ELECTRO ROCK: Billy’s Hotel will host ARIA chart climbers Pludo tonight.
ELECTRO ROCK: Billy’s Hotel will host ARIA chart climbers Pludo tonight. Contributed

Wear a whacky t-shirt to Pludo tonight

ARIA chart climbers Pludo will be playing at Billy's tonight for a free show as part of the electro rock group's successful national tour.

The hot duo's Haywire tour was extended following the well-received release of the group's mini-album Haywire and title track hit single, which made it into the ARIA Top 20 Singles chart in October.

Billy's will celebrate the event with a funky Friday theme and a wacky t-shirt competition, so dig out your wackiest t-shirt with the silliest slogan or motif to have a chance to win Billy's Bucks to be used at the bar.

Pludo promises to put on a dynamic live show, featuring a complete recording studio on stage, which the group uses to create a full band sound by recording different instruments and looping the tracks.

Another interesting feature is the super-sized drum kit and the variety of percussion instruments, which includes plasterer's buckets, played throughout the show. If you enjoyed Mason Rack and his keg-drumming, slide-guitar playing dirty blues, you will love Pludo and the high-energy show they deliver.

Pludo was originally started as a solo project by Anthony Kupinic, who was joined by Alex Cooper, whose "amazing raw talent on drums" and "electric energy" elevated the show. Anthony discovered Alex busking on a drum set made out of buckets in Sydney and after a great deal of experimentation they developed a system of being able to play and record the parts other band members would normally perform and loop the sounds live on the spot.

Alex, "a former bucket drummer", received his first real drum kit thanks to backing by Pearl and Zildjian and Pludo had one week of rehearsal in Anthony's studio before touring in Melbourne where everything came together and they knew they could pull it off as a two-piece.

Pludo's sound is an interesting array of piano, strings, synthesizers, electronic drums and live drums but with a strong focus on extremely melodic vocals and emotional lyrics. The duo has cemented their place as a crowd favourite, and the new tour dates announced before Christmas include Gympie's Billy's along with popular venues in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide.

Pludo has been dazzling audiences with their energetic stage presence and thoroughly entertaining live show across Australia since September.

QUICK FACTS

  • Entry to see Pludo at Billy's is free and entertainment starts from 9pm.
  • Doors are open for lunch and dinner.
  • For a preview of the band go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EcvNNYmLHs or check out the link on Billy's Facebook page.