You would be hard pressed to find a band that loves their home state as much as Luca Brasi.
The Tassie punk-rock four-piece released their latest album, Stay, last year. On the back of the album’s release, the boys in the midst of a massive Australia-wide tour.
Lead singer and bassist Tyler Richardson said it had been amazing so far.
“We’re playing just all regional places, aside from festivals in some of the major cities,” he said.
“We’ve done about 10 shows in the past two weeks, and we’ve got about 15 more to go.
“A lot of places we’ve been revisiting, and a lot we haven’t been to before. Some of the places are super regional.”
Richardson said when the band is back home, they’re still working full-time.
He drove to the festival after work on Thursday, and had to drive home after their set for work on Friday.
“We all do it. We’re not young anymore, we like 30 or 31-year olds. We’ve got families and wives, so we try to have a home life and an away life,” he said.
“I don’t know how to make it work, we just do it. When you’re home, you just try and be healthy.”
Richardson said their Thursday set at Party in the Paddock mostly consisted of songs from Stay.
“Which is funny, because you watch songs go from being the ones that everybody knows, and then you put out new ones and they’re the ones everybody knows,” he said.
“The old ones get older, and less people know the old ones, and they get older and older.
“I reckon the radio has a lot to do with that too, because people consume music so fast. They know what the new stuff is or what’s current.”
He said Party in the Paddock had a different vibe to mainland festivals.
“This sort of thing is way more relaxed. The vibe everywhere is great, but I think we’re a bit biased because we’re from here,” he said.
“Though you look in the crowd and you might see 10 or 20 people that you know, which makes it different.”
Being passionate Tasmanians, and in light of the tragic bushfires being battled throughout the state, the band launched a t-shirt to raise funds for the Red Cross bushfire fund.
“Within 24 hours we’d done 300 t-shirts, which was incredible,” he said.
“It’s just amazing, that much response in that much time. It’s so sick. It’s not just Tasmanians either, people just really care.
“With this whole thing, without the people giving their time, and the people flying in and the volunteers who are helping – don’t forget about Tassie businesses, don’t forget about Tasmanians. We really need all the help we can get.”
Richardson said details for an upcoming headline show in Hobart would be announced on February 8.
“It’s our first headline at The Odeon, which is awesome,” he said.
“After that, we’ll have done like 30 shows, so we’re just going to chill.”
- Bushfire relief t-shirts at artistfirst.com.au. Available until February 8 at 5pm.