Busby Marou: hometown crowd is as good as it gets
THEY'VE played to crowds of thousands in countless sold out shows, but Jeremy Marou says there's something special about playing in their home town of Rockhampton.
Speaking to one half of the beloved Rocky duo, Busby Marou recently in the lead up to their album launch on Saturday for their latest release, Post Cards from the Shell House, Jeremy says playing their new songs for fans was what he was looking forward to most.
"Playing in Rocky in our home town; we've been playing big crowds in Sydney and Melbourne but when you see your brothers, sisters and kids and nieces and nephews watching you from the crowd, it doesn't get much better than that,” he says.
"It brings tears to your eyes, it's so special.”
It's been a different recording experience for the pair this time around, whose last album in 2013, Farewell Fitzroy, was recorded in a Nashville studio.
Jeremy says the sound produced this time really reflects the essence of Busby Marou.
"We were just ready to be us...there's something special about it,” Jeremy says of the album, which was influenced by their memories of the good times had on Great Keppel Island and living in CQ.
"We were after that relaxed summer album, what you want to put on and listen to while you're hanging out with mates.
"We wanted to utilise what we've got here too. And also that we took our time with it.
"We recorded it over the year and really went outside of out comfort zone. We put every bit of energy into this album.”
Keeping their show on Saturday as acoustic as possible, Jeremy says recording parts of the album on Great Keppel Island and also their music video, Getaway Car was plenty of fun.
"It's one of those places, people around here don't realise what we've got in in our back yard,” Jeremy says.
"When we brought our producers down here (GKI) they were like, 'what the heck?', just rocking up on a beach and you're the only person there (was unusual for them).”
"It's our home too, it's showcasing our piece of paradise. (The owners of the Shell House) are like family to us, they're lovely people, and nine times out of 10, they'll have room for you to stay.”
Although they have come back to being a duo, there were plenty of collaborators on hand during the songwriting process, among them Hume, who co-wrote three of the 11 songs; celebrated female songwriter Alex Hope (Broods, Troye Sivan), who worked on Drink the World Dry and Full Moon; and John Mayer's guitarist David Ryan Harris, an idol of Jeremy's, who added guitar and influence to Getaway Car.