Wasabi musters pas­sion to SLAM cov­ers

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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.

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