DUE NORTH: Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou are heading to Gladstone.
DUE NORTH: Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou are heading to Gladstone. Elleni Toumpas

'Make or break' for Busby Marou

WORKING on the pre-production of a new album in Pete Murray's Byron Bay studio, Jeremy Marou, one half of Rockhampton band Busby Marou, is looking forward to coming home.

He's living the career of his dreams but a young family is where his heart is.

"I've got three young kids in Rocky, hence why I still live there. I'm back there all the time," Jeremy said.

With Rocky fans seeing their fair share of Jeremy and Tom Busby, the boys have decided to give Gladstone a turn.

"Tom and I are both born and bred in Rocky so Gladstone is sort of the next-door neighbour," Jeremy said

"We'll definitely hang around for the night. Get amongst it with friends and family. We've got a lot, I think a couple of bus loads, coming from Rocky."

The duo, known for the single Biding My Time, has only recently hit the big time, signing with Warner studios last year.

Previously they were living a typical nine-to-five life; Jeremy was a public servant and Tom was a solicitor.

"Even for the last year or so when we were both doing our jobs and starting to do a lot of shows, we just hated it," Jeremy said.

"We just wanted to do music but couldn't take that plunge because basically we would have no money.

"When we signed with Warner it was a bit of an assurance in terms of doing that.

"We could never go back to being public servants.

"It's been pretty tough, juggling jobs for two or three years. We feel we did our hard work."

The challenge now is to not fade into the background once their second album drops.

"We want (music) to be our long-term career. Really for us (now), it's make or break," Jeremy said.

"We're confident that we're not doing anything differently... I'm pretty sure the next album is going to be cracker and set us up."

If all goes well, the Bring It Home tour will become an annual instalment - the guys want to showcase and help out local talent, in the same way they were given a chance.

"Tom and I are big believers; we want to keep quality live music in regional areas," Jeremy said.

Busby Marou

Bring It Home tour

When: Friday, October 19

Where: GEC Marquee, Gladstone Marina Plaza

Cost: $33.30 pre-purchased or $38.30 at door

Support: Slip On Stereo



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