Date / Venue: Thursday May 29th, Backbeat, Auckland
After recently interviewing Thomas, the Busby half of Rockhampton, Australian duo Busby Marou, whereby Busby informed me that Jeremy never wear shoes, the first thing I immediately noticed as they took to the stage last night at Auckland's Backbeat for their first ever exclusive showcase in New Zealandwas the fact that Jeremy surprisingly was wearing shoes. Wednesday night saw Busby Marou open forJames Blunt where Jeremy wasn't wearing any shoes, so seeing shoes on his feet for this gig came some what as a surprise.
By the third song however, the shoes came off and the socks were revealed as Busby joked about how he'd noticed Jeremy had been wearing socks while in New Zealand, which must confirm how cold it is here, he laughed.
Socks or no socks however, Busby Marou were absolutely phenomenal. Joined by their two talented band members Damon Joel on percussion and Enzo Russo on bass, the entire bands excitement to be performing their own show here was in and of itself enough to ensure you enjoyed the night also, as it was impossible not to watch them and want to smile and have a little boogie.
Opening their set with the foot tapping and up beat ‘All Of You,' a single from their self-titled debut album, the tune proved a perfect choice to warm up the audience.
Increasing the energy levels, was the faster paced ‘Get You Out Of Here' which showcased the mind blowing guitar skills of Jeremy, the Marou half of the group. As he let rip into the most outstanding and mesmerising guitar riff, which left the entire audience in awe of what they had just witnessed.
Slowing it down once more, they then went on to perform an exceptional song from their debut album titled5 Rocks, which Busby went on to explain is a beautiful beach near their home town, although the song is about nothing in particular, he chuckled. With the most stunning guitar melody, Busby and Marou's calming smooth vocals merged together exquisitely determining this tune as a definite highlight, as it continued to gradually build momentum with yet another impressive burst of guitar riffs from Marou.
Their second single ‘Luck' from their newest album ‘Farewell Fitzroy' was written with Don Walker of Cold Chisel obtained the perfect happy, upbeat rhythm, which got the crowd up on the dance floor.
The intriguing and extraordinary ‘Waterlogged' adorned with ukulele, tambourine, a touch of interesting percussion and some very impressive whistling (which sounds so identical to a bird it will actually blow your mind and maybe even scare you at the same time) proved a highly popular favourite amongst the crowd as well as not to mention one of my personal favourites off the entire album.
The catchy melodies and rhythms of their very first release, ‘Biding My Time,' and first single off the new album ‘My Second Mistake' (two more personal favourites of mine) proved popular for the dancers, the swayers and the head nodders alike, evidently justifying it is far too impossible to stand completely still when listening to these guys.
Not only are Busby Marou talented at performing their own songs however, but after stunning versions ofChristine Anu's ‘My Island Home' and Cyndi Lauper's classic ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,' it became pretty obvious, if it wasn't already, that these guys can do no wrong.
With everyone now pumped and ready to dance, the band brought it all to the stage, completely letting rip for their second to last song ‘Underlying Message.' Beginning with a beautiful melody finger picked by Jeremy on ukulele as Busby strummed along in the background, they continued to build up momentum as each instrument gradually became louder and faster.
Then for the instrumental and solo, that was it. No one could take their eyes off Jeremy as he began the most insane solo on the ukulele which was probably not much bigger than his foot to be honest. Then suddenly, without giving you time to blink he was holding the ukulele in his mouth, while continuing his solo on guitar, before grabbing the ukulele (while still playing) and using it as a slide for the guitar.
There is honestly no words in the entire dictionary that you could possibly use to explain just how breathtaking it was. The whole band were entirely lost in the music without a care in the world just completely and utterly going for it, before slowing it right back down and ending on one simple strum as they had started out on acoustic guitar and ukulele. It was the most incredible and awe-inspiring thing I've ever witnessed in my entire life, and not only did it leave me, but everyone else in the room was also left speechless, having to pick their jaws up off the ground.
With that, they brought the energy right down to the floor for their final intimate number. Asking everyone to sit down on the floor in a circle as they took to the centre and performed the most stunning and magical unplugged version of their song ‘Konomie.' Bringing their first ever New Zealand show to an end with the beautiful acoustic melodies they are well known for.
Warming everyone's hearts and ears, Busby Marou announced they'll be back to tour New Zealand in September, and if tonight was anything to go by, you are going to want to make sure you get along to see them, because Busby Marou don't only have the X Factor, they ARE the sole definition of X Factor.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are gracing our shores on the 28th of November at Galatos. After a 4-year hiatus, they have burst back onto the scene and headed straight for the spot they are most familiar with, number 1 on the Billboard Christian Rock Charts.
Breakups are never easy - whether it's a romantic tryst, a teenage crush, or with a young Mark and his favourite band Dream Theater, that dark moment when founding keyboardist Kevin Moore left the group in 1994.
