Well Red in all things retro

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Sara Fitz­patrick

PERTH song­bird Harry Deluxe first took to the stage in her par­ents’ band when she was seven.

Em­brac­ing some­thing of a bo­hemian ex­is­tence, the fam­ily trav­elled to folk fes­ti­vals around Aus­tralia ev­ery year, per­form­ing to­gether, with Mum on vo­cals and Dad on bass guitar.

And while she toyed with be­com­ing an ar­chi­tect or vet for a pe­riod in her youth, it seemed a mu­si­cal ca­reer was des­tined from the out­set.

“I’m a retro bunny; I love all sorts of old styles of mu­sic, in­clud­ing blues, jazz, soul and rock­a­billy, and have been brought up that way,” Deluxe said.

Her ver­sa­tile taste doesn’t stop with sound, it ex­tends to cloth­ing, ar­chi­tec­ture and fur­ni­ture. As long as it is old and in­trigu­ing, Deluxe is cap­ti­vated.

“My part­ner and I are shed­ding our eclec­tic vintage col­lec­tion of good­ies,” the sassy per­former said. “We re­cently moved from a beau­ti­ful art deco house in Mt Law­ley to a pretty lit­tle lime­stone 1880s cot­tage in Fre­man­tle, so we had to se­ri­ously down­size.

“Some­times you can’t let go of cer­tain things and other times you say, ‘that needs to go to some­one else who will love it just as much’.”

Deluxe, per­form­ing orig­i­nal tunes as Mama Red and the Dark Blues, hits the stage this week at Malt Supper Club’s new mu­sic event, The Play­room.

A welcome ad­di­tion to the Perth mu­sic scene, it presents lo­cal acts in an in­ti­mate set­ting ev­ery Thurs­day night.

“It’s not a huge space, so it’s re­ally nice to have an area that feels full and where you are play­ing close to the au­di­ence; you can see and in­ter­act with peo­ple,” Deluxe said.

“There’s noth­ing worse than al­ways play­ing on a mas­sive stage where ev­ery­one is so far away that you don’t know whether they are en­joy­ing it or not.

“Peo­ple can come up and talk to me and have a good time and feel like they are in their own pri­vate party with a live band.

“And as Malt isn’t nec­es­sar­ily known for retro-style bands, those who aren’t nec­es­sar­ily into that genre can come and en­joy it re­gard­less.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d441187

Harry Deluxe, from Mama Red and The Dark Blues.

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