Destrends rally for Camp Qual­ity

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE - By ZOE MCMAUGH

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.

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