Byron Short and The Sunset Junkies will perform at The Royal Mail on January 16. Photo: Tammy Silva - Brisbane Local Bands.
Byron Short and The Sunset Junkies will perform at The Royal Mail on January 16. Photo: Tammy Silva - Brisbane Local Bands.

Muso to debut "gritty" new sound at Ipswich gig

THERE has never been a time in Byron Short's life where he hasn't been mad about music.

Since moving to Brisbane to start his career at the age of 17, the talented musician has traveled Australia and the United States as a solo performer.

Now, with four albums under his belt, the 23-year-old is getting back to his garage band roots with his upcoming show.

After years watching live bands perform at Goodna's iconic blues and roots venue, The Royal Mail Hotel,  Byron is now preparing to jump out of the crowd and onto the stage for a four hour live show alongside band, The Sunset Junkies.

"The boys in the band are all well-known in the local blues scene so a lot of Royal Mail fans will know them," he said.

"We've all got similar influences from B.B. King and Muddy Waters to Hendrix and The Beatles.

"Our music is a synthesis of a lot of different styles and we've always worn our influences on our sleeve."

Byron said the band was preparing to release a new album mid-next year.

"I've been playing music since I was a little tyke. When I moved to Brisbane I started Byron Short and The Sunset Junkies before breaking away to follow a solo career," he said.

"Now we've got a full band again the new album will be really stripped back, dirty blues that'll be really gritty and closer to our live sound.

"It's hard hitting and will be a great rock album."

The musician said the five hour show would include songs from the unreleased album, original tunes, covers as well as some surprise special guests.

"We'll throw some golden oldies in there as well to keep the audience on their feet," he said.

"This year is all about expanding the band's territory and touring the new album.

"We've got a lot of high calibre musicians on board so it should be a great afternoon at the Royal Mail."

Byron Short and The Sunset Junkies will perform live at the Royal Mail Hotel on Saturday, January 16 from 3pm - 7pm.

Entry is free.

The band will also be performing in the Country Conquers Cancer live show at The Zoo in Brisbane on January 28 from 7.30pm to raise money for leukaemia.

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