LOCAL band Guthrie Music recently finished an album release tour which saw it perform assorted shows at some of WA’s most iconic venues.
Lead guitarist and vocalist Darren Guthrie started a reggae, roots and blues project in 2010.
In 2016 Guthrie Music became a trio when Jase Le Scelle (bass) and Maxx Carter (drums) joined the band.
Their album tour saw them play at The Prince of Wales, The Rosemount Hotel, Indi Bar, Margaret River Hotel and on Rottnest Island.
It was also a highlight for the band to support Aussie hip-hop legends DownSyde at the Highway Hotel last December.
Darren began composing their debut album Seeds of Change in July 2015.
The band describes its sound as reggae, roots and rock with a twist.
As a band their musical influences include the Marleys (Bob & his sons), Nahko and Medicine For The People, John Butler Trio, SOJA, Sublime, Mat McHugh and The Beautiful Girls.
“(It was) around November after recording for a little while that I had the idea of changing the album from a solo album to a full band album,” Darren said.
“So I set out to find two groovy souls to bring into the studio and record on the album.”
The rest, as they say, is history.
“In early 2016, Max and Jase started recording on what was soon to become the Seeds of Change album at my home studio,” Darren said.
“During this time I was asked to perform a Secret Sound Session in Mandurah.
“Maxx got up with me and jammed out some of the tunes/covers and Jase was dancing around singing along like the party animal he is, and from that moment I knew I could see myself performing around the South-West with these legends.”
Darren decided to record Seeds of Change after finishing a Diploma in Sound Production and Live Sound.
“The aim of this was to make it a more personal experience for the listener and hopefully have them feel the hours of work, positive energy and enjoyment we put into the album,” he said.
“Seeds of Change was mastered by Ian Pritchett from NoiseGate Studios in Sydney.
“Ian is responsible for majority of the albums released by Mat McHugh and The Beautiful Girls along with a few of Angus and Julia Stone’s singles, and for this reason we were beyond stoked to have him onboard working with us on the project.”
The band is always keen to get together for a weekly jam session.
“We all have quite busy lives outside of our music career with our own pursuits and this can make it a bit of a struggle at times for us to come together as a band to rehearse as often as we would like,” Darren said.
“Sometimes we end up rehearsing at ungodly hours at odd locations just to make it happen.”
Guthrie Music have three albums Guthrie EP (2012), End The Prohibition EP (2014) and Seeds of Change Album (2016) which can be purchased on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify or streamed.
Stand out tracks include People, End The Prohibition and We’ve Been Fighting.
The band are announcing their upcoming tour dates and location on March 21.
This can be found at www.GuthrieMusic.com or at www.facebook.com/DarrenGuthrieAU.
Pic credit Peter Le Scelle LtoR Jase Le Scelle (Bass), Darren Guthrie (Guitar & Vox), Maxx Carter (Drums & Percussion)