Melbourne band Bateman will make a tour stop in Echuca-Moama in April while on a tour around Australia with Nola, from Japan.RENEE THOMPSON April 1, 2014 4:54am
The cellar of an Echuca pub will be transformed into a metal music lover’s paradise in two weeks’ time.
Melbourne metal band Bateman and support band Nola, from Japan, will come to Echuca as part of Bateman’s week-long album tour of Australia.
Along with gigs in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle and Bendigo, the two bands will play a show at the Shamrock Hotel on Monday, April 14.
They will be joined by local part-indigenous band, Terra Guard, on the night.
Former Echuca resident and Bateman drummer Gareth Leach said he saw an article in the Riv a couple of weeks ago about the need for more youth music events in Echuca and was inspired to set up a tour stop here.
‘‘We are playing a show in Bendigo on the Sunday and had two days before the next show of the tour in Newcastle,’’ he said.
‘‘I wanted to show the boys Echuca anyway, because being a local, I wanted to show the Nola guys a cool town with a great history that I was really proud of.’’
The Australian tour will be a first for the band Nola, which hails from Tokyo.
Singer Takeru Kunugida told Mr Leach the band looked forward to a taste of Australia.
Nola was particularly excited about coming to do some of the regional shows.
‘‘Playing in the smaller towns and sharing our music with their people will be good because we are from a very big city with a lot of people,’’ Mr Kunugida said.
‘‘It will be a nice change and we look forward to it.’’
Mr Leach said it was a bit of a struggle to get a venue in Echuca to take a chance on putting on such an event, especially on a Monday night.
Mr Leach was grateful the Shamrock Hotel got behind the idea and provided its cellar as the venue, which he said was a great space for the show.
‘‘I can’t think of a better place than a small, dark, underground room to be filled with lovers of music having a good time,’’ he said.
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