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.” 

LADY SLOW DOWN

NEWCASTLE rock duo Hey Lady! are taking time off from the stage to record a follow up to their 2014 EP My Head, My Heart.

It’s been a hectic couple of months for Jess Moxey and Stef Threadgate as they’ve supported The Hard Aches, Tropical F—kstorm, Iron Chic, Rackett and This Way North before finishing up with a blistering performance last Friday at Jebediah’s Cambridge Hotel show.

BAY BOUND BOO

FRESH off hip-hop posse The Thundamentals’ performance at the Shoal Bay Country Club, the Port Stephens venue has landed another coup.

Electro-soul shakers Boo Seeka will play Shoal Bay on July 13 as they continue to promote their debut album Never Too Soon

GENEROUS GEN Y 

THE perception from some older Australians is the youth of today are nothing but selfish and Instagram obsessed.

However, Newcastle youth-run non-for-profit organisation Y Project is turning that notion on its head. On Saturday Y Project will host their all-ages music event Civil Thrill #7 at Adamstown Uniting Church’s The Dungeon.

The show features The Journey to the East, Diplazar, Southern End and Looseleaf IV. And what’s even better, profits from the night will be donated to homeless support organisation, Newcastle Night Angels.

WORLDLY DUO

KALLIDAD might cut a foreboding presence with their dawn of the dead face paint, but their blend of flamenco guitar and heavy metal roots has made them an interesting feature at Australian festivals like Splendour In The Grass and Falls.

Equally intriguing are Australian-Canadian world-folk act Band Of Dawn, who have previously collaborated with Tea Party frontman Jeff Martin.

The two bands are hitting the road together and stop at Lizotte’s on October 21.   

MORE SORROWS

ONE of Australia’s most respected and hardest working bands, The Black Sorrows, are returning to town on July 7 to play the Belmont 16s.

Joe Camilleri is a regular visitor to Newcastle and last played Lizotte’s in October. The current Black Sorrows line-up includes Claude Carranza (guitar), Mark Gray (bass), John McAll (keyboards) and John Farnham drummer Angus Burchall.

LE FEVRE RETURNS

MELBOURNE troubadour Lincoln le Fevre has announced a return to the Hamilton Station Hotel on July 1.

And this time, le Fevre is bringing plenty of friends. The extensive free folk-punk bill also includes the Smith Street Band’s Lucy Wilson, Newcastle’s Ben Leece and Hobart’s Jo Neugebauer.  

HARD YARDS

PLENTY of bands over the years have invested their hard earned dollars into those green cans of Victoria Bitter. Well, the iconic Aussie beer brand is planning to give back to the music industry through the return of the Hard Yards tour.

The initiative lets rock bands perform on a national tour, plus winners receive $5,000 cash and rehearsal room hire. The VB Hard Yards Tour comes to the Cambridge Hotel on October 5.