Perth has a special place in Suze’s heart

David SalvaireGeraldton Guardian

Suze DeMarchi is a Perth girl through and through.

Despite leaving WA more than 40 years ago, the Baby Animals frontwoman still calls Perth her spiritual home.

In her time away DeMarchi has kept herself incredibly busy with a solo project, two kids and numerous albums with Baby Animals.

Speaking from her Coogee house in Sydney, the 62-year-old said she had been trying to find her way back home for most of her life.

“Yeah, Perth is still my special place,” she said.

“The work is here in Sydney, unfortunately, but I’m still trying to get back there to Perth. I was just there playing with Bryan Adams and we’re coming back for Redhill so I definitely still get to hang out with my family.”

After Baby Animals was disbanded in 1994, DeMarchi embarked on a solo career while based in the US.

The singer, who released her second solo record last year, said she had trouble adjusting to life without her band mates at her side.

“It’s really boring,” DeMarchi said.

“I’m better in a band than I am solo because I really love the camaraderie of playing with a group of people.

“You build up a relationship over a long period of time and there’s a school yard humour there which I really love.

“There’s also that level of support that you have onstage which you need because it’s hard to keep it together if someone is having an off night.

“I love doing shows but I also love that personal dynamic of the recording process as well.”

Baby Animals have reformed and been busy in the studio after taking a brief break after their drummer Mike Skelton was injured in a car accident.

DeMarchi said she still had the fire in the belly, which kept her motivated to continue writing.

“We’ve all got these great ideas and things we want to put in the melting pot,” she said.

“The studio is always heaps of fun. I love that creative side of it. I don’t want to say I was born to do it, but I think I was born to do it.

“The minute you lose that fire, then I don’t think there’s any reason to keep going.”

This year will mark the Baby Animals’ 25th anniversary, with the rockers showing no signs of slowing up any time soon.

Despite the milestone, DeMarchi said things had not changed too much within the group, but there are a few more distractions.

“With two kids now, there’s always a lot of stuff to deal with,” she said.

“I’m a single mum and I love being around my kids, but I find it very challenging. Parenting is the most challenging job in the world.”

Baby Animals play the 2016 Redhill Concert tonight.

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