Pete Murray taps into a new sound for tour

BORDER BOUND: Popular Byron Bay-based singer-songwriter Pete Murray is about to hit the road for his national Comacho tour, and will perform in Albury in August.

BORDER BOUND: Popular Byron Bay-based singer-songwriter Pete Murray is about to hit the road for his national Comacho tour, and will perform in Albury in August.

Pete Murray enjoys heading inland and says he always gets a kick out of his shows at Paddy’s Beer Deluxe.

The Byron Bay singer-songwriter is one of Australia’s most loved musicians and about to set off on a 33-stop national tour to promote his sixth studio album Comacho, which was released on June 2.

He will be on the Border on Sunday afternoon, August 20.

“Paddy’s is a fun joint,” he tells The Border Mail.

“The past couple of gigs I’ve done there have been good fun. You get to regional areas and they appreciate the effort you’ve made to come out and play.

“It’s a great vibe for me, I’ve enjoyed it, it’s a lot of fun.”

The new album will feature prominently during the tour’s set and marks a change in direction for the one-time rugby player.

Paddy’s is a fun joint. The past couple of gigs I’ve done there have been good fun. - Pete Murray

He was determined to shake things up and find a fresh sound for the album, and he took his time to get it right.

Murray explored different writing and recording techniques, such as using sound loops and beats to add depth and steered away from the traditional recording approach of getting all the band in the studio and recording the album all at once.

“I just wanted to change my sound and to do that it takes a bit of time,” he says.

“For me it was trying to work with loops and beats.

“It’s very hard to find something new when you’re used to doing things a certain way.

“The album is a very different flavour to what I’ve done before and I’m happy with what I’ve achieved, the final result, which is a good place to be.

“I don’t know if I’ve been that happy when I’ve finished an album before.”

Murray collaborated with hip hop producer Trials (AB Original) to achieve the drum sounds he was after, and saddled up with an array of industry talent to get Camacho out, such as mixer and engineer Eric J Dubowsky, and fellow producers Tony Buchen, Andrew Burford and Jon Hume.

While his albums are renowned for personal songs touching on events in his life, Murray says Camacho is still packed with his own life experience but with a different tempo.

“This one has got a bit more of a party vibe to it, it’s a bit more pumping,” Murray says.

“We played the album the other day at a friends place, while we were playing a game of pool, and it was a really good vibe.”

The Lowdown

What: Pete Murray – Comacho National Tour

When: August 20, Paddy’s Beer Deluxe Albury, 3pm

Tickets: $47.50

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