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Busby Marou - Hi-Fi Friday 18/11/2011

I arrived at The Hi-Fi shortly after The Winter People hit the stage. The queue was trailing out the door and up the hill along Wilson St. Residents stood on doorsteps and Hi-Fi staff leaned out of doors, remarking that they hadn't seen this for months. I had clearly underestimated the popularity of Busby Marou.

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The floor in front of the stage was still relatively empty as Sydney band The Winter People played, but the venue was rapidly filling up. The stage was full, with 6 band members, including 2 violinists. The band looked like they'd feel most comfortable relaxing by a bonfire under a mountain, and though the stage was full, they didn't overwhelm the audience with a sea of sound.

 

There were moments of peace, and moments of mild exertion. The music was subtle, relaxed folk-rock, and it was pleasant.

By the time Ben Salter hit the stage the crowd had mostly filled out, and it was increasingly difficult to hear the songs over the chatter. Salter has been at the heart of the Brisbane live music scene for over a decade, and this talented local musician's impressive vocal range, and delicately crafted ballads were largely overlooked by the growing multitude. Evidently struggling with the sound, the band of Brisbane locals performed a number of songs from his recently released debut solo album The Cat, the highlight being the haunting but earthy "West End Girls". Salter closed on a strikingly beautiful and tender cover of The Velvet Underground's "I'm Set Free".

Salter left the stage, and there was a sudden rush towards the front as fans prepared for Busby Marou. A short while later, the band emerged. Girls were screaming and the room was echoing with the sound of applause. This crowd, was energetic, talkative and very excited with a party-vibe more commonly seen at festivals. When the band played "Biding My Time" it was difficult to hear the harmonies above noise of the thousand-strong crowd singing along. The music is light with a warm sun-kissed quality, reminiscent of their home town of Rockhampton. The affection and respect between Tom and Jeremy is impossible to miss. The songs are well-crafted, the instruments well-played, and the harmonies flawless. If you're looking for music to soothe the soul, their brand of 'acoustic inspired pop' is difficult to beat.

As the band left the stage, the crowd waited expectantly for the encore. The sound of clapping erupted into cheers of delight as they returned with their much loved cover of the old Cindy Lauper classic "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun".

Busby Marou brought a rare touch of northern sun to the dark and cavernous Hi-Fi, and the Brisbane audience happily basked in its warmth.

Busby Marou continue their tour through Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia and Sydney.

 

November 25, 2011 East Brunswick Club Melbourne, VIC

November 26, 2011 Gorgeous Music Festival Mclaren Vale, SA

November 30, 2011 The Boulevard Tavern Joondalup, WA

December 1, 2011 Prince Of Wales Bunbury, WA

December 2, 2011 Norfolk Basement Fremantle, WA

December 3, 2011 Indi Bar Scarborough, WA

December 4, 2011 The Bird Northbridge, WA

December 9, 2011 The Gaelic Sydney, NSW

 

Danni L - AAA Backstage

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