VISITING: Woodlock will play the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, later this month.
VISITING: Woodlock will play the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, later this month.

Melbourne band goes from busking to Byron stage

MELBOURNE group Woodlock are on their way back to Byron Bay, armed with some new tunes to soothe the cravings of local fans.

Lead vocalist and guitarist, Eze Walters, said the band couldn't wait to visit Byron Bay again.

"We've been there probably four or five times, we love it up there," he said.

"We love hitting the beach before our gig that night."

Their show at Byron isn't the only exciting news from Woodlock at the moment - they also have a new single, Something Broke That Day, being released.

Their new single has a slightly different sound to what fans may be used to, Eze said.

"It's a more darker song," he said, while explaining the inspiration for the tune.

"I love reading comic books and while we were in China doing some work I was reading a comic book called Sandman.

"It's a dark comic where this guy has a lot of dark things going on.

Grabbing inspiration from the Sandman storyline and comic themes, Something Broke That Day has an "edgy sort of vibe" mixed with anxiety, Eze said.

The Melbourne three-piece started out doing a lot of busking.

"It's a huge part of us as a band, because that's the main way we decided to do music originally.

"It was quite a bit of fun (so) we decided we'd get this caravan and quit our jobs and do this tour busking around Australia.

Along the way, Eze said, they found this whole scene of people who busk as a job.

"We really had this idea of wanting to do it," he said.

"It's a real huge eye opener, playing music in the street, because it really helps you build as a band."

While they originated from that busking background with a lot of folk music, at their show in Byron Bay, Eze said they'll be bring a "new kind of sound" which is more electronic.

'There's those interesting dynamics and diversity of styles of music," he said.

  • Woodlock plays the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay on Friday, January 27.


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