ANTARES SHIN­ING

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

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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.

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