The ebb and flow of the seas embodies the fluid ethos of Band of Frequencies. Their sound is characterized by a deep groove, intuitive group chemistry and Shannon's husky vocals. With a voice likened to Ray LaMontagne and Ian Ball from Gomez, Shannon's lyrics engagingly affirm the positive through his personal experiences. For the genre hungry, the B.o.F. sound is a mash up of soul/funk breaks, blues/rock riffs, dub/reggae roots, ambient soundtracks and saltwater folk. As Shannon says, Almost every style of music I love originally comes out of Africa. But beyond genre tags, their impeccable musicianship and rich musical history is their strength, which allows them to explore a plethora of styles in their live sets and extended improvisations. Balancing a wholesome dedication to their art, families and the ocean, the band values space for the important things in life to remain front and center. Being independent this is often a longer road but with Band of Frequencies it's definitely more about the journey than the destination. The band is motivated and passionate about environmental issues, especially those relevant to ocean conservation, and this is reflected in their discography and long history of collaborations with groups such as Surfers for Cetaceans and Sea Shepherd. With a swag of albums and accolades including a Qmusic award for Best Blues and Roots song in 2012, B.o.F. have garnered a reputation for consistently making quality music. They have played with many respected artists including Donovan Frankenreiter, Bernard Fanning, John Butler Trio, Angus Stone and Ash Grunwald as well as performing at some of the world's most amazing festivals and events, among them the Billabong; Pipeline Masters, Hawaii; North Shore Film Festival, Hawaii; Surf & Sound Tour, Tokyo, Japan; Cosmic Creek Festival, California, USA. Not to mention some of Australia's premier festivals: Splendour in the Grass, A Day on the Green, Mullum Music Festival, Nannup Music Festival and Woodford Folk Festival.
OKA is a celebration of Freedom, Beauty & Love A celebration of all that it is to be alive and free in the world today, OKA draws upon their indigenous connection to place and country through music. Their signature sound is an irresistible blend of influences spanning house, big beat, reggae-dub, Roots, Jazz and world music. A rhythm based sonic tapestry crossing cultural boundaries, embracing the future without losing sight of the past. “Try to imagine Bob Marley meets Stevie Wonder via the chemical brothers, on acid, playing in a steaming rainforest with a didgeridoo and you are getting close” Almost solely known through word of mouth, the unconventional growth of these Aussie boys defies the norm. Relying on instinct, they have let their music and love for performing dictate direction to create a real time soundtrack, and an empowering vibe leaving listeners hungry for more. Born from a relaxed street jam over 10 years ago, they continue to bring the joy, fluidity and simplicity of their positive music to a much larger, growing audience on a global stage. Independently selling over 150,000 albums, they have shared the stage alongside inspirational acts Arrested Development, Finnley Quay, Xavier Rudd, Dehli to Dublin, Kinnie Starr, Digging Roots to name a few. While sharing the the bill with the likes of Kiss, Santana, Sting, Burning Spear, Yothu Yindi, Beats Antiques, Fat Freddys Drop and The Wailers. OKA have thrieved at festivals throughout Australia, Asia & Nth America including Montreal Jazz (CAN), Winnipeg Folk (CAN), Green Room Festival (JAP), Earthdance & Joshua Tree (CA), Fusion Festival (GERMANY) Bali Spirit (INDO) & Woodford Folk Festival, Rainbow Serpent, Splendour in the Grass (AUS) Sydney Opera House (AUS). In these arenas OKA has sent unsuspecting crowds into hypnotic frenzies, gaining them a strong reputation for their festival highlight standout performances. At the creative heart of the music is Stu Boga Fergie (aka DidgeriSTU) who connects you to earth with the deep subsonic pulse and resonance of his Yidaki (didgeridoo). He is the big man behind the electronic beats, keys & vocals inspired by his aboriginal heritage. The OKA Collective includes captivating melody on guitar, sax, flute & woodwinds woven through organic juju beats of deep tribal fire. A sound & force that touches the heart & feeds the soul. “ Ear to the ground, listen to our sound… a positive soul vibration” – DidgeriSTU
Known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru Shamisen player, George and Noriko have been kicking up a storm wherever they play. George's lightning fast blues licks, and growling harmonica enhanced by the percussive sounds of the traditional, fretless three-string Shamisen has morphed into a kind of bluegrass hard country blues. Since playing together they have won acclaim and a swag of awards including the Mortlake based Australian Busking Championship in 2008. They also performed at WOMADelade in 2010, the National Folk Festival in 2011, the Port Fairy Folk Festival 2012 and touring in New Zealand in 2014. On top of all this, they were also surprise finalists on Australia's Got Talent 2012. Their first joint album "EAST WEST" was released in 2010 and received 4 stars after being reviewed by the ABC Limelight magazine. They prove that the blues is music for everyone, all cultures and ages and are sure to get you toe tapping and dancing! Sounds like Ry Cooder fell into a barrel of sake and came out fighting. - Timber and Steel George and Noriko's unique performances have wowed thousands across the nation on Australia's Got Talent. - that's life!
