Dillon to bob up at Settlers

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Noah Dillon will play at Settler Tavern tonight at 9.30pm
Camera IconNoah Dillon will play at Settler Tavern tonight at 9.30pm Credit: Supplied/Busselton-Dunsborough Times, Supplied

Fremantle songwriter Noah Dillon will bring his “twisted and dark” folk storytelling to Settlers Tavern tonight.

Drawing on influences from Modest Mouse to Courtney Barnett, Dillon has turned his Fremantle following into a national fan base — and with recent shows in Esperance, Albany, Busselton and Margaret River, his country-tinged folk is mesmerising regional crowds.

Dillon said he empathised with near- namesake Bob Dylan and other singer songwriters who wrote from a sad place but was working on a “cathartic, memorable experience” at his live shows.

“I pride myself in providing songs with honest and real qualities. Some people may not be completely ready for that but eventually by the end of the set they’re won over,” he said.

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Folk anthem Don’t Act Like You Know Me addresses the sense of loss and separation from losing touch with someone significant.

“I wrote that track about the strange feeling of emotional limbo you get when you know someone so well and for whatever reason you become distant,” he said.

Dillon and his band recently wrapped up a sold-out national tour during which they toured the triple J studios.

Dillon said he was keen to share his emotive songs with a wider audience.

“We were really surprised at the amazing reception we got over east, I’m really grateful people believed in me,” he said.

“I want to keep everyone listening on their toes while also keeping a coherent story line.”

The result of Dillon’s engaging storytelling is a full composition of emotion told from a brutally honest perspective.

Dillon draws on his personal experience to drive his songwriting.

It was his time at an elite private school which inspired the track The Man I’m Not.

He said the social structure and hyper-masculinity pressured him to be something he wasn’t.

“I think a lot of people these days struggle with the pressures of growing up,” he said.

“This was a way of me saying I will be who I want to be.”

Noah Dillon will play at Settler Tavern tonight at 9.30pm
Camera IconNoah Dillon will play at Settler Tavern tonight at 9.30pm Credit: Supplied

Dillon and his band have just wrapped up recording a six-track EP at Stella Donnelly’s Tunafish studio.

Everything Melts is due for release in September.

Even with big things in the pipeline, Dillion said live gigs remained a huge focus for the group.

“Our live performance is where I feel most comfortable because I feel like it’s the most natural forum to listen to music,” he said.

“We can’t wait to play Settlers.

“We’re all very big fans of Margaret River and I’m right into surfing, so we take any opportunity we can to get down there.”

Support act Ghost Care will take to the stage at 10pm, with Dillon kicking off at 11pm.

Entry is free.

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