Many gigs

Dal­las Royal to go on na­tional tour

Augusta Margaret River Times - - FRONT PAGE - Therese Col­man

Duns­bor­ough-based rock­ers Dal­las Royal are gear­ing up for a string of shows across the coun­try be­tween now and the end of Novem­ber.

The band will play an acous­tic, un­plugged set at Set­tlers Tav­ern in Mar­garet River on Sun­day be­fore head­ing to Perth, Ade­laide, Mel­bourne and Syd­ney for Ok­to­ber­fest.

Vo­cal­ist Mitch Baker said the band were look­ing for­ward to the tour and were in for a busy few months after a quiet year.

“It’s a mas­sive run of shows fol­low­ing a na­tional fes­ti­val with head­line gigs in Perth, Ade­laide, Mel­bourne and Syd­ney — Ade­laide and Perth are on the same day,” he said.

“(This year) has been a pretty quiet year for us as a band.

“We’ve been do­ing this to­gether for nearly 10 years and some of us have not re­ally been able to stop and smell the roses too much.

“So although we are still re­hears­ing reg­u­larly, there’s been some trav­el­ling for us, a bit of re­struc­tur­ing and even a cou­ple of ba­bies to throw in the mix.”

Baker said sup­port­ing Cog on the WA leg of their tour this year was “a pretty solid high­light for us”.

“Be­ing long-term fans of their mu­sic, and be­ing able to watch how they work and play to­gether after mul­ti­ple decades is pretty in­spir­ing to watch,” he said.

Dal­las Royal reg­u­larly pack their lo­cal, The Duns­bor­ough Tav­ern, and their gig there on Septem­ber 15 saw 350 pun­ters gather to hear their mu­sic.

While re­main­ing tightlipped about a new al­bum in the works, Baker hinted new Dal­las Royal mu­sic would be on the cards in the new year.

“After the tour we are look­ing for­ward to lock­ing down and writ­ing a bunch of new tunes,” he said. “We don’t know how long that could take but we are def­i­nitely look­ing for­ward to writ­ing some more tunes for 2019.”

Duns­bor­ough rock­ers Dal­las Royal are pre­par­ing to hit the road for a na­tional tour.

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