There's no denying that at my core, I'm a lover of progressive music - whether that means I love "prog" music or not is a question for another day, and is a topic which I touched on whilst talking to Steven Wilson the other week regarding the upcoming To The Bone show at Auckland's Bruce Mason Centre.
Auckland-based quartet Openside have added an extra date to their first, all-ages, nationwide tour. The group headlines The Seamless Tour will now perform a final show in Tauranga on July 20th featuring special guests DUNES .
Consisting of drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla, This Way Northwill be a part of a very special night in Auckland called ‘Sass the Patriarchy’ an event they have been running in Australia.
As the days and nights get colder, we need something more to laugh about than the unpredictability of Auckland weather and lucky for us, The New Zealand International Comedy Festivalreturns (kicking off this Thursday 26 April).
I Am Giant’s have recently released their third and final album ‘Life in Captivity’. Featuring the singles ‘Dead Flower’, ‘Playing With Fire’ and ‘Don’t Look Back’, the band are currently touring New Zealand; their final tour and last hurrah in NZ.
To this day I still remember my introduction to Sepultura - camped out in the granny flat bedroom of long-time friend Kerry - a live version of their cover of Motörhead's Orgasmatron, and from there it continues to this day
Secret Sounds are throwing a party you won’t want to miss at this year’s SXSW. This year’s explosive line-up includes our very own Aussie dream girl Odette as well as Englishman on the rise Sam Fender, R&B mastermind Pink Sweat$, genre-bending Boy Azooga, Brisbane legends WAAX and riff rulers The Amazons.
Following on from a performance at the famed Byron Bay Bluesfest, Little Steven and his powerful 14-piece band the Disciples of Soul, bring their critically acclaimed soul-infused Rock n Roll Soulfire show to Auckland’s Town Hall for one night only.
The Saboteurs--Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, Patrick Keeler--aka The Raconteurs, are performing three exclusive headline dates in Auckland, Melbourne, and Sydney this April! This will be their very first performances in Australia and New Zealand, and anywhere worldwide since 2011.
The 4-piece genre-melders Hellions are getting ready for their biggest Australian headline show yet. The tour will be taking place this May and stopping off in all the major cities; Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
It howls. It's grindingly beautiful. It's dangerously sentient. It’s The Sisters of Mercy returning to Australia and New Zealand this October and November. Due to demand, The Sisters Of Mercy will be adding Perth, Adelaide and Auckland to their tour in 2019.
Who Loves NZ The Most? Following a Sold-Out Winter Tour in 2018, Kiwi icon's The Jordan Luck Band today announce their massive 19 date New Zealand Winter(ish) Tour. Trekking the whole country; the massive NZ tour begins the last weekend of April with shows through to late June 2019.
Psychedelic heavyweight Earthless have announce their supporting acts for their Australia/New Zealand tour. The support line up is heady and heavy, meaning that each show is going to be stuffed with rock n roll greatness.
Due to incredible demand, internationally renowned award-winning musician, comedian, actor, writer and composer TIM MINCHIN has today announced a third and final Auckland show as part of his Australasian tour of his live show BACK.
Legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band FLEETWOOD MAC today announced an Australian and New Zealand tour, set to kick off on August 9 with two shows in Auckland on September 16 and 19, along with a welcome return to Dunedin on September 21.
California’s radical sons, The Growlers arrive in the country this week for the start of the Australian leg of their mammoth worldwide ‘Beach Goth’ tour. In what is guaranteed to be a rollicking, majestic wave of movements all around our golden coast,
Timaru’s iconic Soundshell in Caroline Bay will host two of the most well-known bands in New Zealand in a one-day entertainment extravaganza this January. Katchafire and The Black Seeds will headline the R18+ event at the Soundshell on Saturday, January 26, 2019. They’ll be joined by The Butlers.
On the heels of releasing several collaborative hit tracks this year, five-time Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson returns with a brand new single of his own ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ featuring Miley Cyrus.
Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood and Greg Proops the popular stars of the Emmy nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy for one show only at the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland.
In a New Zealand first, five of the stars of Twin Peaks, Sheryl Lee, Kimmy Robertson, Michael Horse, Al Strobel, Dana Ashbrook and the Executive Producer of Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series, Sabrina S. Sutherland, will visit Auckland and Christchurch for an exclusive and unique CONVERSATION WITH THE STARS evening.
Singer Elaine Paige has announced an 8-date series of concerts from October 10 to October 25 2018, which will see her perform songs from her illustrious career along side an array of her favourite tracks by contemporary songwriters.
The critically acclaimed, award-winning comedian and actor, Catherine Tate, is bringing The Catherine Tate Show - Live to New Zealand for the first time, with shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch commencing November 28, 2018.