Music runs in the blood for Suze DeMarchi, lead singer and guitarist from Australian rock band, Baby Animals.
“My mum was a singer so I was surrounded by music while I was growing up,’’ DeMarchi said.
“We listened to a variety of great music throughout the years.
“I didn’t really discover my voice until I was 17-years-old, when I auditioned for a band and got the gig.
“After I performed with the band at the first show, that’s when I knew I wanted to head down a musical path as a career. I knew I could pull it off if I did it right – which I didn’t for a long time.”
She said it took a long time before she got her act together.
“I learnt a lot after I moved to England for four years and landed a record deal,’’ she said. “It was only until after I returned to Australia and put the band Baby Animals together and got serious about it all.”
DeMarchi grew up listening to a lot of 70s English rock.
“Led Zeppelin, Rainbow, The Rolling Stones, The Pretenders and Cream were big influences for me,” she said.
“My brother and I had a massive record collection and were very much into rock bands in my teens. I still listen to the same classics to this day.”
The Australian rock band took a break from 1996 and reformed in 2007.
“I moved to America and lived there for 16 years. I became a mum and did a solo record,” she said.
“Baby Animals didn’t begin again until after I returned to Australia.”
Baby Animals will tour the country in February and March to mark the 25th anniversary of the release of their single One Word.
The band will perform on Friday at Rooty Hill RSL, fronted by DeMarchi, alongside guitar legend Dave Leslie, bassist Dario Bortolin and drummer Mick Skelton.
We’re really excited to return to Rooty Hill. We’ve played plenty of gigs there before and always love the enthusiasm and energy we receive from the audience.Suze DeMarchi
“We’re really excited to return to Rooty Hill. We’ve played plenty of gigs there before and always love the enthusiasm and energy we receive from the audience,” DeMarchi said.
She said audience members can expect a mix of new and old songs, as well as rock classics from INXS.
“We like to give people what they want. We like to put on a show the fans will never forget and mostly, have fun.”
- 8pm, February 3 at Rooty Hill RSL, 55 Sherbrooke Street, Rooty Hill. Tickets: $40; Bookings essential: 9625 5500 or rootyhillrsl.com.au.