A Gumtree advertisement to form a band has paid dividends for this rock’n’roll group which, amazingly, also includes a direct link to INXS
Oh yeah, it’s a rock revival. Meet Grace Farriss, INXS keyboard player Andrew’s daughter – whose band Burn Antares’ star is on the rise.
The five-piece – made up of Grace on vocals, guitarist Daniel Murchison, keys player Sean Casey, drummer Thom Eagleton and bassist Tom Hoglund – was formed after Sean placed an ad on community classifieds site Gumtree.
“It’s like the equivalent of meeting your partner through a dating site,” says Daniel with a laugh. “Our music is a niche thing; we’re into ’60s/’70s rock ‘n’ roll, and to find people on the same wavelength as you is a bit harder.” Their sound is reminiscent of psychedelic troupes such as Jefferson Airplane and the more modern Tame Impala.
Still, they’re inspired by a broad range of bands, from The Beatles to the artists of Motown. That’s the obvious part; easily answered. How they came up with their name is a little more elusive.
“Can we veto that question?” Daniel asks with a grin. “We always get asked it and it never goes down that well. It’s a bit complicated, a bit cryptic.” OK, then. Moving on. Together for three years, Burn Antares released their EP Fur Coat & The Peace Boat in October along with a cover of the INXS ballad By My Side as an homage to Grace’s parents.
“With the hype (of the telemovie, Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS) it was a great time to (do) the song,” Grace says.
“My dad wrote it about my mum, so every time he sings it, it means a lot to him as well.”
Grace didn’t tell her band mates about her musical ties when they first came over to jam. In fact, it’s a surprise to her that she’s even interested in a music career.
“I saw what it did and (how hard it was to) have a loving family lifestyle when you’re in that industry,” she says.
“My dad pulled it off quite well, but I was so ‘no’ about it that I was completely headed in a different direction. I wanted to do gardening or something, and then I showed a couple of my friends all these songs that I’d been hiding and they were like, ‘Holy sh--, you need to do something with these!’”
The band meets several times a week to rehearse and play gigs, but their main aim is to quit the nine-to-fivers they hold down and play full-time.
“I go to work in my other job and it’s just OK,” says Sean.
“But we are sharing the same interests and doing something we love – and you’re working with your mates.” Burn Antares, Southport Sharks, January 16.
Burn Antares includes Grace Farriss, the daughter of INX keyboard player Andrew.