Song trib­ute af­ter loss of mate

Broome Advertiser - - Happenings - Carly Laden

Syd­ney surf rock­ers Car­a­vana Sun are back in Broome by pop­u­lar de­mand fresh off the back of a three-week long Euro­pean tour, a new sin­gle and a new EP.

The band will be per­form­ing at Divers Tav­ern on Septem­ber 21, launch­ing their new sin­gle Come Back taken off the Sil­ver Lin­ings EP, which was re­leased on Septem­ber 14.

Bassist and vo­cal­ist Ant Beard said Come Back was writ­ten by the band af­ter a per­sonal tragedy.

“The song was writ­ten about a friend of ours, who’s also a fel­low mu­si­cian, that was surf­ing in the reefs of In­done­sia and he trag­i­cally passed away,” he said.

“We all stud­ied with him at univer­sity, so (the song) was kind of an homage to him and it also rep­re­sents the whole con­cept of los­ing some­one close to you and just hav­ing that cry want­ing them to come back.

“It is a per­sonal one for us but it has been nice to have other peo­ple re­late to the idea be­hind the song.”

Beard said the Sil­ver Lin­ings EP was cre­ated over five months and was a di­rect rep­re­sen­ta­tion of where the band was now and where it was head­ing.

“A lot of the songs were writ­ten apart — all of us live apart,” he said. “A lot of the ideas were voice memos that were passed be­tween each other and they kind of gained a life of their own.

“The un­der­cur­rents of the record are love, life and death in a broad sense in terms of genre.”

The new na­tional tour launch­ing the EP and new sin­gle comes off the back of a 21-day tour through Europe, which Beard said was “in­cred­i­ble”.

“For tour­ing and play­ing mu­sic, Europe is re­ally unique in that sense,” he said.

“The lengths peo­ple go to to en­joy mu­sic is un­be­liev­able, so for us play­ing mu­sic there, it’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence for us.

“Most of our great ex­pe­ri­ences in Europe come from how much peo­ple en­joy our gigs in Aus­tralia in­clud­ing the Kim­ber­ley re­gion.

“We are su­per grate­ful to come to Broome be­cause we al­ways feel so wel­come and it’s usu­ally a place we like to take some time off dur­ing our tours.”

Be­fore ven­tur­ing to Broome, Car­a­vana Sun per­formed in Mar­garet River and Den­mark, where Beard said the band al­ways felt wel­come as well.

“Be­tween Den­mark, Mar­garet River and Broome, it’s al­most like a sea­sonal route,” he said.

Car­a­vana Sun will per­form at Divers Tav­ern on Fri­day.

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