CHEERS: Busby Marou and friends at the album launch enjoying some sunset drinks and the album playback on Great Keppel Island on Friday.
CHEERS: Busby Marou and friends at the album launch enjoying some sunset drinks and the album playback on Great Keppel Island on Friday. Vanessa Rauluni

Busby Marou celebrate album with island escape on GKI

IN TYPICAL Busby Marou style, a few beers while enjoying the sunset was the best way to celebrate their latest album, Postcards From the Shell House.

The duo and their label Warner Music, held a gathering on Great Keppel Island on Friday to mark the exciting occasion, and to give us a glimpse of what their album was inspired by, and where some of it was recorded.

Media representatives along with some of their good, local friends plus winners of a competition to meet Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou, enjoyed a sunset cruise while listening to the full album from the Rocky lads' latest offering, making for a unique listening experience.

An aerial shot from a drone of the Freedom Fast Cats boat dropping passengers off on Friday for the Busby Marou album launch at Great Keppel Island.
An aerial shot from a drone of the Freedom Fast Cats boat dropping passengers off on Friday for the Busby Marou album launch at Great Keppel Island. Contributed

Postcards From The Shell House was recorded over the last 18 months with Jon Hume at The Stables studios in Gisbourne, Victoria, as well as during sessions on GKI and on a boat. Yes, a boat.

The album returns the pair to their roots in a number of ways. The shell house in question, an old heritage-listed building on Great Keppel Island off the coast of their native Rockhampton, has great significance.

Early in their career Tom and Jeremy would sit around a campfire there and sing songs, one or two of which ended up on record.

Last year, with producer Jon Hume (Evermore) in tow, that same method in the same location produced a few songs for the new album.

While listening to each track with my toes buried in the white sand, overlooking the glorious sunset and crystal clear waters, the environment made for the perfect backdrop to absorb each song.

Light, acoustic, stripped back with a strong focus on Tom's vocals and both his and Jeremy's guitar abilities is what came to mind while enjoying the album.

Jeremy Marou and Tom Busby during their time on Great Keppel Island while making their latest album, Postcards From the Shell House last year.
Jeremy Marou and Tom Busby during their time on Great Keppel Island while making their latest album, Postcards From the Shell House last year. Paul Wilson

Making our way back to the Shell House after a spectacular listening session and sunset, guests were then treated to a barbecue dinner prepared by the lovely owners of the iconic property.

A few songs performed around the bonfire by the talented pair shortly after, provided a special moment for the group before we headed back to the mainland. In the lead up to their new album, Busby Marou hit the road for their Getaway Car Single Tour, selling out all seven shows and treating select fans to exclusive premieres of their new material.

"It's always been difficult to verbalise the energy and emotion that goes into writing a new album, so it's exciting to finally be able to start sharing the new material with our fans,” said frontman Tom.

Getaway Car is accompanied by an acoustic music video filmed on Great Keppel Island, where much of the album was written and recorded.

The island is a place that Jeremy and Tom hold close to their heart, which they discuss at the beginning of the video.

The pair will launch the album with their first show on their latest tour at The Great Western Hotel on Saturday, February 18.

Tickets on sale now, go to oztix.com.au or busbymarou.com for more info.



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