The last time ageless Aussie punk-rocker Jay Whalley took to the stage in Wagga was a night to remember.
“I don’t remember a thing actually,” the 45-year-old vocalist laughed.
“I think that was our second time in town but that night was great - was it at the Red Lion?”
We may never discover where Whalley went that glorious evening but the Frenzal Rhomb frontman knows one thing for sure - he’s pumped to be heading back.
“It’s very, very, exciting,” Whalley said.
“We’re on tour and we’re coming right back to Wagga - it’s been way too long.”
Perennial mischief-makers Frenzal Rhomb have been slamming and jamming on Australian stages for more than 25 year with their tongue-in-cheek brand of frenetic funk punk but its the intimate affairs that keep the band together.
“Playing gigs is more fun in the country; the crowds are closer, the music seems louder and it’s just slightly more dangerous,” Whalley said.
“We’ve just wrapped up the glamorous part of our Australian tour this year doing the big cities but this is what I’ve really been looking forwards to.”
Without that thrill, Whalley believes there would be no Frenzal Rhomb.
“It’s the one thing that’s kept the band together - all these amazing shows,” he said.
“You just feed off the energy.”
The band has previously rocked out at Noise festival in Wagga and the infamous Red Lion affair but Whalley is hoping for an even bigger affair this month.
“We’ve just come off our sixth ARIA loss (nomination without a win) so we’re trying to pick ourselves up and dust off with a good run in Wagga,” he laughed.
“We’ve been around for a while now and it’s nice to see people are still enjoying the new stuff we put out.
“Normally we like to put out an album every six years so we’ll be sitting on our most recent one for awhile, I think.”
Frenzal Rhomb will play at the Home Tavern on Friday, December 15. Tickets are available online.