LIVE: The Havelocks handed a break

LOCAL lads The Havelocks have been conquering the east coast with their single Black and Blue, but a mishap in Melbourne has thrown a spanner in the works for the Newcastle launch of the song.

LIVE caught up with bassist and singer Lennie Tranter and lead guitarist Marc Hallam, who explained the tour was going well until Tranter met with misadventure in Melbourne.

Tell us what happened in Melbourne.

Lennie: Ah, Melbourne. Well, something was bound to happen. We had a two-week break between Brisbane and Melbourne, and I decided to take a break from drinking. So when we finally got to Melbourne we had a few drinks before the first gig.

Played the set, we played well and then, naturally, the bar made a lot of money. Went back to the hotel, the boys went to bed, I went outside for a smoke, came back in and fell down a flight of stairs. Consequently, I broke my wrist quite badly.

Marc: I’m pretty sure Len broke his wrist just so he could gyrate and swagger more freely on stage. The bass is so restrictive, you know.

How is the band line-up adjusting to Lennie being off the bass?

Well we’ve only played one show since. The last show we played in Melbourne, the drummer flew home, so Marc and Craig played acoustics and I just sang.

It went down surprisingly well; I was out of my mind on these strong painkillers, we had no drums, no bass, but it worked.

Marc: We’re sounding tighter than ever before. We’ve got the bassist from Velvet Lane, Rhys Tranter, for the next couple of shows.

What’s next for The Havelocks?

Lennie: We’re arguing over the next single. It’s down to two songs, one really poppy and one that’s dark and kind of bluesy. Once that’s sorted we’ll go into the studio in early April.

The Havelocks play at The Cambridge on Saturday. Black and Blue is on iTunes now.

Cornish lays it down in music video

THE Hunter Region’s own Abbie Cornish is back on the small screen, starring in the clip for the latest song by The Rubens, Lay It Down.

The Rubens burst on to the scene last year with their self-titled debut album. 

The album has since gone gold and the four-piece have signed a US deal with Warner Bros Records. Their song My Gun also came in at number 10 in the Triple J Hottest 100 last month. 

Secret shows back on road 

LOUNGEROOM Entertainment is back in 2013, and is this week heading to a secret location for an afternoon of music, culture and fun.

Just 50 people will enjoy the sounds of Newcastle’s up-and-coming musos on Saturday in what is being billed as ‘‘An Afternoon In The Sun’’. Performers will include Gracie Harding, Geography of Mars and Nova & the Experience.

Limited tickets, bookings essential, BYO refreshments and snacks. Bookings on 0419636867. See Freebies below to win a double pass to the show.

Bands and a barbie in Texas

AUSTRALIAN acts will once again take over Austin, Texas, for one of South By Southwest’s hottest events, The Aussie BBQ.

The showcase event will kick off at Maggie Mae’s in Sixth St on March 16.

The Aussie BBQ features Australian acts performing across three stages for 14 hours with a traditional and free Aussie barbie for South by Southwest delegates.

Australia has 42 official showcasing artists and more than 500 delegates heading to Austin this year. Australian acts at the 2013 event (March 12 to 17) include 360, Alpine, Ball Park Music, Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes, Flume, Gold Fields, Jackson Firebird, San Cisco, Seth Sentry, Strangers, The Audreys, The Beards and more.

Hometown hard rock on debut

NEWCASTLE hard rock band BlackDiamond is gearing up to release its self-titled debut album this month, kicking off with a hometown launch at the Cambridge Hotel on February 27 before hitting the road for gigs.

BlackDiamond’s debut boasts nine tracks of no-frills rock’n’roll with obvious nods to bands Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses and Bon Jovi.  They recorded the album in Melbourne with producer Mark Opitz (AC/DC, INXS, Hoodoo Gurus) and it will be released digitally worldwide on February 21

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