Note per­fect trib­ute to Beach Boys bril­liance

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Sara Fitz­patrick

WHEN Fran King and his fel­low croon­ers sing the hits of The Beach Boys live, they see gen­uine beam­ing smiles on peo­ple’s faces.

“The mu­sic en­dears be­cause it is such a good cat­a­logue of work and most of it is about happy times,” King said.

“These songs are al­ways go­ing to res­onate with you and you’re al­ways able to hum along to a Beach Boys song.”

Hail­ing from Dublin, Ire­land, King is part of The Boot­leg Beach Boys col­lec­tive, bring­ing a pas­sion for har­mon­is­ing and a dis­tinct Cal­i­for­nian sound to Aus­tralia.

“As mu­si­cians, all five of us have that love of The Beach Boys in com­mon and we joked about the idea of do­ing a project on them,” he said.

“It was a run­ning gag un­til we said: ‘We should sit around and sing har­monies and see where it goes’, and that’s what we did.

“About a year-and-a-half ago, we sat around my kitchen ta­ble and sang the har­monies and we just kind of looked at each other and said: ‘We have to do this’.

“We had a mo­ment – and we’ve been hav­ing a mo­ment ever since.”

King said it had been an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence both learn­ing and play­ing the clas­sic hits and bring­ing them to life around the world.

The big­gest chal­lenge had been rest­ing their voices be­tween shows as the com­po­si­tions posed quite a chal­lenge.

“There’s no sub­sti­tute for rest and sleep and we re­ally have to make sure we look af­ter our­selves,” King said.

The jovial mu­si­cian heard the leg­endary group for the first time when he was about six.

The song was Cal­i­for­nia Girls and the melody has re­mained in his head ever since.

■ Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group has 10 dou­ble passes to give away to The Boot­leg Beach Boys at As­tor Theatre. En­ter at www.com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au by 10am, Fri­day, June 23.

The Boot­leg Beach Boys.

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