Wasabi musters passion to SLAM covers
S A covers band, Wasabi understands the importance of owning the songs they perform. The popular, high-energy quartet has a strong presence on the local live music circuit.
Guitarist Adam Hartley says Wasabi stays true to songs’ original formats but also make them their own.
‘‘We put on a show as if it’s our own song, but we don’t ever pretend we wrote it,’’ he says.
‘‘We play a song with all the passion we can muster – it’s tight and enthusiastic. Our live show is always evolving, and having a female rock chick singer gives us a point of difference.’’ Hartley says covers bands celebrate great music. ‘‘Live music is a unique kind of entertainment. It’s not a DJ experience – it has its own energy,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s about engaging the audience and making them a part of the energy.’’
Wasabi plays a special show this weekend as part of Save Live Australia’s Music (SLAM) Day. United by a love of live music, SLAM Day organisers lead the charge in a national campaign to support live and local music.
‘‘It’s a pretty important day. Supporting live music is a big thing for us,’’ Hartley says.
Wasabi plays Surfers Paradise Tavern on Saturday. Visit slamrally.org for details.
Wasabi are one of several local bands playing SLAM Day gigs.