Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:19

Busby Marou: Get You Outta Here

After two years spent travelling the globe, Busby Marou return with a sophomore album that promises gifted storytelling, soaring harmonies and a little bit of Nashville charm. 

“The process for our second album, ‘Farewell Fitzroy’, has been so different to our first,” reflects Jeremy Marou. “For our first album we obviously had a lifetime to perfect the songs and get them exactly how we wanted. We got signed off our first album, so the next is… ‘Ok, we’ve signed you, now go and do a better one’.

Rockhampton boy Marou and his best mate Tom Busby make up the duo, whose debut self-titled album fell just shy of gold sales and was nominated for APRA, Deadly, NIMA and Queensland Music Awards.

“That puts a little pressure on writing a good second album that the label is going to like and push. We never had a problem writing good songs, that’s always been an easy process, so it was just about making sure that it was better than the last album and that people like it, because if people don’t like it we have to go back to our day jobs!”

Although the album’s title is taken from the Fitzroy River, which runs through their hometown, the boys travelled halfway across the world to record with US producer Brad Jones in his Nashville studio, ‘Alex The Great Recording’.

“At first when we were going to Nashville, I thought it was a bit of a cliché thing. Just so Tom and I could wear our tight, black jeans and be like the rest of the muso nerd world. But I guess I found out that there is more to Nashville then the cliché! The studios there are a thousand times better than anything in Australia, and the Yanks really know how to record live, so our album has such a lovely, live sound to it compared to our first album which was all tracked individually.”

‘Farewell Fitzroy’ tells stories of our land, from suburban love songs to memories of the Kimberley, carefully combining acoustic-tinged folk rock and compelling craftsmanship.

“A lot of the songs are about travelling and places we’ve been and people and relationships. Tom doesn’t always tell me what the songs are about, he does the writing and I do the music. But I do know that the first single, ‘Get You Out Of Here’, is about being away from people we love, and travelling.”

After two solid years spent touring the globe with some of the world’s biggest artists like Dolly Parton and Tim McGraw, Tom and Jeremy were determined to capture new songs with a full band sound. So tour buddies Damon ‘DJ’ Syme, Vincenzo Russo and Vaughan Jones joined the boys in Tennessee, where the friends spent a month literally sleeping in the studio.

“We made a decision that it was going to be a live album, which Tom and I could never do acoustically, even if we wanted to. Instead of using session musos, we fought for our band to go to Nashville with us. We’re very loyal to our band. I wouldn’t even call them our band. They’re our mates.”

The October release of ‘Farewell Fitzroy’ will be accompanied by a national tour.

“In our live show we will strip it back. We will do a section where it’s just Tom and I playing three or four songs acoustically, but the majority of the show will be the full band playing the songs how they are on the album.”

Regardless of success, the boys love nothing more than returning to Rocky to play for the hometown crowd.

“You know, your family and friends and the people who have supported you since day one are there. We’ve played some amazing gigs, but playing back home in Brisbane and central Queesnland is just it. It’s just it for us. I’m still based here in Rocky, I’ve got a family and three kids, so I will stay here for as long as possible.

"A lot of music industry people said to me that you’re never going to make it if you stay here and I’m pretty sure we’ve proved them wrong. We’re an example to younger kids who are in bands in small regional towns. The way the music industry is these days, you can make it from anywhere.”

‘Farewell Fitzroy’ is out now. Busby Marou play The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, October 24 and The Hi-Fi October 25.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 18:03

Busby Marou CDs

Mandolins, ukulele and whistles – stories of travels across the globe, and the pull of home.

Like catching up with old friends you’ve been hanging out to hear from, ‘Farewell Fitzroy’ is Busby Marou’s welcome return, the highly anticipated second album from the Queensland duo.

Two years on from their acclaimed self-titled debut, ‘Farewell Fitzroy’ is 12 tracks of folk-pop and country-tinged song craft, distinctly Australian storytelling, and the gifted musicianship of Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou.

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Thursday, 05 September 2013 11:21

Bigsound Live Tickets

Just when you were packing your bags, checking your makeup and cleansing your liver ready for Bigsound next week (September 11-12), Australia’s biggest industry gathering has doubled down on musical treats, announcing live performances from seminal musicians Billy Bragg, Robert Forster and Regurgitator.

With Bragg and Regurgitator already speaking at the event, these music royals now also join the Bigsound festival program which includes a host of the hottest bands from Australia and beyond, including: Megan Washington, Busby Marou, Calling All Cars, Mama Kin, Stonefield, The Trouble With Templeton, Adalita and many more.

