Mr Sauce plots next step after tasty UON band comp victory

TOP SHELF: Mr Sauce, aka Bodie Werleman, is planning to record an EP after winning the University Of Newcastle band comp. Picture: Jade Miller
TOP SHELF: Mr Sauce, aka Bodie Werleman, is planning to record an EP after winning the University Of Newcastle band comp. Picture: Jade Miller

BODIE Werleman is known for making a cracking tomato pizza sauce at the Oriental Hotel and for being one of the Newcastle music scene’s most reliable drummers.

However, last week Werleman took centre stage for himself when he won the University Of Newcastle 2018 band competition using his moniker Mr Sauce. The strong field also included equal runners-up Yev Yassem (dave frontman Noah Church) and Jacob Ridgeway, and Shrimp won the people’s prize.  

Mr Sauce’s victory comes with $2000 of recording time at the university’s freshly-launched Baraya Records and a slot at the Festival of Autonomy in August.

But the band comp success could be the last time Werleman performs his mix of salsa-rock as Mr Sauce.

“I’m in the process of deciding whether to start going under my first name,” Werleman said. “I’m just about to put out a bunch of new songs, so I thought it might be more marketable.

“Mr Sauce was just a funny nickname I’ve had for ages.”

Werleman sings and plays guitar live for Mr Sauce, but he’s best known in Newcastle for playing drums for Nicholas Connors, Adam Miller, James Thomson and Dan Southward.

Mr Sauce - Liquor Train

“Drums are definitely my favourite instrument, but I like to play all different instruments when I’m playing my stuff,” he said.

Werleman will head to Sawtooth Studios in two weeks to start recording material for a future EP, which he aims to release by August.

“The new stuff definitely has a soul and jazzy feel,” he said. “It’s based around that salsa-soul vibe.” 


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