Route 33 have recently released their new album Coro Drive.
This album has recently been awarded #1 Aria on the Australian Country Album Chart, #7 on the Aria Australian Album Chart and #26 Aria Album Chart. All three singles of this album, have received massive support across the music industry and have been on high rotation at all major country stations across Australia. Cementing their position in the country line up.
The 11 track Coro Drive album was recorded at Red Engine Studios and co-produced by award winning producers Steve James and Andrew Cochrane who brought some impressive talent to the table to encourage a rock/mainstream sound without losing the country influence.
Route 33, Trent McArdle and Jock Barnes, met when McArdle played sport against Barnes’ older brother. It was that same sibling that then encouraged the pair to jam together and combine their formidable talents.
“I managed to throw us in the deep end and went ahead and locked in some cover gigs with local pubs in Ipswich,” Barnes explains, “and from there we have just gone from strength to strength in the cover scene, playing at such events like Roma Cup, Warwick Rodeo and even a private party for Richard Branson.”
Experience which means Route 33 are well versed in what type of songs engage an audience and get it dancing. “Cutting our teeth in the cover scene for eight years has paid dividends in terms of stage presence, crowd interaction and, most importantly, song choices,” Barnes says. “There would be direct correlation between our songwriting/collaborating and our experiences with crowd interaction.”
Since their first single release Last First Kiss from their debut album The Switch in November 2016, Route 33 have featured on line ups at Tamworth Country Music Festival, Gympie Music Muster, CMC Rocks and Rockin Rocky. The single hit #1 on the iTunes Country Music Chart and #6 on the Aria Country Music Chart.
Our Hometown Heroes Route 33 are just down to earth Aussie blokes who make damn good music. So what inspires them?
Where do you consider your Hometown to be ?
Trent – Sunshine Coast
Jock – Kingaroy
But you live in Brisbane now, how would you describe the people/culture ?
It is becoming a lot more cultured, big country town forever and a day, but now it’s starting to get precincts like Melbourne and the hipsters are coming out of the woodwork!
What makes your Hometown ‘home’ ?
The fact it is big enough for there to always be something to do, but small enough that you can turn up to your local social spot and still know everyone.
What is the most iconic thing about your hometown ?
I suppose the Brisbane river as the city is basically built around it, Jock is lucky enough to live in an apartment looking over both the river and city.
Tell us a bit about Brisbane’s live music scene ?
It thankfully hasn’t been hurt by government regulations like southern states. The scene was super iconic in the 90’s with residents at local bars being Bernard Fanning, Keith Urban, Jon Stevens, etc. Brisbane has an amazing RnB music scene at the moment and also with the help of EKKA and Johnny Ringo’s as well as the major festivals that are country based in South East Queensland, country music is also booming.
How has Brisbane and it’s community shaped your music style?
We believe that the country pop sound is becoming more and more similar to RnB chord progression, so playing with a lot of these masters in this genre, helps us with writing/construction of songs.
Do you feature or mention your Brisbane in any of your music?
Our band/album names are all Brisbane references.
What drew you to being a part of the Hometown Fest event this year?
I’m sure when this is announced there will be a huge buzz. CMC Rocks has been leading the way and the demand has been huge. I think Hometown Fest will have a line up as equal if not better, but the inner city feel, and the structure of this festival is like nothing Australia has seen.
What can Hometown Fest audiences expect from a Route 33 set at this year’s festival?
As always, high energy and hopefully a lot of fun!