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Saskwatch are to play on February 25 at UC Refectory in Canberra. Trumpet player Liam McGorry says the band's sound has evolved.
Saskwatch spotting season
Melbourne indie-soul crew Saskwatch
released their third album Sorry I Let
It Come between Us in June 2015 and
almost nine months later they ve
finally hit the road touring the fresh
tracks across Australia.
As part of a 30-plus date tour,
Saskwatch will play at the UC
Refectory in Canberra on Thursday,
They ve come a long way since they
were discovered busking outside
Melbourne s Flinders Street Station
and signed to Northside Records, the
elabel Chris Gill created for them.
Last year was big for Saskwatch.
After releasing Sorry I Let It Come
between Us in June they spent a big
chunk of the year flexing their already
substantial gigging chops touring in
support of the Ruebens.
"We kind of got sidetracked last
year when we were touring with The
Ruebens," says trumpet player Liam
"So, I guess getting back out on the
road and making sure we go
everywhere just to make up for not
doing that for so long."
The album was recorded in
Philadelphia with Dr Dog s Scott
McMicken, who has been "one of our
idols forever", McGorry says.
It saw the newly streamlined six-
piece band move away from the classic
straight-up soul groove sounds they
explored on their 2012 debut Leave It
All Behind to employ more robust
funk, fuzz, electro and pop sounds and
There was a time a few years ago
when you couldn t swing a cat in
Melbourne without hitting a soul band.
But exploring a more hybrid vibe is
a direction McGorry sees soul in
Melbourne going in general.
"I feel like soul music isn t just
about the stereotypical soul genre,"
He said while bands such as the
Cactus Channel, Clairy Browne & the
Bangin Rackettes and the Bamboos
were great strictly soul bands, the
genre was taking new forms and
evolving with soul-influenced acts
such as Hiatus Kaiyote.
As for Saskwatch, McGorry said
after doing a few albums they re
"forming more of an idea of what the
band ethos is and the avenues you
want to explore".
These days, he says, the band s
ethos is simple.
"Just being able to play music with
my best friends in a band, it s
1 Award-winning British
comedian Jeff Green has
become a well-known face and
voice on Australian TV and
radio since arriving for his first
Comedy Festival performance
here in 1996. Jeff is returning to
Canberra to headline the Uni
Pub on Friday, February 19.
Tickets $20 online at
comedyact.com.au or $25 on
2 It's been a big few months
for Star Wars fans but on
Saturday night Canberra
Theatre will reveal The Empire
Strips Back a fresh burlesque
parody of the space-age saga.
Saturday, February 20 from
8pm. Tickets $65-$85 at
3 Kick off your shoes and
enjoy a picnic supper at
Government House while the
Canberra Symphony Orchestra
plays. The Shell Prom Concert's
entertaining program of music
from both the Netherlands
and Australia will celebrate
the significant connections
between the two nations.
From: 5pm-7pm. Tickets:
4 Jet out past the northern
border of the ACT this
weekend and enjoy a friendly
country show like no other. The
Gunning Show has plenty for
families including free kids
treasure hunts and more.
Along with the fun the pavilion
will showcase the district with
shearing, yard dog trials, horse
events and cattle, dog, and
alpacas shows. Tickets $25 per
family. Info at
5 Rob Thomas has had an
ongoing, 20-year long, love
affair with Australian
audiences -- both as the
frontman, lead vocalist and key
songwriter for Matchbox
Twenty and also as a major solo
artist. That romance continues
as Thomas makes a return to
Canberra in support of his first
solo album in more than six
years, The Great Unknown.
Catch him with special guest
Pete Murray at The National
Convention Centre on Monday,
February 22 from 7.30pm.
Tickets from $101.85 at
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