Merry Men mix it up

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FUNK, soul, hip-hop, rock and Latin are some of the sounds ‘‘party band’’ His Merry Men (pic­tured) will cre­ate at Bond Univer­sity’s sec­ond Live at Bond event this week­end. Me­gan Cro­combe fronts the 10-piece big band and says His Merry Men are likened to The Cat Em­pire and The Bam­boos. ‘‘We are mov­ing into a rock sound lately with a lot of gui­tar-driven stuff,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s just a bit of a party. We try to keep it fun. You have got a lot of per­son­al­ity on stage so there is al­ways some­thing ex­cit­ing to work off.’’ The Bris­bane-based band have been mak­ing mu­sic to­gether since 2009. Cro­combe says as well as mak­ing groovy tunes, His Merry Men love to put on a good show. ‘‘It’s usu­ally dif­fi­cult to cram 10 of us on stage. It can get hec­tic but it’s re­ally fun,’’ she says. ‘‘You get some­thing re­ally dif­fer­ent and out of the or­di­nary. We have a bit of a dance – there are a lot of co-or­di­nated dance moves the (four-piece) horn sec­tion does.’’ With all 10 mem­bers con­tribut­ing to the band’s de­but 2012 al­bum Kind of Loud, its no won­der the end prod­uct is such a mish­mash of gen­res. ‘‘There’s so much va­ri­ety – from hard out funk, soul, surf rock or hip-hop flavours. There’s a bit of a Latin tune in there,’’ Cro­combe says. She says His Merry Men did find it chal­leng­ing to cap­ture the band’s live en­ergy on a record. ‘‘We ended up record­ing a lot of rhythm stuff to­gether in a room,’’ she says. ‘‘That helped to keep the party vibes high.’’ His Merry Men will per­form a spe­cial Queens­land Pop Cul­ture Week themed show at Bond, lead­ing into the fi­nal night of the Gold Coast Film Fes­ti­val. ‘‘We are go­ing to ven­ture into the cos­tume ter­ri­tory – maybe Star Wars or Se­in­feld, we aren’t sure yet,’’ Cro­combe says. Claire Cot­tone, The Palmy Cafe: Blends reg­gae, funk and soul­ful vo­cals for Cock­tail Chill. Show at 6.30pm. The Wild Com­forts, The Loft: Melbourne band The Wild Com­forts play live with The Fold­ing Kind, So­nia Serin and Karl S. Wil­liams. Show at 8pm. Tick­ets $10. DJ Turhan, Love Nightlife: DJ Turhan pro­vides the tunes for the fi­nal heat of the Aus­tralian Swimwear Model of the Year search. Ma­son Rack Band, Southport Sharks: Rock­ing live tunes from lo­cal act Ma­son Rack Band. Show at 8.30pm. Free en­try. Smooth & Groove, Cur­rumbin RSL: Cover tunes from a va­ri­ety of eras and gen­res. Show at 7pm. Free en­try.

– ROSE SADLEIR

His Merry Men and Saint Stephen’s Col­lege Funk Band play Live at Bond, at Bond Univer­sity’s ADCO Am­phithe­atre, on Sun­day from 3pm-5.15pm.

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