It’ll be loud at Neverland and they don’t give a rat’s
Rats will make history tonight when they become the last live band to get the party started and the dancefloor grooving at Neverland Bar. The Coolangatta nightspot’s marketing and events manager, Steve Penfold, says the venue is due for a three-month, major renovation. ‘‘We are making a new dancefloor. It will probably be the best in Australia,’’ Penfold says. ‘‘And we are doing a whole renovation of the club. It should take three months to do and be ready for summer.’’ Penfold says Neverland wants to cater for a party atmosphere, which means no more live bands. ‘‘Instead we are focusing on doing the club thing with a specific design – booths and VIP bottle service. we want to step it up in Cooly.’’ Dune Rats singer and guitarist Danny Beus says he and drummer BC Michaels will make Neverland’s last live show one to remember. ‘‘We will get everyone involved and have a set list that will get people moving,’’ he says. The Brisbane twopiece just released a new single, titled F--- It, but claim the song has more depth than the title lets on. ‘‘The song relates to when you are in a bad place and you don’t feel 100 per cent,’’ Beus says. ‘‘We are not a depressing band. We don’t care too much about what people think. And we don’t hold emotional weight about people that are useless.’’ With the new track coming in at two minutes exactly, Beus says the indie-rock duo is not out to recreate a new wave of music. ‘‘Dune Rats have spun from nothing. Our purpose is to build a fan base of people who like the same things that we do,’’ he says.
Dune Rats, Gung Ho, Pigs Porken and Little Mind play Neverland Bar tonight.