Hoodoo Guru in Chief, Dave Faulkner was once asked whether the band he sings and plays guitar for, had left an influence. “I know we have,” he replied. “I see it in lots of things going on, but whether it’s our influence or people that we were influenced by, who can tell? I see our way of thinking, which is something that when we started I didn’t see as much of.” The Hoodoo Gurus formed in Sydney on January 1, 1981 to play their first "show" in an inner city lounge room. Core members are Dave Faulkner and Brad Shepherd joined along the way by Mark Kingsmill (’83) and Rick Grossman (’89) The band’s debut Stoneage Romeos, full of garage punk songs and pop references, was named Australian Debut Album of the Year and was released in America where it stayed at number 1 in the Alternative / College charts for 7 weeks, becoming one of the most played albums for the year on the college network. Mars Needs Guitars, the band’s second album, topped the charts and went gold within three weeks and platinum shortly afterwards. Blow Your Cool, released in 1986, was a massive pop hit propelled by the band’s highest charting single 'What's My Scene”. Album 4, Magnum Cum Louder, reaches Number One on the American College and Alternative charts. Followed by albums Kinky, Crank, Blue Cave, Mach Schau and Purity of Essence the band continued to tour regularly through Europe, North America, Australia and Brazil. In 2011 and 2012 the band curated and headlined the extremely successful Dig It Up national tour comprised of some 26 bands and solo artists each year who all shared the same the love of the culture and music that inspired the Hoodoo Gurus. Through Sony Music the Gurus released their successful “Gold Watch” best of compilation in 2011. The Hoodoo Gurus were inducted into Australian Music Hall of Fame in July, 2007.
In 2007, the rumors of a reformed Baby Animals with all original members were confirmed. They released an acoustic CD of their hits titled Il Grande Silenzio on 19 January 2008, as part of the Liberation Blue Acoustic Series. The following month, Liberation Records re-released their previous two albums (Baby Animals and Shaved and Dangerous remastered) as a 2-CD set. The remastered version of their first record was missing the track "Big Time Friends". The band indicated that they had such a great time recording that they wrote more songs which will be released in a future, as-yet-untitled CD. Meanwhile, the band has some Australian tour dates already confirmed for January 2008. The band also appeared live on the Australian breakfast TV program Sunrise on 22 January 2008. On 12 January 2009, The Baby Animals announced another Australian tour, playing 14 shows across Adelaide, Melbourne, Wollongong, Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast during April 2009. Prior to embarking on this tour, it had become evident that the band could not sustain a creative partnership, owing to internal conflicts. With Celenza's resignation and two day later self-reinstatement, and Parise's resentments bubbling beneath the surface, Demarchi and Leslie decided to continue with a couple of hand-picked Sydney musicians, Matt Cornell (bass/ vocals) and Mick Skelton (drums). The tour was a success with fans attending all shows and culminated in a sell-out show at the Metro Theatre in Sydney. There the band was joined onstage for a song by Richard Clapton and for the encore by Bettencourt for a version of Extreme's "Get The Funk Out". In April 2013, the Baby Animals released their first new single - called "Email" - in nearly 20 years. It was followed by the release of a new album entitled This Is Not The End in late May.
