“I grew up on a very heavy diet of AC/DC, Bon Scott era in particular. I still get goose bumps whenever I hear the hallowed opening of Highway to Hell come on. They’re a band that keeps on giving as far as influence and inspiration goes” – (Dion Mariani – Custom Royal)
Fuelled by grittily compacted rock and backed by a raw bluesy croak, AC/DC were one of the hottest bands in the 70s and 80s. And even still – after frontman Bon Scott’s death in 1980 and decades on – the band’s legendary sound and music influence remains strong.
Formed by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young in 1973, AC/DC scream all things rock n’ roll. With meaty guitar licks, powerful vocals and unprecedented snarls that have a real sting to it, their sound – a true masterpiece – was defined very quickly.
The Newport Hotel’s exclusive Record Club recognises some of Western Australia’s most iconic and beloved musicians. Boosting the local music in a very promising light, the next chapter of season 3 pays tribute to AC/DC’s Highway To Hell with Perth rockers Custom Royal. You can read more about The Newport Record Club and Co-Founder’s Steve Parkin and Malcolm Clark’s insight into the juicy details here.
Meet Custom Royal
Boasting a punchy rock sound with an Arctic Monkeys / The Vines infused flavour, Custom Royal are made up of Dion Mariani (guitar), Mitchell Mackintosh (guitar), Cameron O’Loughlin (bass) and Darcy Barnard (drums).
“We’ll be performing Highway to Hell in all its glory. Being an original band, the opportunity to be a part of something like The Newport Record Club is a whole different ball game and a totally new challenge for us as a band and as individual musicians”. says Mariani. “Unfortunately none of us can sing like Bon Scott, so that spot has been rightfully filled by a friend, local muso and legend, Dean Oliver. We’ve had a fantastic year as Custom Royal playing some super rad shows across Perth riding off the release of our debut EP”.
Let There Be Rock… With AC/DC
Highway to Hell was the fifth studio album released by AC/DC. As the last album that featured Bon Scott – it’s one of their most influential; laced with dirty rock riffs, blues flavour and super charged dynamics. With a Chuck Berry influenced rock n’ roll sound, AC/DC produced an album that was hard in flavour and filled with rock aggression like no other.
Breathtaking and ferociously potent, AC/DC led their fans to commercial heights. With magnetic personalities, blues swagger and slow flirtations – they created an album that drove fans wild, fulfilled musicians and inspired the dull.
“I don’t even know where to begin. I personally grew up on a very heavy diet of AC/DC, Bon Scott era in particular. As a young tucker I was totally captivated by Angus and AC/DC and everything about them. The records, the live shows, the instruments, the sounds, the everything. It’s the reason I own a bloody Gibson SG and I’m pretty sure the first album I owned was an AC/DC album… I practically murdered my ears with AC/DC!” Says Mariani.
“Highway to Hell probably stands as my favourite AC/DC record and is very high up there as one of my personal favourite albums of all time. I still get goose bumps whenever I hear the hallowed opening of Highway to Hell come on. They’re a band that keeps on giving as far as influence and inspiration goes”.
“Just learning this album in acute detail has been yet another huge lesson of Acca Dacca brilliance for me and I think there’s so much that can be learned and or taken from their records, in particular Highway to Hell. Selfishly, I think I decided we were doing this album. The lads seemed to follow suit pretty easily, it didn’t take much convincing”.
AC/DC with Custom Royal at The Newport Record Club
AC/DC Highway to Hell will be performed in all its entity Thursday 10th September at The Newport Record Club. For details and ticket information make sure you visit the event page here. The Newport Record Club have a total of 14 live shows for season 3 with so much more great music to feature including Sex Pistols, Queen and Bob Marley. You can get the full line up here, or follow The Newport Record Club on Facebook for all the latest updates.
“The Newport Record Club is a unique opportunity for artists to pay homage to their favourite bands and albums, but also a really cool way of bringing together local musos to unashamedly geek out. We’ve spent a lot of time really trying to nail all the aspects of AC/DC’s sound. No doubt it’s a huge task and we’re all pretty nervous, but we’ll give it our best shot. It’s going to be a lot of fun and we can’t wait”.