IT’S IN XAVIER’S NATURE
Aussie indie-folk heavyweight Xavier Rudd is back painting pictures through his music as he tours his latest album with a new band in tow
Xavier Rudd has a way of painting a picture through his music that transports you to a vivid Australiana scene. Ahead of his Gold Coast show at NightQuarter next week, Xavier explains a lyric in his new song Storm Boy off his latest album of the same name.
“Kookaburra calls like he knows, I call right back, I know I’m home. He’s been with me, watched me grow, through the rainy days and rocky roads,” Xavier says.
“I remember when I was writing Storm Boy, I was sitting by the river and a kookaburra was calling.
“I remember any times in my life when I was pondering stuff, good or bad, the kookaburra was always there, like a reassuring voice.
“I always loved coming home and hearing a kookaburra call.”
Such a descriptive snapshot captures the essence of Xavier’s music – gentle, sincere and conscious of the natural world.
His indie-folk songs are socially progressive, taking inspiration from environmentalism, indigenous Australia and spirituality.
Xavier says this album, much like his other albums, is a reflection of this stage of his life.
“They’re all chapters on my journey,” he says.
“Life’s always changing and evolving, and the music reflects that stuff as you go.
“I’ve been through a lot of different changes within myself. I’ve moved from one area to another, I was married a couple of years ago, I got my back rebuilt, so I was physically deteriorating in the past.
“This time I was physically getting stronger and clearer about myself, learning about myself.
“Storm Boy itself is one (song) that reminds me of my childhood. Like a splash of my childhood, up until now.”
Those heading along to the show next Friday can expect a lively show with Xavier backed up by a talented band, as well as stripped back solo moments.
“I reckon it’s the best live show I’ve ever had, personally,” Xavier says.
“I love the band I’m playing with, it’s a brand new band, but I’ve got my solo moments in there too.
“I’ve got my solo percussion rig that I used to use back in the day, I’m touching on a bit of my past there, a bit of everything.
“I’m proud of this show. I think it’s a good one.”
With his Storm Boy tour kicking off yesterday, Xavier says he’s ready to show Australia his new music and serve up some positive vibes.
“I get excited, I don’t get nervous (about touring),” Xavier says.
“I just make sure I’m in great shape in every way.
“I really respect the fact that people are coming to my show, and I want to make sure they get 100 per cent of what I can give.” Xavier Rudd plays NightQuarter on August 10. Tickets are $68.10 from oztix.com.au
Popular muso Xavier Rudd will be backed by a talented new band when he plays at NightQuarter next Friday.