By Derek Schlennstedt
Australian folk-pop music duo, Busby Marou, is set to perform live at the Sooki Lounge on 6 February, as part of the ’The Great Divide Tour’.
The two-piece band from Rockhampton, comprising members Thomas Busby on vocals and guitar, and Jeremy Marou, on guitar, ukulele and vocals have experienced a phenomenal few years, having toured with Elton John and Cold Chisel.
Speaking to the Mail, Tom Busby said the new record is a powerful story of two men, from two different worlds, on the same journey.
“We’re a bit of some older fellas with kids and married, and it’s really a story of where we are in life and what we’re dealing with, but also lot of our friends are struggling,” he explained.
“Noticed mental health issues and it’s as much about when fun habits stop being fun.
“The Great Divide is not about division or adversaries. It’s about recognising that we all have a different account of events in our own lives and celebrating how those differences combine to create a unique and colourful story. Without our great divide, there is no Busby Marou story”.
He described the songs in the album as ‘the first chapter demonstrating maturity as a result of sharing life experiences.
“It’s the wisdom of love, heartbreak, and grief.”
Busby and Marou met in Rockhampton in 2009 and both came from musical families. After establishing they had similar music interests, the pair combined, creating Busby Marou.
The pair first shot to fame upon the release of their debut album The Blue Road in 2009, that peaked at 24 on the Australian charts.
Since then they’ve been toiling and travelling, and have played with the biggest names in music.
Though, Tom said the duo were looking forward to returning to Sooki lounge.
“It is one of our favourite venues just such a cool vibe, awesome area … what a bar Sooki lounge.”
“We’re excited to have a feed, and see all the loyal fans coming to watch.”