Q&A Scene: Ant Beard from Caravãna Sun

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

Our new single ‘Beauty & The Pain’ focuses on both the hot and cold parts of life,
as its title would suggest lol. It’s about knowing that in the shit times, there’s
always a splitting ray of beauty, like the fierce glow of your angry lover. It’s the
cheeky smile you can’t help but let out, it’s the knowing that where there’s pain,
there’s beauty.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

We recorded a song of our first record, ‘Give Me Grace’ in my old 1974 coaster bus.
We decked it out with some beautiful lights and created one of those memories I’ll
treasure forever.

Optional question: How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Pizza, so many layers with not huge amounts of cheese but enough to have a
party.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
The best part about touring Europe, is the variety in countries and how they run
festivals. Coming fresh from Germany, we arrive in Portugal last year and headed
south to the Algarve region. A show that was supposed to start at 10:00pm ending
up starting at 3:30am and we played until the sun rose above the Atlantic Ocean.
As the fishing boats headed out for their catch, we were chanting with 2000
people throughout the Arrifana Coastline. A night to remember!

What, or who, inspires you?
We are consistently in arms with the Ocean. With our touring schedule getting
more hectic, it’s always been about whether the waves could be working. From
Raglan, NZ to Nazare in Portugal, our music has always had a way with
connecting with audiences centred around the ocean. With writing being our
main constant, we are always moving through these incredible places and creating
music as a by product. As the touring gets longer, well always find time to fit a
surf in before sound check.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Case of You – Joni Mitchell. I’m a true sucker for romance and this song speaks
love in volumes for me. Its creations like these that remind me why I’m pursuing a
life of song.

What’s next for you?
We are currently in a rehearsal space piecing together our next tour. We have
always been super passionate about the live show and have consistently put focus
on touring to places where the music is resonating. To say we’re excited about the
next chapter is a true understatement.

What’s your scene?
Anywhere inhibitions aren’t

About Caravãna Sun

Raucous indie surf rockers Caravãna Sun have today announced their infectious new single Beauty and The Pain, written to celebrate the good and the bad times within a relationship, set for release on May 25. The group have also announced a video to accompany the track, directed by Jay Wennington at Bad Seed, the vid documents the creative process behind Beauty and The Pain and gives fans special insight into its conception. Caravãna Sun are hitting the road to play Beauty and The Pain for audiences across the country, kicking off at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle on May 25 then moving through Broome, Melbourne, Sydney, Sunshine Coast and wrapping up at Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane on June 8.

Produced by the legendary Steven Schram (The Cat Empire, San Cisco, Paul Kelly), Beauty and The Pain is a hook-driven romp; undeniably modern, with a tight, interesting arrangement and a vocal melody that worms itself into your head and refuses the leave. Existing fans of Caravãna Sun will not be disappointed by this new offering, as it shines a light on their lovable knack for catchy indie-rock, however new and old fans alike will be impressed by their ability to evolve as songwriters with each new release. Speaking on the inspiration behind the song,

Caravãna Sun’s Ant Beard says, “(Beauty and The Pain is about) knowing that in the shit times, there’s always a splitting ray of beauty, like the fierce glow of your angry lover. It’s the cheeky smile you can’t help but let out, it’s the knowing that where there’s pain, there’s beauty.” The clip for Beauty and The Pain is a homemade gift – it’s always interesting for listeners to watch how their favourite songs have come
together, and this video provides just that. It’s heartwarming and fun; Caravãna Sun are clearly not just a band, but a bunch of close friends as well, and it’s a pleasure to watch them work together. Speaking on the clip, Ant says, “Beauty and the Pain has been written out of a completely new approach to creating music in Caravãna Sun. What better way to capture great footage than film people completely out of their comfort zone! We brought a camera along to document this song’s journey and most of all, see the band transform into this new sound.”

Caravãna Sun are set to hit venues across the country, playing their sun-soaked rock to Aussie audiences throughout winter this year before moving on to a fully loaded six week EU / UK tour. Pumped to hit the road (and the surf), Ant enthuses, “Our touring schedule over the years has been highly dependent on the surf locations and whether we’d have time to get in the ocean between soundcheck and gig… At this point in
our career, we’ve realised that we and our fans like music that moves both inside and out. Whether that’s full power hip thrusting or held suspense between moments of bliss, we’re always on the search to break the barrier between artist and audience.”
Beauty and The Pain is out May 25.

Caravãna Sun is Luke Carra (guitars, vocals), Ant Beard (bass, vocals), Alex Dumbrell (drums, percussion), and Ken Allars (trumpet, keys).

 

BEAUTY AND THE PAIN’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR
FRI 25 MAY | CLANCY’S FISH PUB, FREMANTLE WA | 18+
Tickets available from https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=374765&
SAT 26 MAY | DIVER’S TAVERN, BROOME WA | 18+
Tickets available from https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=374765&
FRI 1 JUNE | THE NIGHTCAT, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+
Tickets available from https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/caravana-sun-live-at-the-night-cat-tickets-45226534783?aff=efbeventtix
SAT 2 JUNE | THE LANSDOWNE, SYDNEY NSW | 18+
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets
THURS 7 JUNE | SOLBAR, SUNSHINE COAST QLD | 18+
, Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets
FRI 8 JUNE | BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE QLD | 18+
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

‘BEAUTY AND THE PAIN’ EU / UK TOUR
THU 5 JUL | BIERZELT TOUR 2018, Buch AT | ALL AGES
FRI 6 JUL | MADNES FESTIVAL, AMELAND NL | 18+
SAT 7 JUL | ROCK OYSTER FESTIVAL, CORNWALL UK | 18+
WED 11 JUL | SUGAR FACTORY, AMSTERDAM NL | 18+
THU 12 JUL | HÄKKEN, HAMBURG DE | 18+
FRI 13 JUL | GASTFELD, BREMEN DE | 18+
SAT 14 JUL | BALMERS HERBERGE, INTERLAKEN CH | 18+
WED 18 JUL | UFO, BRUNECK IT | 18+
THU 19 JUL | LENDHAFEN CAFÉ, KLAGENFURT AT | 18+
FRI 20 JUL | BIERZELT TOUR 2018, PERCHTING DE (SOLD OUT) | ALL AGES
SAT 21 JUL | LOST WEEKEND, MUNICH DE | 18+
SUN 22 JUL | BIERZELT TOUR 2018, MAINZ DE | ALL AGES
THU 26 JUL | FARSONS BEER FESTIVAL, TA’ QALI MT | 18+
SAT 28 JUL | DER KRATER BEBT FESTIVAL, MEGESHEIM DE | 18+
FRI 3 AUG | REGGAE SUN SKA FESTIVAL, BORDEAUX FR | 18+
SUN 5 AUG | BESTIVAL, DORSET, UK | 18+
TUE 7 AUG | WATERING HOLE, PERRANPORTH UK | 18+
FRI 10 AUG | KOBLENZER SOMMERFEST, KOBLENZ DE | 18+
SAT 11 AUG | ZANDSTOCK FESTIVAL, ‘T ZAND NL | 18+
SUN 12 AUG | BIERZELT TOUR 2018, BAD BRÜCKENAU DE | ALL AGES
TUE 14 AUG | BIERZELT TOUR 2018, DETTENDORF DE | ALL AGES

 

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