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
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’.”
Busby Marou’s Tom and Jeremy play the Soundlounge.