THEY may live miles apart but Kacey Patrick and Aaron Hopper’s enduring musical chemistry keeps them as close as ever. Local singer Patrick and Hopper (pictured), a guitarist now based just outside Sydney, will come together on stage this weekend for the first time in 18 months. The duo will perform songs as Stringmansassy on Sunday for the second-last Live at Bond show of the year. Patrick says the set will revisit old songs and explore some new tunes. ‘‘The flavour of the new material is more electronic – it’s a bigger sound but at the same time it’s more sparse,’’ she says. ‘‘In a self-centred way, we create music we enjoy playing, be it jazz, folk, funk or electronica.’’ The duo first formed in 1996 and Patrick says stepping back on stage with Hopper this weekend will feel like ‘‘returning to a comfy couch’’. ‘‘Because we spent such a long time together he’s the nearest thing to a brother I have,’’ she says. ‘‘The live show will be fairly intimate in one respect. But it’s also engaging. We like to take people on an emotional journey.’’ Patrick and Hopper create an energetic atmosphere as a duo. ‘‘I treat the voice like an instrument as well – I love to experiment with the colours of my voice,’’ she says. ‘‘Aaron is a sublimely beautiful guitarist. We adapt what we do to suit the energy of a crowd.’’
– ROSE SADLEIR Stringmansassy and Owen Van Larkins play Live at Bond, at Bond University’s ADCO Amphitheatre, on Sunday at 3pm.