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Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:25

Finalists Announced For QMAs

The finalists are in for this year’s Queensland Music Awards.

Busby Marou, Kate Miller-Heidke, DZ Deathrays, Kingfisha, Dubmarine, Rainman, The Medics, Impossible Odds, Seven, Texas Tea, Pigeon and Cub Scouts lead the way, with nearly 50 judges across the state selecting the finalists.

Album of the Year honours will be contested between Ben Salter (‘The Cat’), DZ Deathrays (‘Bloodstreams’), Kellie Lloyd (‘Magnetic North’) and The Grates (‘Secret Rituals’).

Winners across 20 categories will be announced at The Old Museum on August 14, with live performances from Ed Kuepper, Ball Park Music, The Art of Sleeping, Gentle Ben and His Sensitive Side, Rainman and Velociraptor.

For a full list of nominations, click here.
Published in Events Music
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 13:22

Woodford Folk Festival Review

Woodfordia Dec. 27-31, Jan 1

Stepping through Woodford’s golden gates, after a quick once-over from one of two security guards on duty, I am immediately transported to another world. A world where stilt walkers freely roam, chai and body odour waft through the air and hemp products are readily available on every corner. Melbourne band Husky kicks off musical proceedings on Wednesday afternoon at The Grande, where the seated audience is treated to superb renditions of ‘Hunter’ and ‘Fake Moustache’. Fellow Melburnian Jordie Lane is a ramblin’ man of sorts, but he looks right at home on Woodford’s Bazaar stage; his set is just as dependent on magical musical interludes as it is on Lane’s sharp wit and unbridled banter.

Gotye makes a one-off Woodford appearance at the Amphitheatre. Wally De Backer is joined on stage by a nine-piece band with all the bells, whistles, horns, loops and male backing vocal you could ever hope for. The set includes ‘Eyes Wide Open’, ‘The Only Way’ and ‘I Feel Better’, along with a back-to-back heartbreak medley of ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ and ‘Heart’s A Mess’.

Making the first of three scheduled Woodford performances, Busby Marou takes to the AlterNATIVE stage for a late night set. The duo’s understated acoustics are beautifully complemented by full band backing, breathing new life into ‘Banjo’ and ‘Save Some For The Others’.
By: Jodie Grinsted

Woodford is more than a folk festival, it has become an internationally recognised icon of world music and arts, while at home it continues to be a vital incubator for Australian performing and visual arts – nurturing generations of musicians, carnies, dancers, poets, comedians, actors and philosophers for over 25 years. This year’s inclusion of the Dreaming Festival added a deeper cultural aspect with the addition of the Blak Dramatics Stage, where I’m fortunate to grab a seat for the one-man show Chasing the Lollyman.

Seeing life through the lens of a gay Murri man growing up in the dusty redneck town of Mareeba is a rare insight indeed. Actor and playwright Mark Sheppard kept the audience laughing and enthralled to the end, his character morphing through several personas, clever prop changes to win a standing ovation at the end. It’s then time to boogie; Japan’s Mount Mocha Kilaminjaro at the Amphitheatre are my musical highlight this year – their quality and stage-craft are up there with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. For a band with no vocalist, they have to pull out all the moves to keep the show electric, which they do with aplomb. Their tightness and super heavy sound create some morbidly obese grooves that smother the crowd in wave after wave of fat, funky goodness. Thanks Woodford!
By: Rudi Quinzalez

Simply walking around during the day presents myriad shows via the many open tent flaps as you’re occasionally accosted by a troop of greenhorned gremlins speaking gibberish, linking arms with and even trying to marry festival goers. Representing German indie, the dysfunctional sibling duo of Die Roten Punkte put on a flawless comedic music set. The brother and sister band argued, threw tantrums and debated whether or not their parents were eaten by lions as they sang about bananas and robots with surprisingly catchy tunes.

Kira Puru & The Bruise on the Thursday night sucked the audience in with their sensual rhythm and the sheer volume and power of Kira’s voice. The dancefloor held a collection of people moving as if mesmerised by the jazz atmosphere, culminating towards the end of the show when Sideshow Wonderland’s cast turned the heat up as the contortionist and swordwalker crawled all over each other on stage while a sword swallowing space cowboy led the cheer. What could have followed this other than a burlesque collection including Rita Fontaine, Lola the Vamp, Flavella L’Amour and a whole lot of feathers yet not much clothing!

