Another Gem Gig to Pack Ruby’s

Free Press Leader
by Zoe Lewis

ANOTHER high-profile group is set to rock Ruby’s Lounge this Friday. The ARIA-award winning Whitlams will be touring their not-so-new album Little Cloud. Frontman Tim Freedman said he played a solo show at Ruby’s ‘‘two or three years ago’’ and said the young crowd got him to play some of his older songs.

This time around, Freedman said the band would play songs from Little Cloud, but also older material. ‘‘The front rows (of the crowd) like the old stuff, they’re the real fans and sometimes it can be skewed towards them,’’ Freedman said.

Little Cloud, but also older material. ‘‘The front rows (of the crowd) like the old stuff, they’re the real fans and sometimes it can be skewed towards them,’’ Freedman said.Little Cloudwas released almost a year ago, but Freedman said the band was not yet sick of it. ‘‘We haven’t toured this album as much as past albums so it’s still a bit fresh,’’ he said. Freedman said playing at Ruby’s was almost like playing in a country town. ‘‘When you play a room that small you can reach out and touch people, and I mean physically not spiritually,’’ he said. ‘‘They should have a gig like this in every suburb.’’ Freedman said he would start writing new material in Berlin in May.

The Whitlams are also playing a sold-out show at the Corner Hotel on Saturday. Support band is Special Patrol. Tickets are $27 plus booking fee or $30 at the door. Doors open at 8.30pm and Ruby’s spokeswoman Jennifer Land said people should pre-book tickets as the show was likely to sell out