GENRE HOP­PERS

When the ques­tion is what’s your mu­si­cal style, Rock­hamp­ton duo Busby Marou’s an­swer is all of the above, and that’s the beauty of their act

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - KANE YOUNG Busby Marou, Dar­ren Mid­dle­ton and Karl S. Wil­liams, Sound­louge, Cur­rumbin, to­mor­row night.

When they first got to­gether, Rock­hamp­ton duo Busby Marou singer Tom Busby and gui­tarist Jeremy Marou couldn’t de­cide if they were a coun­try, folk, roots or rock act.

So they be­came all of the above.

“I guess the beauty of our mu­sic is that it crosses a lot of gen­res,” says Marou.

“We’ve had heavy metal guys tell us they en­joy our mu­sic. We’ve toured with Dolly Par­ton, k.d. lang, Tim McGraw, Alan Jack­son, Birds of Tokyo, Pete Mur­ray, and now James Blunt. You look at all those gen­res and scratch your head and think ‘what one band could do all that?’ ”

The genre-bend­ing duo bring their My Sec­ond Mis­take tour to the Gold Coast to­mor­row night.

They’ll be play­ing tracks off their sec­ond al­bum,

Farewell Fitzroy, which de­buted at No.5 on the ARIA chart last Oc­to­ber.

“That was be­cause ev­ery­one in Rock­hamp­ton bought a copy,” laughs Marou of the band’s home­town fans.

The record fea­tures the an­themic first sin­gle Get You

Out Of Here, which was fol­lowed up by the el­e­gant

Luck, co-writ­ten with leg­endary Aus­tralian song­writer Don Walker (Cold Chisel).

Having es­tab­lished them­selves as one of Aus­tralia’s hard­est-work­ing live bands, Busby Marou first came to na­tional at­ten­tion in 2010 when they won a Deadly Award for Most Promis­ing New Tal­ent.

The award led to an in­vi­ta­tion to record the Crowded House clas­sic Bet­ter Be Home Soon for the He Will Have His Way Finn broth­ers trib­ute al­bum.

That cre­ated plenty of buzz for their 2011 self-ti­tled de­but al­bum, which fea­tured the APRA Award-win­ning sin­gle

Biding My Time.

While their de­but al­bum fea­tured songs about their families, friends and places around Rock­hamp­ton,

Farewell Fitzroy (named af­ter the Fitzroy River that runs through Rock­hamp­ton) is about the past two years they’ve spent trav­el­ling the globe, always be­ing drawn back home.

“We wanted to call our first al­bum Wel­come to Fitzroy

Shire, but our man­agers wouldn’t let us be­cause peo­ple would think we were from Mel­bourne,” says Marou.

“This time we stood our ground and said we wanted Fitzroy in the ti­tle, be­cause it’s the river that runs through our town.

“It’s not so much say­ing good­bye to Fitzroy or Rock­hamp­ton, it’s about say­ing ‘we’re from Rocky, we’re go­ing to take our songs to the world so it’s good­bye for now’.”

Pic­ture: TIM HUNTER

Busby Marou’s Tom and Jeremy play the Sound­lounge.

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