Cool Camacho

THE title of Pete Murray’s latest album had me stumped.

I had no idea what Camacho meant.

Surely the Byron Bay singer-songwriter wasn’t a big enough fan of Puerto Rican boxer, Héctor Camacho, to name an album after him.

Maybe he enjoyed a Camacho Cigar with a whisky to wind down after a big gig?

“I saw the name Cafe Camacho in a Spanish magazine I had lying around,” Murray explained to the Herald.

“A backpacker told me that the word meant cool in Spanish.

“To me that was the title of the album.

“When I asked someone if they liked the name they told me it sounded cool so I knew straight away that that’s what I wanted to call it.”

Listening to Camacho from beginning to end you’ll notice a recurring lyrical theme of moving forward and not looking back.

Murray was only 22 year’s old when his father suddenly died.

“My father had his own watchmaking business and he worked very hard with it for his entire life,” he says.

“When he was ready to semi-retire he and mum bought a caravan and they were going to travel Australia and then settle on the sunshine coast.”

A month before his folks were to set off on the adventure of a lifetime, his father suffered a fatal heart attack.

“What happened to my father is a big influence on the music I write and the way I live my life,” Murray says.

“I was angry about it and I never wanted that to happen to me.

“I wanted to have a good time and to me, it was all about lifestyle.

“We’re slaves to money and music to me is about doing something that I love, and I do it to enjoy my life.”

With five albums to his name, including the six-times platinum-selling Feeler, Murray was adamant his latest effort had a fresh new sound with “phat beats”.

Murray brought in producer Trials, who’s currently kicking goals as one half of Aussie Hip Hop duo A.B. Original.

Released on June 2, Camacho is a beat-driven, anthemic record with sexy, lush harmonies.

It’s one of those rare albums you can enjoy from beginning to end, and is perfect for a relaxing Sunday afternoon or a late-lunch BBQ.

“It took me six years to put this album together and I wanted it to be strong from start to finish,” Murray says.

“I’m sick of people only playing singles and I wanted to take listeners back to an era where an album told a story.”

Murray plays the Fremantle Arts Centre on September 2.

Tickets and details at http://www.fac.org.au.

by MATTHEW EELES

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