Artist info

Genre

Roots, Rock


Sounds like

Bernard Fanning, Crowded House, Josh Pyke


band members

Thomas Busby - vocals, guitar Jeremy Marou - guitar, uke, bass, drums and everything else.....


Influences

Creedence Clearwater Revival, Paul Kelly, Neil Finn


Unearthed artists we like

Kid Sam, Stevie Geyer, Good Oak, NAT DUNN, Fergus Brown


Bio

From humble beginnings, on the banks of the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton, folk inspired pop outfit, Busby Marou is making a serious impact on the Australian stage! Since recording their debut EP (The Blue Road) with Australian singer/song writing icon, Pete Murray and acclaimed producer Anthony Lycenko, at Pete’s home studio in late 2007, Thomas Busby, Jeremy Marou and their band have come a long way! In 2009, Busby Marou was one of five successful applicants for ‘Breakthrough’ – A Federal Government initiative supporting emerging indigenous contemporary musicians. The award assisted in the production of the band’s debut self titled album, which was released to rave reviews in August 2010. The album reached number #4 on the Australian Independent Music Charts in December 2010 and has remained in the top 20 in the song writing category on the iTunes charts since September 2010. Last year Busby Marou won the Deadly Award for ‘Most Promising New Talent in Music’ and a Q Song award for their song “Paint My Cup.” In late 2010, the boys were approached by former General Manager of EMI, John O’Donnell, to feature as the only unsigned act (together with Australia and New Zealand’s most successful male artists) on the ‘He Will Have His Way – Finn Brothers Tribute Album’. The album went ‘Gold’ within a month of release and Busby Marou’s version of the Crowded House classic ‘Better Be Home Soon’ was spun on radio playlists across Australia and New Zealand and has been nominated for Triple J’s Hottest 100, together with an original track from their debut album, ‘Underlying Message’. The Album is currently being rotated on radio playlists across Australia and the first single ‘Biding My Time’ has recently been added to the Triple J playlist. The duo and band have shared the stage with industry heavy weights; Powderfinger, Pete Murray, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Dan Sultan, The Panics, Paul Dempsey, Archie Roach, Shane Howard, Art V Science, Passenger, Halfway etc…….. Jeremy Marou, a proud Torres Strait Islander has a unique and rare musical talent. He excels on just about every instrument he touches including ukulele, bass, drums and piano, however, it is his natural ability on the guitar that makes you stop and listen. His experience with traditional Murray Island song and dance as a child shines though his melodies. This combined with Thomas Busby’s distinctly Australian way of sharing stories has developed into a unique Australian song writing flavour with cracking harmonies, breathtaking musicianship and a natural feel for each others guitars!! “Glorious and genuinely original – amalgams of the very best that folk inspired pop can offer. The end result is compelling and beautiful. 4/5 stars Bruce Elder – Sydney Morning Herald (Album Review) “Busby Marou were one of the real discoveries for us. Their cover of Crowded House's ‘Better Be Home Soon’ was a thing of beauty”. John O'Donnell – Former EMI General Manager & co-producer of ‘He Will Have His Way Album – Tribute to the Finn Brothers’

Review

Reviewed by Richard Kingsmill Richard Kingsmill

05 Jul 2010

Triple J
40

One of the acts that were part of the Breakthrough concert we recorded and filmed. A talented duo who are sure to find a larger audience in time. This isn't far off The Temper Trap at their best.

One of the acts that were part of the Breakthrough concert we recorded and filmed. A talented duo who are sure to find a larger audience in time. This isn't far off The Temper Trap at their best.

Review

adriftsoul

02 Jul 2017

50

Saw you guys a long time ago at Birdies in Brisbane - congrats on your successes since then! Lovely to hear that your new stuff has remained true.

Saw you guys a long time ago at Birdies in Brisbane - congrats on your successes since then! Lovely to hear that your new stuff has remained true.