It will be a warm homecoming for Albany indie rocker Carla Geneve next week when she returns to the stage where she cut her teeth. The rising star of WA’s music scene will play at the White Star Hotel — one of three WA shows to mark the release of her single Don’t Wanna Be Your Lover, the first from her debut album. With a lot of experience under her belt, a collection of her own acclaimed songs and thousands of extra fans, she has come a long way since her early days playing at the Albany pub as a teenager. The venue was an obvious choice for the Albany leg of her three-show tour — and she said she could not wait to come home. Touring to the city where she grew up was an exciting way to emerge from COVID-19 restrictions, Geneve said. “When I first started playing, it was at the White Star on Sundays and it was the first place I really started gigging,” she said. “I think I learnt a lot about performing there. “I had a lot of fun times there and it feels really nice. “This is what I wanted to be doing back then and I guess I am doing it now. “I think it will be a really nice show because we are really excited to be playing again, which people will be able to pick up on.” Although she joked the whole crowd might be family and friends, the truth is fans from across the region are snapping up tickets. The last time Geneve played to an Albany crowd was the Wignalls concert in January 2019. Since then, she has completed her maiden tour of the US with San Cisco, sold out shows across Australia, and dominated the 2019 WAM Awards. Passionate about bringing music to country towns, Geneve said she hoped the Australian music industry was entering a new era for regional tours, in which people did not miss out on so much because they lived outside the city. “Albany is a long way away and I know now how hard it is to manage performing financially, but I hope that with the borders being closed to WA that it is going to spark a new movement of people touring in regional areas,” she said. “I think it is so important because there are a lot of music fans out of the city, but also a lot of kids that want to play music and don’t get the opportunity to witness it, which is such an important part. “I know when I was younger and someone came to Albany I was so grateful. “It was really important to me so I want to do it back.” Geneve plays at the White Star Hotel from 8pm on Sunday, August 2. For tickets, visit oztix.com.au.