Kram joins Aussie rockers for ARC presents The Beatles’ Abbey Road Live

ARC - Mark Wilson, Kram, Davey Lane and Darren Middleton.
ARC - Mark Wilson, Kram, Davey Lane and Darren Middleton.

LIFE is full of surprises and discovering The Beatles is a great moment cherished by Spiderbait drummer and vocalist Kram.

“A teacher at my high school gave me two tapes that changed my life and everything I knew about music; one was the Sex Pistols and the other was The Beatles,” Kram said.

“Sex Pistols made me want to be a punk rocker and make noise with anger and power and I loved The Beatles from another perspective, where I found beauty in songs and all the variation.

“Both of them were saying you could do whatever you liked and it would work. I guess Spiderbait is a combination of those two energies.”

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While in the process of working on a new Spiderbait album, Kram is also preparing for his other project Australian Rock Collective (ARC) presents The Beatles’ Abbey Road Live, celebrating the Liverpool band’s iconic final album performed in its entirety.

ARC comprises Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Mark Wilson (Jet), Davey Lane (You Am I) and Kram who “haphazardly’ united as a band to play for Australian audiences during the World Cup in Brazil.

ARC – Darren Middleton, Davey Lane, Mark Wilson and Kram.

“The gigs were incredible and it’s a very different band to Spiderbait, Jet, Powderfinger or You Am I,” Kram said from his Byron Bay home.

“We didn’t play again for a couple of years but got asked to reform for another show and little by little as the years go on we’re doing more and more.

“Davey came up with the idea of doing the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road and we really like doing these sorts of projects.”

Kram, whose musicality takes him from enjoying Mozart piano concertos to Cosmic Psychos and Pink Floyd, said the first side of Abbey Road was like a retrospective, while the second side of the album was almost a singular piece.

“In some ways it’s a bit like musical theatre meets The Beach Boys meets an orchestra,” he said.

“It’s an amazing way for them to finish and a taster of, if they’d managed to stay together, what more they would have been able to do in the 1970s and beyond.

“The Beatles show what can be achieved through beautiful collective human spirit.

“I know that in my band it’s really influenced us and one of the reasons we’re still together and successful almost 30 years on is our relationship.

“I hope audiences are going to celebrate this record by hearing it as much as we are by playing it.”

Kram said although he initially had reservations about Ringo Starr’s talent, he soon realised his error and considers him one of the greatest drummers of all time.

“He plays the song and that had a big influence on me and changed the way that I approached playing with people,” he said.

“You can be flashy and amazing, but if you’re not playing together it’s worthless.”

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What: ARC presents The Beatles’ Abbey Road Live

Where: Perth Concert Hall

When: August 11