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Spiderbait Deniliquin debut

Spiderbait excited to be coming ‘home’ for Ute Muster

ZOE MCMAUGH August 8, 2014 3:20am

In what will be their first ever performance in Deniliquin, Spiderbait is sure to be met with an enthusiastic, almost hometown crowd at the Deniliquin Ute Muster this October.

The trio – known only as Kram, Janet and Whitt – grew up in Finley and formed the internationally renowned band as teenagers in 1989.

Speaking to the Pastoral Times, Kram said each of the members still has a strong affinity with the Southern Riverina.

He said that is what made the invite to play at the famed Deniliquin Ute Muster more enticing.

‘‘We always feel very sentimental when it comes to Finley, even though we now all live in different parts of Australia,’’ Kram said.

‘‘Growing up, Finley and that region were our whole world.

‘‘I still remember Trevor Sutton’s record number of goals (249 in the 1982 season for the Deniliquin Rams) for Deni – that’s what it was like, you knew about your community and region.

‘‘We’re all still very proud of our Finley and country heritage, but we know that if we had stayed we might not have found the success that we did.’’

The band has paid tribute to their home town several times throughout their career, particularly with the release of their second album.

The 1995 release was titled The Unfinished Spanish Galleon at Finley Lake, and also featured the song Spanish Galleon.

Kram admitted it had been quite some time since he’s been ‘home’, but said he still has a ‘‘very strong’’ connection to the local area.

His parents Fay and Shane Quirk and grandparents Kevin and June Quirk still live locally.

He said they’re all expected to get to the muster this year, along with his brother Adam and his wife Mena.

‘‘I hope to have a good look around at the Deniliquin Ute Muster, and I really want to go and hang out with my family a bit too.

‘‘I think they’re all trying to get over to the muster for the weekend.

‘‘My brother is a bit of a car guy, so if any of us is to bring a ute it will be him.’’

Kram said while the band has some idea of what will be included in their Deniliquin Ute Muster set, he said it will be guided by the crowd.

‘‘Our shows feature a lot of our hits, but we do like to approach every gig spontaneously.

‘‘If a gig is interesting to us we will always entertain the idea of playing, and the good thing about Spiderbait is that we’re the type of band that can play anywhere.

‘‘I think a lot of the younger fans will come and see us.’’

Even though it has been some time since Spiderbait had a top 10 Australian chart hit, they have become synonymous with the muster crowd.

The band’s remake of the Ram Jam hit Black Betty is often belted out across the muster grounds – usually at the circlework and bull ride.

‘‘That song has become a bit of an Australian anthem, because it’s an energising song.

‘‘It’s a favourite for people who like driving fast cars, mainly because of the film clip we did when we released the song (featuring a hot rod).

‘‘After we did that song, it was a number one for us in the Australian charts.’’

The Deniliquin Ute Muster will be held Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4.

Spiderbait will feature at the Saturday night concert, along with headliner Jimmy Barnes.

Other Saturday acts are Australian charting artists Sheppard, and American legends The Mavericks.

On Friday night, Adam Harvey and Troy Casser-Daley, Morgan Evans and American artists Blackjack Billy and Gary Allan take to the stage.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Deniliquin’s Muster HQ on 58813388 or go to

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