Route 33 (Distro only)

McArdle and Barnes, based on the Sunshine Coast and Kingaroy respectively, met when McArdle played sport against Barnes’ older brother. It was that same sibling that, eight years ago, encouraged the pair to jam together and combine their formidable talents.

I managed to throw us in the deep end and went ahead and locked in some cover gigs with local pubs in Ipswich,” Barnes explains, “and from there we have just gone from strength to strength in the cover scene, playing at such events like Roma Cup, Warwick Rodeo and also a private party for Richard Branson.”

That experience means Route 33 are well versed in what type of songs engage an audience and get it dancing. “Cutting our teeth in the cover scene for eight years has paid dividends in terms of stage presence, crowd interaction and, most importantly, song choices,” Barnes says. “There would be direct correlation between our songwriting/collaborating and our experiences with crowd interaction.”

Since their first single release ‘Last First Kiss’ from their debut album ‘The Switch’ in November 2016, Route 33 have featured on line ups at Tamworth Country Music Festival, Gympie Music Muster and Logan Flood Aid. ‘Last First Kiss’ hit no.1 on the iTunes Country Music Chart and no.6 on the Aria Country Music Chart, with the film clip hitting some impressive numbers of 50,000 views in the first week.

With music as effortlessly catchy as Route 33’s, crowd interaction seems a fait accompli. Now it’s time to hit the road and find all those good times that lie ahead.

Get Route 33’s single, Kryptonite, here:

And get their latest single, Hands of Time, featuring Sarah McLeod here: