MOSTLY MATES: Lachlan Bryan, Mat Duniam, Shaun Ryan and Michael Cole are Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes.
MOSTLY MATES: Lachlan Bryan, Mat Duniam, Shaun Ryan and Michael Cole are Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes. Contributed

Country music with a twist hits the spot for fans

BLACK Coffee is the hot beverage of choice for Melbournites, but it's also the name of a national tour on which Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes are embarking, with Gladstone in their sights.

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes are a bunch of alternate country musos who have known each other for 10 years.

Lachlan, Mat Duniam, Shaun Ryan and Michael Cole recorded an album together in 2008, and formed the band after the album was released.

The boys worked hard to build a name for themselves over the years, touring Europe and reaching number six on the ARIA album charts.

But, there's been a few minor bumps on the journey.

"We have fallen out with each other a few times. We are best friends and we used to live together. We have times where we don't speak to each other but we are generally there for each other," Lachlan says.

"We don't provide advice like girls do - we will just go and get a beer."

The Melbourne-based four-piece plays a bit of everything, from rockabilly, rock and roll, to folk, country and blues.

It's not run-of-the-mill music, though.

"It's different to the country stuff that people hear. We want to change people's perspective of country music," Lachlan says.

They have three albums to their name in total, with Black Coffee their latest to hit the scene.

Why the name?

"Coincidentally, we all drink black coffee. Melbourne is all about coffee, just like Bundaberg is all about rum and South Australia is all about wine. We do drink wine and rum, too," he laughs.

The song Black Coffee is catchy; the motion picture video clip is a welcome change to the raunchy, night club videos that plague YouTube.

Lachlan's voice is smooth and crisp, one that has turned heads in the Aussie music scene.

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes picked up a Golden Guitar Award for Best Alternate Country Album earlier this year for Black Coffee, an achievement of which Lachlan is proud.

"The album had great reviews. I don't think I had won any award since high school," he laughs.

The band only plays original songs, and hopes Gladstone is as welcoming of its music as other areas of Queensland.

"We are constantly on tour. We play in Brisbane quite often and we love coming to Queensland because the reception has been great," Lachlan says.

The boys are playing at the next Beach, Music and Arts markets on June 7.



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