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RELEASE INFO

LABEL: Footstomp Music (Australia)
RELEASE DATE: March 2012
FORMATS:Digital

Band Members

Thomas Busby – Lead vocals, guitar
Jeremy Marou – backup vocals, guitar, ukulele
Mike Cavendish - Bass
DJ Syme – Drums/percussion

BIOGRAPHY

Rockhampton’s favourite sons BUSBY MAROU are having a great time.. They are the first signing to Warner Music Australia’s indie imprint Footstomp Records, and their debut self-titled album was, which was released to Australia last summer, will be released to the U.S. in March 2012. Their debut includes the emotive first single “Biding My Time” which has been steadily finding it’s way into Australia’s consciousness.

The quality of the songs, Tom Busby’s cheeky on stage presence and Jeremy Marou’s freakish musical ability on all instruments combined to deliver a distinctly Australian way of sharing stories. Their unique song writing brings cracking harmonies, breathtaking musicianship and a natural feel for each others guitars that will leave you wanting more.

Most of the Australian music community were first introduced to BUSBY MAROU with their inclusion on the incredibly successful Finn Tribute album He Will Have His Way.

After scoring high rotation slots from Triple J and NOVA, BUSBY MAROU’S debut self-titled album reached #24 on the ARIA album charts and #5 on the Australian artist charts. The single “Biding My Time” also came in at #81 on the coveted Triple J Hottest 100. The boys are also making their presence felt with strong showings in the nominations at the AIR, Deadly and Queensland Music Awards.

After a stunning response from fans and media BUSBY MAROU have had similarly good fortune in the live arena selling out their first ever headline tour and scoring coveted support slots with Birds Of Tokyo, KD Lang, Dolly Parton and Pete Murray.

Tom and Jeremy are committed to taking their songs and stories to the far four corners of the globe over the next year. Make sure you come and say G’Day.

PRESS QUOTES

“The overwhelming feeling that emanates from BUSBY MAROU is joy. The voices and close harmonies are as clear as Queensland sunshine, and the acoustic guitar playing of both men is both accomplished and expressive." 4/5 stars – The Australian

“Glorious and genuinely original – amalgams of the very best that folk inspired pop can offer. The end result is compelling and beautiful.” - Sydney Morning Herald

Reviews

September 6th, 2011. abc.net.au

The perfect soundtrack for summer, this album will remind you of the simple joys, when great song writing combines with beautiful melodies and vocal harmonies to create music for the soul.

Busby Marou, the Rockhampton duo who burst on to the scene with their cover of 'Better Be Home Soon', have just re-released their self-titled debut album to coincide with an upcoming national tour, supporting Pete Murray.

The opening track, 'All of You', is a combination of heartfelt romantic lyrics and laidback tropical rock, while 'Biding My Time' is a little bit more introspective with a heartfelt pining at its core.

'Banjo' changes it up with a country rock/blues sound, while 'This Moment' showcases beautiful vocal harmonies with easy listening rock.

'Dancing On The Moon' is a beautifully poetic ode to the tumultuous emotions felt in love from a distance, while 'Lhasa' is equal parts melancholy and whimsy.

'Not Fire Not Ice' is a sparse interlude before we are immersed in the breezy sound of Busby Marous vocals and melodic guitars in 'Underlying Message'.

The closing tracks '5 Rocks' and 'Konomie' connect with you because of their beautiful simplicity.

This self-titled album is a wonderful testament to the strength of Busby Marou's song writing and ability to create an easy to listen to mix of country, rock and blues, all with a tropical edge.

Busby Marou is the perfect soundtrack for summer. It reminds you of the simple joys, when great song writing combines with beautiful melodies and vocal harmonies, meaning you can enjoy music, not just listen to it. This is music for you soul.

June 24th, 2011. On soundsofoz.com

The charming music just keeps finding its way onto my desk. Busby Marou wowed me with their version of “Better Be Home Soon” on He Will Have His Way, and I was impressed when I heard my first taste of their original material with the single “Biding My Time.” So my expectations were high when Busby Marou’s self-titled album album crossed my desk. Perhaps not so surprisingly, this Queensland-based duo has delivered just what I hoped they would.

This is really is back to basics music, without frills or gimmicks. In a world where Lady Gaga reigns supreme, that organic approach to music is really like a breath of fresh air. It makes this disc feel instantly familiar. It uses elements we know but don’t hear enough of these days; simple but beautiful harmonies, the driving force of an acoustic guitar, and honest lyrics that paint moving stories.

It’s a really assured debut album. Busby Marou may not have recorded a full-length disc before, but they know their craft and their instruments. It’s very polished, but not in the artificial way we see so often in the music industry. It’s just really good.

Ordinarily I have instant favourites when I listen to a disc, but it hasn’t worked that way for me this time around. I found myself appreciating the way the voices melded together in one song, the faultless guitar picking in another, but it really all works as a cohesive collection of music rather than a series of obvious singles.

