After 13 long months, Peking Duk are absolutely itching to get back on stage and caress the crowd with their new music.
And for the Canberra boys, it will be a special kind of homecoming this Saturday when they return for a DJ set at Wine Machine – one of the first major music festivals in Canberra since the COVID-19 pandemic.
One half of the talented duo, Reuben Styles said the longest they had gone without playing a set prior to the pandemic was about three weeks and even that timeframe left them begging to get back on stage.
“That itch is now being felt a thousand times worse,” he said.
“You starve someone of anything and they are going to be pretty hungry for it.”
Despite the break, Canberra can still expect a high energy set when Saturday night (27 March) rolls around.
“COVID has not changed anything about how we play – just how excited we are to play,” Reuben said.
“If there is dancing then that is as good as it gets. Having not played in so long, even if people have to lie down, I would be OK with that, I just want to play.”
“Playing our live show is great because we play all our own songs but with the DJ set we can throw in some absolute bangers and turn it into an absolute steamer.”
Peking Duk will join Lime Cordiale, the Bag Raiders, Young Franco, Alice Ivy, Nyxen, Don West and Hot Dub Time Machine on stage at Commonwealth Park for the festival.
But the Duk might be a more frequent addition to Canberra’s menu with Reuben trying to convince his wife to make the move from Sydney after visiting the capital more times in the last year than in the last decade.
“Whenever there is a free weekend I’m like, I might just do the little highway scoot down for a beer,” he said.
“I said to my partner, what do you reckon, should we go back?”
While she hasn’t been as receptive as Canberrans might like, Reuben is still taking every opportunity he can to come down and write new music, including working with Max Conway, the vocalist from Slow Turismo.
“I spent the whole last 13 months in the studio working on new music, revisiting old music, making songs for other artists and doing heaps of stuff with my side project, You’re Only Great Always,” Reuben said.
“I’ve had the best time.”
For more information on the festival, visit www.wine-machine.com.