play in my garage.’’

Hav­ing re­cently am­pli­fied from a duo to a three-piece, Con­rad says he and drum­mer Jer­maine Nixon hope bas­sist Tommy Valen­tine can take the band in a new di­rec­tion. He says the new line-up will have prac­tised to­gether only once be­fore their de­but gig this week­end.

‘‘Tommy nailed (the songs). We want to try some­thing new and by hav­ing this dif­fer­ent dy­namic we want to en­ter an ex­per­i­men­tal stage,’’ Con­rad says.

‘‘ It will be an in­ter­est­ing jour­ney. I want to keep (our live show) as en­er­getic as pos­si­ble. I don’t want to ever have a struc­tured set.’’

With a rein­vig­o­rated sound, Con­rad says the band hopes to start record­ing an EP this month.

Depths of Balsa and Royal Blood play Nev­er­land Bar at Coolan­gatta on Satur­day.

Depths of Balsa is full of en­ergy.

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