Summer was an exciting time for the Destrends, and there’s still some great things ahead for the emerging band.
Two-thirds of the popular Melbourne band are Deniliquin brothers Matt and Nathan Savage, who have combined with Billy Watts to form a group known for its theatrical rock style.
The lads played to a 40,000 strong crowd at the St Kilda Festival on February 12 — renowned as one of Australia’s biggest free music festivals.
Earlier this month they played the Horror Movie Campout Festival in Sydney, and next month they appear on the same bill as Aussie rockers Spiderbait.
The Savage boys say it will help them keep their ties to the local area strong.
‘‘We’ve just been confirmed as the support band for Spiderbait at the Corner Hotel in Richmond on April 29,’’ Nathan, who plays drums, said.
‘‘It’s pretty exciting with them originally growing up in the area too (Finley).’’
At St Kilda, the boys shared the stage with some other big names in music.
‘‘We played alongside artists such as Daryl Braithwaite, the Smith Street Band, and the Aston Shuffle,’’ lead vocalist Matt said.
‘‘We also headlined the New Music Stage which showcases Australia’s hottest emerging artists.’’
The New Music Stage includes a competition where the best band, as voted by the crowd on the day, wins $5000, music equipment and the chance to play the St Kilda Festival Main Stage in 2018.
‘‘We played just as the sun was going down on the New Music Stage - it was perfect timing,’’ Nathan said.
‘‘It was great to play in front of hundreds of new faces and hopefully pick up a few new fans.
‘‘The council there have been really supportive of us from the start and we’re really grateful to have been able to play at the festival.’’
Destrends also released a new single on February 27 called ‘Blackout’, which can be heard on all of their social media platforms.
The self-proclaimed post-punk, art-rock group will also be releasing a 6-track EP called ‘Lousy Lover’ on Monday, which will be available to purchase online.
‘‘The band has been together since the end of 2014, so the EP will be a blend of songs we have been playing from the start as well as some more recent ones,’’ Nathan said.
‘‘We’ve been gigging with most of the tracks for a while now so they have been pretty well road-tested.
‘‘We’re really excited to have some new material out for people to wrap their ears around.’’
The Richmond show with Spiderbait is part of the group’s tour with the new EP.
For more information about the band and their shows, go to www.facebook.com/destrends.
~ Delaney Couroupis