After travelling more than 1,200 kilometres co-headlining the Goldfields-Esperance Touring Circuit less than six months ago, Esperance three-piece Grand Casual are preparing to hit the road again.
Grand Casual member and local musician Kyron Smithson said the band would be taking a tour of the South West later next month, performing at home in Esperance before heading to Albany, Margaret River, Perth, and Bridgetown.
Mr Smithson said the regional circuit with the state’s peak music body, WAM, had inspired the band to get out on the road.
“The positive feedback that we got from that tour and how much we all enjoyed it definitely would have been a catalyst for getting on the road again.
“It’ll be fantastic just to get out there and play to a really varied audience, a lot of people that haven’t really heard us play before and sort of see what the reaction is.”
“Especially in those sorts of venues, we’ll be playing to audiences that are very keen to hear original music.
“We’ll be able to get a really good feel for where we’re at with our tunes.”
Mr Smithson said the group were pumped, having rehearsed up to four times a week for the last two months in preparation for the tour.
“The more we jam, the less nervous we become,” he said.
“There’s just that real feeling of excitement – you set yourself up for a tour like this and it just allows you to have that real focus.
“You’ve got something to be working towards.
“Everything's coming together really nicely.”
Mr Smithson said the band would co-headline with Perth-based indie band Mt Cleverest at Travellers Inn Central on September 22, performing much of their new material.
“All of our new material has been written in the last six months,” he said.
“Joe [Franzone] has only been with us for a year now and a lot of the material that we were playing was stuff that had been written prior.
“All of the new material has been written by all three of us.
“The sound has evolved quite a bit from what it was originally.
“I’d say it’s a lot more experimental in a lot of ways – there is a lot of variation in the sound as well and a few songs that really stick to our rock and blues sort of roots but then some real experimenting with sound, tones and effects.
“There is some wacky sort of stuff in there but it’s really cool and I’m really looking forward to having some people hear it and getting some feedback.
“We’d love for people to come along if they’re keen to hear our new material.”
As well as debuting their new material, the band will also launch band merchandise produced with local artist Ashley Flynn and designer Brodie Bratten.
“We just got our first lot of shirts back which is really cool,” he said.
“It’s a nice, collaborative local project which has come together really nicely.”
Grand Casual will perform at the Travellers Inn Central on Saturday, September 22, before performing at the White Star in Albany on Friday, October 26, and Settlers Tavern in Margaret River on Saturday, October 27.
The band will then perform in Perth at WAMFest on November 3 before playing at Bridgetown’s Bluesfest from November 9 until November 11.
Grand Casual will also be performing at the Nannup Music Festival in March 2019.
Keep up with the band via the Grand Casual Facebook Page.