My Disco is a musical collaboration between Liam Andrews (bass, vocals), Rohan Rebeiro (drums) and Ben Andrews (guitar) that formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2003. Named after a Big Black song, the band contains member of the former Clann Zú, Days Of Iris and Heartfeltself. In 2003, My Disco performed their first shows in small venues in and around Melbourne, including many 2 PM all-ages house shows. Late 2003 saw the release of their debut 7", and marked their first Australian tour.
Expatriate is a Sydney-based band consisting of Ben King (vocals, guitar), Chris Kollias (drums), Damian Press (keyboard, guitar, sound engineer) and Dave Molland (bass). Expatriate derive their name from the collective experiences of their youth. Front man Ben King grew up in the midst of Jakarta, behind the walls of a United Nations meets ‘Dazed and Confused’ international school - he was living the contradiction of isolation in a big city.
Only Son is the solo project of former <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/The+Moldy+Peaches" class="bbcode_artist">The Moldy Peaches</a> lead guitarist and <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Stipplicon" class="bbcode_artist">Stipplicon</a> frontman, <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Jack+Dishel" class="bbcode_artist">Jack Dishel</a>. Born Yevgeny Leonidovich Dishel in the former Soviet Union, Jack arrived in America as a three-year-old Russian refugee. A music fanatic from a young age, Jack got his first ramshackle drum set after seeing Tommy Lee spinning in midair above the crowd in Motley Crue's “Wildside” video. That spawned his "suburban metal head" phase which gave way to a lengthy “urban street kid" period which began at the age of 14 upon hearing "Fuck The Police" on a friend's stereo system in Queens.
The title "Oh Ye Denver Birds" was taken from a phrase out of the book "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac. Oh Ye Denver Birds is a project formed by Dominic Stephens in late 2008 and has now become a quartet. Oh Ye Denver Birds is known as an ambient, alternative folk band with elements of surf rock and accapella and is based in Brisbane. Some have written "haunted alternative folk with pop sensibilities...Ambient melodies from the early morning, earthly percussion and choir-like harmony". Somewhere between Grizzly Bear and The Beatles.
Gorillaz are a British virtual band formed in 1998 by a collaboration between Damon Albarn of Britpop band Blur and Jamie Hewlett, co-creator of the comic book Tank Girl. They had the idea to create the band while watching MTV in their London flat and originally intended to call the project Gorilla. The band is comprised of four fictional band members: 2-D (vocals, keyboard), Murdoc Niccals (bass), Noodle (guitar, vocals) and Russel Hobbs (drums). These characters only appear in animated form and are not alter-egos of real people, as is often mistakenly assumed.
The EPs and the albums by Beirut are largely the work of Zach Condon, a young Santa Fe, New Mexico native. Condon has recorded before: when he was fifteen and under the name of Realpeople, he made an electronic record, fashioned after his love for The Magnetic Fields. Condon was a straight-A student until he dropped out at the age of 17 to travel Europe with his cousin in a drunken haze, cavorting and partying with the locals wherever he ended up.
Grand Salvo is Paddy Mann - a musician from Melbourne who has been performing and recording albums for around a decade. He has produced five albums which have received critical acclaim, his most recent is titled "Soil Creatures". "Death", released March 15, 2008, through Spunk Records, in association with Preservation, is an 'animal' concept album that focuses on a "bird, a rabbit, a rat, a bear and a man all telling their own tale, coming together to weave a fairytale," and features vocalist Zoe Randell.
Little Fish is the work of singer songwriter Julia Sophie (electric/acoustic guitar/vocals) and Neil Greenaway (drums). The sound of Little Fish is stripped back, direct and defiantly punky in spirit, but also melodic and true to the song.
The song lyrics come direct from the heart. They are often poetic, reflective and brutally honest, as seen in the lyrics of Bob Dylan and PJ Harvey. Julias vocals can range from aggressive and powerful, similar to ex Skunk Anansie vocalist Skin as well as Patti Smith.