Bringing things back to harsh reality and the Dreaming theme of this year’s festival, Noel Tovey’s Little Black Bastard saw one of Australia’s most distinguished theatre practitioners recount the horrors of growing up amid poverty, alcoholic parents, sexual abuse and living on the streets.
By: Nath Martyn

Published in Events Music
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 12:29

Busby Marou

Dreaming of Woodford

Clichéd it might sound, but Tom Busby’s living the dream. His and Jeremy Marou’s self-titled debut album has been released on Footstomp Records, Warner Music’s indie imprint, and the duo can barely keep up with a hectic live schedule.

It makes for a marked change from the start of the year. In January, Busby was like any other denizen of Brisbane – walking to work in a suit, sweating, and simply dreading his days. “Particularly Mondays,” he laughs. “After playing at a festival and then coming in to work and, you know, you don’t know what to do but you’ve just got to keep going and then, finally you know, it’s just…” he peters out.

Thankfully, the job is no more. The impracticalities of juggling the two occupations dawned upon Busby when he walked into his manager’s office and asked for three months off. “‘I’m going to need July off, maybe even August – actually all of August – September, oh shit and November,’” he regales with a chuckle. “And my boss has looked at me and gone, ‘Mate...’ I thought, ‘Yep okay, it’s time’. So I took my resignation in, took a photo of it, sent it to the boys and said, ‘Every day’s a Saturday!’ It was great.

“Since July, it’s just gone a bit crazy for us; we haven’t had time to just sit back and reflect and to work out what’s going on. I think we’re going to try and do that in Christmas for a week. Like, holy shit, what a crazy six months.”

Busby’s a natural storyteller, something that has lent an easy engagement to the music of Busby Marou. It helps that he shares an almost symbiotic partnership with partner-in-crime, Jeremy Marou, and together they’ve delivered an album that’s almost distinctively old fashioned. Not for them the right angles of modern indie rock. Instead, it’s sweetly sung, folk-inflected rock that hums like a gentle summer rain steaming off an iron roof.

“We’re both Rockhampton boys, born and raised,” Busby says. “It wasn’t until about six or seven years ago that I went home after finishing uni. I met Jeremy and I asked him to help out with the tunes that I’d been workin’ with and I suppose the chemistry was pretty instant. We ended up staying around and playing and in that last six or seven years Jeremy’s seen me more than his family. We’ve seen enough of each other, let’s put it that way!”

The duo have turned plenty of heads with their self-titled debut, but its arguably live where they’re at their best, whether it’s just the two of them or if they’re packing their three-piece backing band. They were one of the stand-outs at this year’s BIGSOUND conference in Fortitude Valley, although Busby remembers it slightly differently.

“It was really tough for us, BIGSOUND. We supported Birds of Tokyo at Bundaberg and Rockhampton the two nights before, so we literally drove into town and then drove straight up to BIGSOUND on no sleep. I think our performance that night was fine but this is where it gets tricky, because Jeremy and I on two guitars – that’s really our live show. Sometimes we feel like we have to have the band in there all the time, but really when you break it down to the bones – the guts of it really – that’s what we are, so not everyone got to see it all.

“Live is definitely our natural environment, particularly for Jeremy and I. It’s funny, the Busby Marou thing: it’s got so many different formats and Jeremy and I is what’s it’s all about in the end and we’ve been playing so many duo shows recently. It’s just a piece of cake for us because we’ve honed our little craft, and then when you bring your band in it’s just a little bit more effort making sure everyone is in time. You just start worrying about other people. But look: we love it. We love playing live even though we haven’t slept much lately,” he laughs.

Indeed, home time has been a little scarce in recent months, Busby Marou having just wrapped up another national tour. The band’s own shows were intertwined with some massive supports, including k.d. lang and Dolly Parton, and Busby’s looking forward to recharging his batteries before New Years.

“Mate, it’s just been out of control,” he says. “I know that once you’re on the road it’s busy but what’s happened is we had all these opportunities that we couldn’t knock back after we planned our own tour. There was another 12 shows in amongst our own national tour, so literally it’s waking up, flying to somewhere else, waking up, flying to somewhere else … The Brisbane show was the best one we’ve done in the last three months, or probably ever.”

On the itinerary for New Years is Peats Ridge, a vibrant southern multi-day event which tends to distract Sydneysiders from the more debauched forms of festive entertainment. But Busby Marou will also be playing at Woodford Folk Festival on the three consecutive days leading up to 2012, and the duo can’t wait to hit the stage.

“We have three gigs in about two days. It’s going to be a busy time. We’ll have the whole band. The boys are really excited about Woodford – the band in particular. I think we’ll just have the four-piece, take the keys out and that gives us a bit of leeway to have an acoustic full band set with a Cajon, a bit of a stomp box and some chimes. It’s like jamming, I play a bit of acoustic with the boys a nice bit of subtle back up.”

