It’ll be loud at Nev­er­land and they don’t give a rat’s

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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.

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