When Matt Preen and Alex Whiteman made their live music debut at an event at a Bunbury pharmacy, they could only have dreamed of the jumping hoards of young people flocking to their shows these days. Although the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to provide crowds similar in size to their short foray into the pharmacy music scene, Preen, Whiteman and fellow Great Gable band members Callum Guy and Christopher Bye will be headed to the South West next month for their first tour in eight months. Lead guitarist Preen and frontman Whiteman linked up with bass player Bye and drummer Guy after moving to Perth to study and last month released their debut album, Tracing Faces, celebrating the release at a launch in Fremantle. The album, which Preen describes as “eclectic”, features instruments seldom heard on the band’s previous EPs with extra layers of keyboard and synthesiser, influenced by the work of Matt Corby who helped as a producer. “When we started writing these songs we added some extra sounds like a mellotron and keys because we were pretty inspired by what he had done on his albums, so when he jumped on board it was good because he added that extra 10 per cent we were looking for and he is a pretty good songwriter,” he said. “He just added some extra flavour.” Tracks from Tracing Faces will be prominent in the upcoming tour, including favourites Blur, All my Friends and I Wonder with a hint of some earlier work in what Preen said was likely to be a longer set than on previous tours. “It will mostly be new songs, we will play some old ones as well but I expect it to be a longer set, which will be good,” he said. “We might even have a couple of extra instruments in there, who knows, we will surprise ourselves I think.” With interstate travel an impossibility, extra shows have been added in WA, with shows in Bunbury, at the Prince of Wales Hotel on October 16, Margaret River, at The River on October 17 and Dunsborough, at the Dunsborough Tavern on October 24 book-ended by runs in Perth. “We haven’t played down south in quite a few years now so we are super looking forward to it,” Preen said.