All the way down here in Sydney, Australia, Rustee is gearing up for the debut production of Adam + Eve: The Clay of Eden, with hopes to take the show around the country and overseas.
A modern rock musical, this romantic adaptation of the Adam & Eve story tells of two street kids, exiled lovers, fighting to find their way in a harsh world. A hint of wonder meets brutally raw reality as the two battle with judgment, temptation, unbreakable love and burning passion on their long, winding road to redemption.
The Clay of Eden is based on the biblical account of Adam and Eve however modernised into a contemporary setting. Although the specifics have been altered, the basic story has been attempted to remain unchanged.
Find out more at www.clayofeden.com
The single Complicated is the 3rd single to be released from the album A+E. Stay tuned for new releases coming shortly.
Ride is the music video released to introduce a musical that is in production. Keep your eyes peeled for The Clay of Eden – coming soon to a stage near you!… Hopefully.
New video clip for Break Free. Enjoy!
For many, the flawless beaches, fluorescent nightlife and bargain bundles found around Thailand mean the perfect holiday destination, but for Aussy musician Rustee it was the birthplace of his passion for music.
Following a brutal and restless first year out of high school, a sober introduction into the ‘real world’, ‘Rustee’ Paul Cattanch chose to escape to an adventure in the refugee camps of Thailand. The refugees known as the Karen are squeezed between two worlds, forced to the borders of one country that doesn’t want them and another that won’t accept them, some living off less than a dollar a day.
“There I saw what life was like, stripped back of the luxuries we take for granted, down to the bare bones and I was shocked to find the richness of what remained. Untouched by the sea of ‘prescribed living’ of what we should own and how we should live, the refugees have no television, no iPads, no hot or running water and even electricity is sparse but what they have in abundance is love, relationships and a rich community living.”
Rustee speaks of how he slept under a mosquito net on the bamboo floor of a hut with no closing doors or window panes, shared by 7 other young men.
“Every evening, we would gather round the one guitar, a $10 setup but that could rattle out a tune, passing it round and singing songs of sadness, of joy and triumph or hardship, songs that meant something and it was staggering the talent there in the camp and how many of the refugees could ‘tear it up’. Music was such a core aspect of their lives and the weeks flew by.”
There was an ever present strict military regime, who both hindered and protected the villages. Rustee remembers one night in particular.
“We (as in westerners) were not allowed in the villages at night. The military at the entrance to each camp, all with automatic riffles slung over the shoulder, were adamant about that. In the village, I was walking back to the hut and passed by a kind of community centre where inside was a band practicing away and a crowd of spectators. I looked over to the drummer, which at the time was my instrument of choice and bless his heart, he might have seen the anticipation in my eyes and offered me up his sticks, gesturing to come play. I couldn’t refuse the offer and I think I shocked most of the crowd when I sat down instantly gelling into the songs. We jammed a good portion of the night and I left with a frozen memory, so fond in my mind…”
“…and that very same night, back in the hut I was woken by these strange shrills and all I could think was that I had been discovered by the military. They were coming to boot me out of the village and who knows what else – then I thought, well if they’re coming anyway I might as well accept it and I went back to sleep. I think it was delirium,” Rustee laughs. “But they never came. Later I introduced drums into the church band. It was funny, all over the camp there was such a richness of music but in the churches they had reverted to a very tame version of what you would find here (in Australia) with pews and a solitary organ but without actually having either. I like to think I might have helped them break out a little.”
Rustee tells of falling in love with a beautiful Thai woman and the heartache of being worlds apart when he returned to his home in Australia.
“The time came to go back home, I didn’t have a choice, they were politely kicking me out of the country.”
But what was instilled within Rustee from the whole experience, among other things was his passion for music, a fire which has been burning ever since. A passion which in 2011, after a lot of hard work saw Rustee score a contract with a record label in Nashville, USA. Unfortunately the company eventually went the way of so many record labels these days, closing up shop, and for Rustee it was mid album. But the fire kept burning and since then Rustee has kept in contact with the CEO, and now together in 2013 they are tackling the music industry to promote his coming album, the first single ‘Break Free’ having been released in September.
For anyone wanting to donate to help the Karen refugees visit www.anglicanoverseasaid.org.au