BLUES-rock trio Transvaal Diamond Syndicate are heading south of the border to promote their new single Mexico.
The Queensland outfit have been regular visitors to south-west Victoria in recent years, even headlining last year’s Arockalypse in Warrnambool to great acclaim.
They’re back in the district this weekend as part of a national tour involving 38 shows in two- and-a-half months.
The trio will perform at The Stump in Port Fairy on Saturday night and Warrnambool’s Victoria Hotel on Sunday afternoon.
It’s all in support of Mexico, the third single from their debut album Estranged Blues.
The song is more straight-ahead blues than their previous tracks, which boast a riff-heavy marriage of stoner rock and blues.
“We’re going full blues with our latest track Mexico,” frontman Christian Tryhorn said.
“Although we normally infuse blues progressions with rock breakdowns, this track goes straight 180.”
Transvaal Diamond Syndicate formed four-and-a-half years ago and have earned a reputation as one of the country’s hardest working bands, averaging more than 150 live shows each year (and more than 60,000km).
Among those gigs have been spots at Byron Bay BluesFest, Queenscliff Music Festival and Great Southern BluesFest.
Four of Transvaal Diamond Syndicate’s tracks have gained airplay on Triple J, as well as community radio around Australia, with single Lay You Down sitting in the top 10 of the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project charts for three weeks.
It’s not just Australian radio that has been warming to the band — they’ve had airplay in more than 16 countries and the band is planning a European tour next year.
Transvaal Diamond Syndicate plays at The Stump from 9.30pm on Saturday and at Warrnambool’s Victoria Hotel on Sunday from 3pm.