Rock group Marmalade Mama will enjoy a home crowd advantage later this month.
The group will entertain fans and festival-goers at Bunbury’s Fringe Hub from 9.30pm on Saturday, February 17.
Vocalist and bassist Patrick Smith was excited to return to Bunbury and reunite with local fans.
"We’re from down that way so it’s always good to come home and play in Bunbury,” he said.
“We enjoy playing together, we love playing live music and if we didn’t like it we probably wouldn’t be doing it as much as we are.”
Drummer Brendan Smith said fringe festivals provided fun venues to play in.
The Smith brothers, along with guitarist Tom Cremasco, have been jamming and performing around Perth for the past two years.
Brendan said the group has changed and developed as they have gone along.
“I think we’ve just become a bit more comfortable about what we’re doing, I think we’ve fallen into our roles,” he said.
“At the start we weren’t too sure about how it was going to go or what sound we were going for.
“In playing live over the past couple of years, we’ve become a lot more comfortable doing what we’re doing and so it’s a lot easier to perform and to write music.”
Last June saw the release of their self-titled EP.
“That was our first crack at a bit of live recording and we played a bunch of shows and had a sell-out show at Mojos, which was exciting,” Brendan said.
In 2018, the group plans to take it easy and focus on the craft.
“We spent the past few years gigging pretty much every weekend so it will be nice to take a bit of a step back and focus a bit more on writing,” Patrick said.
“We hope to record some more material to be out towards the end of the year.”
Despite the packed live shows and fans across WA, the band has not forgotten its roots.
“We had a lot of school concerts as well as Relay for Life and concerts at the Graham Bricknell Music Shell so there were a lot of opportunities to play in front of big crowds at a young age,” Patrick said.
Visit bunburyfringe.com for more details on the festival’s line-up.