The Fat Controller played host to North Queensland’s Busby Marou as they tour on the back of their latest studio offering Postcards from the Shellhouse. In support was the duo version of Melbourne’s The Teskey Brothers with their full-frontal in your face blues and soul. If I closed my eyes I could have been forgiven for thinking the ghost of Otis Redding was haunting the stage with these boys. They are back in Adelaide in August with the full band so I strongly encourage you to get out to their show.
There was a lengthy wait between acts but Busby Marou got the medium sized crowd singing along with some older favourites like Paint My Cup from 2011. Marou’s ever-constant harmonies and persistent kick drum while playing intricate lead and rhythm guitar gives the illusion of a full band. Having said that the Fat Controller does lend itself to bigger band set-upsand a more intimate venue would have given the night a slightly better flavour.
Thomas Busby really hit his straps and relaxed into longer segues as the set progressed showing the mark of a seasoned performer. He credited the song Drink the World Dry to Paul Kelly and suggested this is what he feels like doing after a bad show, clean out the mini bar in the hotel. They followed with Don Henley’s tune Boys of Summer and they must have heard Adelaide loves the old classics because there was Bob Dylan’s Down in the Easy Chair and perhaps the riff from Copper Head Road thrown in at some point.
After encouraging the punters to keep supporting independent music the duo launched into their latest single The Best Part of Me. This song really showcases the growing maturity in the team’s song writing and the clip for this song shot and recorded live on Great Keppel Island is worth checking out. Marou picked up the ukulele and shredded a Van Halen-esk solo before The Teskey Brothers came back on stage for an all-in jam on the aforementioned Dylan song.
Despite a great performance there was some magic was lost in the harsh venue and if you get a chance I would recommend seeing Busby Marou at a festival underneath blazing stars. If you’re really lucky you might catch them round a campfire on Great Keppel Island, as their closing song Konomie gave testament to where both these men keep their heart.
By James Hickey