Since forming in 2000, Mikelangelo And The Black Sea Gentlemen have been gathering accolades for their superlative, part fairy-tale, part cabaret, part cautionary huckstering live performance. Playing a number of festivals worldwide – including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – they’ve honed their approach and reeled in punters with an ear for the more curiously strait-laced (in a completely Victorian, bodices-and-waistcoats kind of way) side of the gypsy-folk spectrum
Matt Sonic began a music career at a Brisbane musical institution, Red Zeds Studios, in early 1996, cutting a demo with musical maestro David Atkins in the wee hours of the morning. The demo, Rebel Riders From Mars, would form a template of the deep and subsonic sounds that have become trademark of his bands that followed through the next 10years. Late 2008 saw Matt touring Australia, from Coober Pedy to Coolangatta playing bass for Magic Dirt, and writing a debut solo album in the back seat of a Holden Commodore.
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Grips & Tonic is the new rap project of J.J. Peters (Of Deez Nuts and I Killed the Prom Queen) and Louie Knuxx. Their debut album "Want Some, Get Some" was released in June on Stomp Records. They've dropped a new mixtape in 2010, it's called Songs To Fuck Your Hand To and is available to download on their myspace. www.myspace.com/gripsntonic
Inspired by the remnants of the post punk/electronic/noise scene of the 80's, and coinciding with the rise of "techno" and rave culture in the early 90’s, Itch-E & Scratch-E were born. During the years that followed Itch-E & Scratch-E, aka Andy Rantzen and Paul Mac, were at the forefront of a movement quickly gathering momentum. When The Boiler Room was added to the Big Day Out, Itch-E & Scratch-E were there, preaching their beats to the ravers, but importantly, also to the rock kids in Nirvana T-shirts. A cross-pollination had begun.
Pennywise was formed in 1988 in Hermosa Beach, California by four members Jim Lindberg (vocals), Fletcher Dragge (guitar), Byron McMackin (drums) and Jason Thirsk (bass). They released two EPs: A Word from the Wise (1989) and Wildcard (1992). Each of the band members had played in other bands in the Hermosa Beach, California area and attended the same high school. The group signed to Epitaph Records in 1990 and released their first album Pennywise (1991). The album quickly spread throughout the punk community, earning the band some nation-wide recognition.
Having taken their wares across the vast span of North America, New Zealand and Australia Daysend have fused an array of musical genres to create a hard edged yet melodic metal sound. The explosive Sydney five piece rocketed into existence in 2003 with all the passion and determination that has propelled them to the very top of their country's heavy music scene. Later that year the band released their debut album, 'Severance' which was voted by listeners of high rating radio station Triple J as Number One Australian Metal Album of that same year.
Influenced by the likes of Etta James, Nick Cave, Portishead and The Beatles, Kira Puru & The Bruise are a blues quartet hailing from Newcastle, Australia. Leading lady Kira Puru, was one of the winners of Triple J radio's 2012 APRA/AMCOS Song Summit competition
Hailing from Melbourne. Joel Spence & The Mercury Drive have had a successful 2009/2010 season. Playing major music festivals- Summerdayze (Melbourne), Kiss My Grass (Melbourne) and Future Music Festival (Sydney). Following their Debut EP in 2009 - September 2010 has seen the release of their Debut Album “Memory via Satellite“. Major events have included playing the Palladium Room in Crown Casino, Royal Melbourne’s Good Friday Appeal as well as major support’s of house hold Australian acts Spiderbait (April 2010) & Jon Stevens (October 2010).
Mumford & Sons are a folk/bluegrass group formed in London in September 2008. The band consists of Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, guitar, bass drum), Country Winston (banjo, slide guitar, vocals), Ted Dwayne (double bass, drums, vocals), and Ben Lovett (keyboards, vocals). Having received critical acclaim from The Guardian on their “Band of the Day” online forum, and resounding praise from nearly everyone who has witnessed them supporting The Maccabees and Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons continue to turn heads in London’s growing folk scene.