Gypsy-ska band Caravana Sun will bring their upbeat and soulful new album, ‘AYA’, to fans during their current Australian tour.
The band's bassist, Ant Beard, says the Cronulla group are looking forward to touring.
“It's a bit beyond music for all of us,” he says. “It's absolutely amazing to see when you give something; when you really give a lot, you really get a lot back and it's been an amazing experience for the four of us.”
Having only picked up the bass guitar in 2009 during the band's inception, Beard says he’s still discovering his own sound.
“It's been a real journey for me with playing and trying to discover my own style in this sort of music and get my head around not only the bass as a guitar, but as a sense.”
The combined lifestyle of playing shows and exploring the local surroundings while off stage contributes to the sound and personality of the band.
“Because we're travelling along the east coast we do a lot of surfing and try to get among anything that's happening in the town; it’s good to try and inject ourself into the community. Without that experience we would truly be missing something in the gig so it's definitely a huge part of our music.”
After recently touring Europe, Caravana Sun are ready to tackle another Australian tour.
“We played in maybe six or seven different countries, travelled by train and had to be constantly learning new languages. It was great to have an audience that might not have necessarily spoken English but still understood the undertones of what we're trying to get across. We want to be able to do what we love live and take it around Australia and the world.”
With their carribbean vibe and light, punchy rhythm, Caravana Sun like to engage with their audience by dancing.
“Usually it's a lot of dancing; a lot of crazy smiles and laughing and jumping up and down and we really try to incorporate that side to our music. Just the whole experience of really trying to move people from the inside out and the effect we’ve had on people is a really humbling experience.”
Caravana Sun play the Beach Hotel, Byron, Sept 29, Caloundra Music Festival Oct 5, The Joynt Oct 10 and Solbar, Maroochydore, Oct 11.