Australian Gothic


Mama Red & the Dark Blues take to the stage for the inaugural North Perth Blues Festival at the Rosemount Hotel on January 26.

They join Dave Hole, Bob Log III, Blue Shaddy, Rick Steele, The Bonekickers and DJ Holly Doll in a line-up that feels good to be on.

“It feels stupid cool,” says lead vocalist, Harry Deluxe, “and a little daunting. We’re pretty different to the incredible Perth icons on the line-up, but maybe that’s part of our charm. But with an all-girl, heavy harmony frontline we’re ready to give the guys of serious blues a run for their money.”

With their last release being 2016’s LP, The Wages Of Sin, the band are itching to release new music, apparently occupying the ‘Australian Gothic alt-country-blues-folk-pop space’ and hoping for an April EP release.

“I think we’ve really cemented our sound now – think ‘love child of the Dixie Chicks, Lera Lynn and Nick Cave’. We used to be a bit afraid of our eclecticism I think – we were kind of trying to over define and confine our sound. We’re now just pretty happy with embracing our weirdness and our many odd influences – because our rhythm section rocks and our harmonies are all ours. I’m loving that we’re more comfortable with our originality now I guess, not trying to stick ourselves in a box.

The themes are still dark and getting darker… lots more social commentary, which can be pretty damn depressing, I’ll admit, but with a tinge of ‘hopepunk’ in there. I think the world is getting better – I like to say we write in the darkness, but live for the light.”

Mama Red & the Dark Blues also perform their Writing Our Way Back Home show for Fringe World at the Stellar Lounge (upstairs, Subiaco Hotel) on January 25 and February 1, and appear at The Duke Of George on January 31.

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