Making it extra special is Busby Marou’s inclusion in The Dreaming, Australia’s international indigenous festival, which will be showcased in a special precinct within the Woodford festival. This is the seventh iteration of The Dreaming, but only the first time it’s been included under the Woodford umbrella. The band make the cut due to Marou’s Torres Strait Islander background.
“Our first Dreaming festival is our favourite festival we’ve ever been to,” Busby explains.

“I never expected The Dreaming to be that good but there is just something about it; it’s just very special so hopefully it’s still got that about it. But festivals are great because it’s just that vibe. Almost like people have accidentally turned up there and don’t even know about you. And afterwards just getting in amongst it; I love the vibe of festivals.”

BUSBY MAROU PLAY THE WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL, WHICH TAKES OVER WOODFORDIA DEC 27 – JAN 1. WOODFORDFOLKFESTIVAL.COM

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 16:13

Busby Marou

Accidental Australiana    

Right now, things are going well for Busby Marou.


Fresh off a tour with The Cat Empire, and on the cusp of releasing their debut album, the duo from Rockhampton are finally able to quit their day jobs and focus on music full-time. The journey hasn't been without its issues though, explains Tom Busby.

“I'm a lawyer in the city and it's just been very hard juggling both jobs,” Tom says. “I finally resigned and then I got seriously ill. I went to the Cat Empire (show) and still played, (then) they raced me to the hospital at two in the morning. They thought I had tonsillitis and a chest infection. I couldn't breathe.”

Tom's mystery sickness cleared up, before coming back twice as hard.
“I was asleep for a week, recovering on antibiotics, and the day I got better I thought, 'Great, I'm going back to work' and all my joints swelled up! I couldn't move, I couldn't talk, I couldn't walk, I couldn't play guitar … then I was back in hospital. But it's all recovered now. It turned out to be some post-viral arthritis.”

With Tom's health back on track, the pair are now gearing up to tour their new album, an amalgamation of Tom and Jeremy Marou’s varying tastes.
”I love folk music and roots and a bit of alt. country and Jeremy's basically just very country, a bit of gospel, some blues,” Tom says.

“We're from two different sides of the coin and the difference at the start was quite a struggle, trying to get Jeremy to like my music and vice versa - I didn't want a bar of any of the CDs that he had. But we've learned to appreciate each other's styles and develop our own style.”

The fusion of styles has created a sound on the self-titled LP that is quintessentially - if accidentally - Australian.
“A lot of people keep saying that (it's very Australian]), but there was no real intention behind it,” Tom says. “A lot of the songs are about home and Rocky and beautiful places and the islands and our favourite local spots. I suppose all these years growing up around central Queensland and all these stories from back home have brought the Australian aspect into the album.”

 

Busby Marou play The Old Museum on July 1 and RECONciliation Beats at Musgrave Park July 9.

Published in Urban
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 15:26

Gold Coast

YO DAWG
Oceanics heard you like videos, so they put a video inside their video so you can video while you video. The GC band’s new video for ‘Jukebox’ is a video about making a video. Described by director Genki Yamasaki as “indie, arty and very British” (of course), the group will launch the clip at Elsewhere with Hey Geronimo this Friday July 6. We assume the show will be filmed for their next video.

KINGSWOOD COUNTRY
Melbourne rockers Kingswood have been announced as the winners of the Triple J Unearthed Splendour In The Grass competition. They’ll be flown up to our part of the world to play the festival (joining Unearthed Byron acts Splinta, Lifeline and Wilde Child on the bill), preceded by dates at The Beach Hotel on July 13 and Hard Rock Cafe on July 14.

DON’T START BELIEVIN
Busby Marou’s ‘I Still Don’t Belive’ tour is a celebration of the amazing year they’ve had since the release of their debut LP (a year that included an inexplicable appearance on Ten’s Late News, and other triumphs). Help them relive the memories of that one time they were interviewed by Brad McEwan at Currumbin RSL’s SoundLounge on Friday July 13 with The Hello Morning and Leader Cheetah.

MOLLY’S MELODRAMA
If your Facebook news feed has been assaulted with people asking where Molly is, it can only mean one of two things: 1) You’re friends with Madonna, or 2) Cedric Gervais is coming to town. The French-born, Miami-based house music god will leave the comfy confines of South Beach to play Platinum Nightclub on Saturday July 14 with Craig Roberts and DJ Flash.

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