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Sunday Safari returns to the Byron Brewery Buddha Bar this Sunday with live bands and DJs playing the band room and the beergarden. From afternoon until evening, it’s a very comfortable mini-festival, all in one venue.

Two of the performing acts answered a few questions in the lead-up to their gig.


How does it feel to be returning to the shores of Byron Bay? I love Byron – went surfing there every year when I was a grom (parents live down the coast at Coffs Harbour). Broke my leg in the mud at Splendour in Byron and nearly lost my virginity there too.

What can you tell us about your recent project Twinsy ? It’s a project my mum can dance to and she can tell her friends at ukulele classes that her son is in a band. A drunken fusion of myself, Guy from Yacht Club and Michael Belsar from Hunting Grounds going tropical.

How do you usually go about preparing for each of your performances? Two to three hours re-editing tracks, working on tricks, a hip flask and some hat changes.

How did 2011 wrap up for you and your shows? It was a quieter year for me working on Twinsy and Parachute Youth Running sweat it out and working on Ajax original stuff.

Do you have any memorable performances to date? Hmmm Daft Punk support for Australia, Parklife, First Justice tour, Diplo… shit, too many to mention.

What can our Sunday Safari audience look forward to in this performance? A smuggled hip flask, a hat change, and smashing the edit.

The Cairos:

This show is part of your ‘We All Buy Stars’ tour. How has it been going so far? It’s been really fun. We’ve been hanging out with the Chicks Who Love Guns guys a lot, who are opening most the shows on the tour. Skateboarding, drinking longnecks, parks etc. Byron will be the last date of the tour; we love it there so yeah, pretty ideal!

Your single of the same name has been getting some pretty rave reviews. Did you guys expect (or at least hope) for this kind of reaction? We didn’t actually think it should be the first single off the EP. The rest of the songs we have are quite a bit different but it looks like it was the right decision.

What are your plans for 2012 after the tour wraps up? We’re releasing our EP on 6 April. After that we’re basically touring throughout most parts of the year. There first one is a month-long tour with Bluejuice throughout April. It should be pretty rad.

Can we expect an album out anytime soon? We haven’t even released the EP yet, hahaha. We are writing a lot of songs so I’d say an album would be a nice progression.

How did you guys come to form as a band? Alfio (guitar), Alistair (singer), Reuben (bass) all went to Brisbane State High School together in Brisbane. Ali and Alf started the band with a couple of guys who now play in Last Dinosaurs. After they left I (BC) and Reuben came into the band and it’s been puppy dogs and candy canes every since. That was years ago now.

How has the journey been so far with all this media and excitement surrounding your band? It’s been great being able to get our songs out there easier and I guess gets more people to our shows which is sweet, it leaves us with more time to play music and be a band, which is the best thing I think.

What can our audience expect from you guys at this Sunday Safari? Some tired young boys celebrating the end of a long month over a couple of the Byron Bay Brewery’s finest amber nectars…

Sunday at the Buddha Bar from 5pm.

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