Destrends rally for Camp Quality
Former locals Matt and Nathan Savage are coming back to perform in Deniliquin with their band Destrends later this month.
The talented brothers — who make up the band along with Billy Watts on guitar — have planned the show in support of their father Shane and great uncle Lindsay Savage, who will again take part in the Camp Quality esCarpade later this year as Team ‘Benza’.
The esCarpade will cover the back roads of central and northern NSW — from Bathurst to Goulburn via Lightning Ridge — for one week, starting October 20, and raises money for Camp Quality.
As a way to kickstart the fundraising for Team ‘Benza’, Destrends will perform at the Edward River Hotel on Saturday, July 28.
‘‘The esCarpade has a 26 year history and has raised $18 million to date, and this will be dad’s 12th year on the rally, so it’s a charity that’s quite close to our family,’’ Matt said.
‘‘We really wanted to get behind the cause and support the local cars who will be completing the rally.
‘‘We thought it would be a great opportunity to do a hometown show and to give everyone a taste of what we’ve been up to.
‘‘It’s been a while since we’ve been home, so we’re looking forward to a great night catching up with everyone.
‘‘We put on a fundraiser show in Melbourne a few months ago and it was a great success, so we’re hoping to replicate that.’’
This month’s performance won’t be the band’s first in Deniliquin, having headlined the Soul Flats Festival at the Deniliquin Ute Muster site in 2016.
Matt is lead vocalist and bassist and Nathan is on drums, and their ‘‘post punk’’ band has been been gaining quite a following.
‘‘Over the last few years we’ve toured with the likes of Hoodoo Gurus and Spiderbait, and we’ve toured the country with the Horror Movie Campout Festival,’’ Matt said.
‘‘Our ‘Lousy Lover’ EP was released last year and received critical acclaim in both The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald and has received radio play both nationally and internationally.
‘‘We’re now working on our debut album.’’
The Destrends’ Edward River Hotel performance will be held from 8pm on July 28 and the $10 cover charge will be donated to Camp Quality.
Camp Quality provides innovative programs and services to develop life skills and strengthen the wellbeing of children aged up to 13 growing up with cancer, and their families.
Shane and Lindsay will be driving a 1974 Mercedes in the esCarpade rally alongside fellow team members Chris Butcher and Tony Boget.
Team ‘Benza’ is part of the larger Team Deni, which also includes the Ladybirds team car.
Destrends band members (from left) Nathan and Matt Savage and Billy Watts.