TO be invited to play as part of the Newport Record Club is a “huge honour”, according to Stoned Posers bassist Wayne Hodges.
The seasonal event, which is held on Thursday evenings at Fremantle’s The Newport Hotel, showcases WA musicians playing their favourite bands and classic albums live on stage.
Season eight kicked off on February 2 and runs for 10 weeks, with Stoned Posers taking the stage on February 23 with The Stone Roses’ self-titled debut album from 1989.
Hodges said the Stoned Posers – which also features Connolly father and son duo Colin Outhwaite Sr and Colin Outhwaite Jr, Tristan Dudley and Howard Whitworth – came together late last year specifically for this project.
“With all of us being ‘Poms’ and regularly performing live British music, we conceived the idea of performing a complete British album of our liking and The Stone Roses became a clear favourite contender,” he said.
Taking the project “very seriously”, the lads have been rehearsing every week at The Hen House studios to prepare for their first gig as the Stoned Posers.
“Looking forward to it is an understatement,” Hodges said.
“We’ve been massively focusing our efforts on this for the past three or four months.
“We’ll be performing the complete The Stone Roses album plus an extended encore covering some of their other popular tunes.”
“We feel extremely privileged and excited to be part this awesome series of shows.”
Outhwaite Jr said it was also an honour to be given the responsibility of re-producing an album “as iconic as this one” and it was great to be able to share the experience with his dad.
“When I first started playing in bands, our music interests seemed miles apart but in recent years, we’ve played together in a number of settings,” he said.
“I was brought up listening to all his music so it was inevitable that we’d have a shared taste in music.”