Busby Marou’s self-titled album is quite simply one of the best recordings I’ve heard all year. Seek it out; I promise you won’t be disappointed.



I've never been to Rockhampton but I'm coming right out to say it: I reckon there's a Rockhampton sound. Perhaps it's a rural-river town thing (though, with about 80,000 people it's not exactly tumbleweed-strewn); maybe it's to do with the idea they get 300 days of sun yearly (thank you, indisputable source, Wikipedia). Imagine that, hey, Melbourne? 300 days. Point is: there's a kindness and a comfort in music made in warmer climes. It's Australia meets Americana and, really, that's where I'm slotting Busby Marou.

Big claims considering the only other band I know from Rockhampton is the renowned Halfway, winners of the prestigious Grant McLennan Fellowship, and experts of weaving story-telling music that belongs to mandolin, banjo and pedal steel. Serendipitously, one of their chief songwriters, John, is cousin of one Tom Busby - half the harmonising, songwriting duo Busby Marou, the Rockhampton act who, after quietly releasing an EP, picking up a few awards, appearing on the Finn Brothers' tribute album He Will Have His Way (the only unsigned act to do so) and popping up in Triple J's Hottest 100, have recently released their self-titled debut.

 

As the youngest of 8 kids, Tom didn't get to see his elder cousin John - or indeed his older brothers - a great deal growing up. "John left Rocky before I ever really knew him but ever since I got into the music industry, we get to play together a lot. I've always looked up to the Halfway boys so it's gonna be pretty weird having them [support] us."

 

Chatting to the affable Tom, it's clear that the whole success thing is pretty weird. It's easy to imagine him as a shiny-cheeked kid waiting for his big brothers -"one brother in particular passed music down to me like REM, Bruce Springsteen, The Cars. I'm very thankful for those CDs; they started me songwriting," - to return from boarding school with their mates. One such mate, footy-player-turned-Australian music success story, Pete Murray, soon took more notice of the young bloke. It was Pete who offered Tom and buddy Jeremy Marou use of his home studio to record an EP. Ol' Pete, though, he wasn't the same Pete that Tom remembered.

 

"I was just a kid then. I mean, Pete was labouring [on building sites] - he was worse off than we are now. Then he goes and gets ridiculously massive…to go from all that to living in a beautiful house, driving a nice car… walking in looking all fit and good looking it's like, Jeeesus. You didn't know whether to have a photo taken with him or get his autograph…"

 

So, Tom and Jeremy made an EP. They took all the advice offered, - "They'd say, 'Jump,' and we'd say, 'How high?'" - learnt all they could about recording, lived out of their cars, and made decisions about what not to do on in future.

 

"When we recorded the album, we forced our producers to come up home. It was the best process: We got to stay in our family homes, took our mates up there and had our family bringin' us up lunches. It was just so comfortable hanging out, like a little holiday."

 

The result sounds like one. Busby Marou is a beautiful summer holiday record, in turns gentle brush-driven drums undulating under the natural wood strum of acoustic guitars, then driving country music with full band and electricity in the strings; Tom and Jeremy harmonising like brothers on Tom's main lyric.

 

"I'm predominantly the songwriter," says Tom. "I'll come up with a melody, a basic song, the lyrics. Jeremy chimes in with structure… he'll turn it into a good song. He surprises us every time by just picking up something and learning it on the spot." He laughs. "He's a pain in the arse. I'm like, 'You are kidding me!' I spend hours trying to keep up with a click track; he does one take on any instrument. Instruments you didn't even know that he played. And neither did he."

 

As their debut album tour gets closer to Melbourne, Busby Marou are looking forward as their diary fills with upcoming shows, some of which have Tom incredulous simply for the acts he and Jeremy will be sharing stages with. Icehouse and Josh Pyke are notable mentions for him: "people you never dreamed you'd ever meet."

 

So, who does he dream he'll play with?

 

"Willie Nelson," Tom sighs, hinting it might not be so unrealistic. Country legends, naturally, reminds him of the upcoming Dolly Parton tour. My gleeful shriek at Dolly's mention diverts our attention away from debut albums and tours.

 

"It's going to be sensational. I remember sitting in the car with my cousin and his mum was making us listen to Dolly Parton and we were just complaining. We still joke about Applejack…"

 

No one knows Applejack, I yell at Tom Busby, glad to find another unit who does. We recall, as youths, it was mandatory to hate country music. "I know," he laughs. "And now… I was watching a two-hour special on her the other day. Taped it. Re-watched it. I've got to get the concert."

 

Perhaps it's something that comes with age: the appreciation of a well-told, heartfelt story.

 

"It's the best," he agrees. "There's a fine line between good country and terrible country. Willie Nelson, The Highwaymen, that's country…Ben Kweller, people you wouldn't consider, that's good country. That's the country I love."

- See more at: http://www.beat.com.au/music/busby-marou#sthash.G6cfwhof.dpuf







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