Q&A Scene: Carus Thompson

Tell us about your new album /tour.

I’ve just finished tracking a new album, my first in five years. It’ll be out sometime next year so I thought I’d do an album preview show and give my Melbourne fans a sneak peak of the new songs in a live setting. It’s by far the best thing I’ve done. I feel like it’s storytelling at my best, yet presented in the most direct, melodic and pop way. Really high production Courtesy if produced Joel Quartermain who really pushed me to a level in the studio I’ve never attained before. It feels like this could be the record that breaks it all open.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
This forthcoming album. By far.

Tell us a quick anecdote.
I was playing Byron Blues Fest and I’m a huge Jackson Browne fan. Ran into him backstage with my mandolin player and blundered up to introduce ourselves. Unbeknownst to me, he was a great mate of Nat Young, the famous surfer who had become a bit of a fan of my stuff and I’d been hanging out a little with him and his son Beau. Jackson Browne just replied when we introduce ourselves: “Oh so you’re Carus, Nat’s been telling me all about your music”. My mando player and I were blown away and as Jackson left, my mate turned to me and said, “That’s one you take to the grave, Jackson Browne saying ‘so you’re Carus'”. That’s my claim to fame and I’m holding onto it!

What or who inspires you?
Human beings and their stories. When you first begin songwriting it’s all about you but as you do it for longer you start to look outside and find stories all around you. In the newspaper, overhearing conversations, talking to people at the bar or on the road. Songwriting is essentially grappling with the human experience and trying to make some kind of sense, or nonsense as it may be, out it. I’m really proud of the narrative songs I’ve been able to write, especially the ones that give voice to marginalised characters in an empathetic way.

What song do you wish you wrote?
“I was only 19” by red gum. What a savage song.

What’s next?
Back to Freo after this show and send this record off the Nashville to be mastered. Then release it in March next year.

What’s your scene?
Songs, songwriting and gigs that engage, rock and make it happen.

Based in his hometown of Fremantle, Folk-Rocking troubadour Carus Thompson returns to the Northcote Social Club for his only Melbourne show this year. 2016 has been busy year for Thompson spent locked away in the studio with super producer Joel Quartermain. Quartermain is not only the producer behind Australian darling Meg Mac, but coined rock n roll anthems Black Fingernails, Red Wine & Love Is a Drug amongst others with his iconic rock band Eskimo Joe. Whilst it seems an unlikely pairing for the rootsy-folky Thompson who’s previously been described as “A treasure in the musical landscape” – Carbie Warbie, The Dwarf, “A veteran of the Oz music scene’ – Herald Sun & Like a good bottle of red wine. It should be appreciated and shared with good company” – Music Feeds. The diversity of the pair has paid off with Thompson describing the results as “Amazing”. Thompson‟s new album is set for release for March 2017.




301 High St Northcote

With very, very special guest Rob Sawyer 

2.30pm – 3.00pm Rob Sawyer

3.30 pm – 4.45pm Carus Thompson


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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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