Pseudo Echo pioneered the 1980s electro sound in Australia and quickly established themselves as one of the most successful and influential bands in the country. With smash hits like “Listening” and “A Beat for You” from their debut gold album “Autumnal Park” followed by the platinum selling “Love An Adventure” album which featured the hits “Don’t Go”, “Living in a Dream” and the title track “Love an Adventure” the band was set to make its mark on the international stage. Brian Canham (singer/songwriter/guitarist) then came up with the masterstroke to record a killer version of the song “Funky Town”. At just 24 years of age Brian produced a worldwide smash hit which saw them top the Australian charts for 12 weeks, soar to the USA and UK Top 10 as well as dozens of other countries. Pseudo Echo’s Funky Town came to be the unofficial anthem of the 1980s; big hair, bigger hooks and totally unforgettable. It still packs out dance floors 25 years later. Pseudo Echo’s music continues to influence and resonate today with remixes and samples of their songs by renowned DJs such Smash/n/Grab, Sly, Quench and Mr. Quick
Sydney’s Lime Cordiale are storming through 2015 on the back of recent single ‘Hanging Upside Down’, which saw them tour the country and achieve a national Spotlight feature on Spotify Australia in February. The Northern Beaches locals are now excited to release new single ‘Feel Alright’, paired with two exclusive single launch shows in Sydney and Melbourne in July. Inspired by a string of influences from Charles Bradley to Daft Punk to The Roots, ‘Feel Alright’ was recorded with Sydney-based producer Jean Paul-Fung – the second single with JP since their signing to Alberts Music at the end of 2014. Frontman Oli Leimbach on working at Alberts Music in Sydney: “Alberts was a buzz. There's always amazing people coming in and out of there. We'd be in the middle of a session and people like Jake Stone or The Delta Riggs would burst through the door wanting to hear something. There's always mi goreng in the cupboard too.” ‘Feel Alright’ draws from the diversity of Lime Cordiale’s emphatic live show, which has graced countless local and international stages over the last 18 months including two separate twenty-date tours of North America and alongside The Delta Riggs (sold out national tour), Ball Park Music, The Griswolds, Dispatch and Cosmo Jarvis. The five-piece from Sydney’s northern beaches have previously sold-out Newtown Social Club, The Standard and Oxford Art Factory in Sydney, and performed at numerous festivals including Bigsound, Homebake, AWME, Deni Blues, Bluesfest, and SXSW Music Festival in Austin.
As the corner stone of Australia’s ‘east meets west’ electronic scene, Tijuana Cartel have a knack for blending layers of rich, intricate atmospheric soundscapes with pounding bass and luscious vocals to form an electronic beats tapestry that will cut through to your very soul. Simply, there isn’t another band doing what they do. Having spent the last decade mixing in influences that haven’t been fused in the past, their penchant is for Middle Eastern scales, beats that get a floor moving and a general Psychedelic approach in song structure and ethos. Not married to one genre or another, they happily change direction in search of new flavors and inspiration, whenever the moment takes them there.
Ash Grunwald drew attention as a solo artist with the release of his first album, Introducing, leaning heavily on traditional blues, but it was his second album I Don’t Believe released in April of 2004, that would change his state of play. It was his first album - of many to come - to graft technology onto the deeply rooted foliage of the Delta swamp. In 2015 Grunwald continues with his commitment to evolve and to doing so with more mindfulness than ever before. Taking off from the same co-creation ethos of Guargantua – a collaboration with Scott and Andy from The Living End, Ash brought in Ian Perez keyboardist for Wolfmother and Pete Wilkins, former drummer for Blue King Brown to work on his brand new, forthcoming album NOW. The effortlessly gifted pair built the launch pad for Ash’s denotative sonic boom, enabling him to explore the lose-yourself-sounds of psychedelic blues using synth rather than stringed bass. Keeping it old-school, the gents jammed it out live, forming a wall of sound as abundant in clout as it is in groove. Standing behind the richness and warmth of the old Neve desk was famed American Record Producer Nick DiDia: who’s philosophy sits firmly in the power of performance and whose name is most commonly strung together in the same sentence as Springsteen’s. Having worked closely also beside Rage Against The Machine, Pearl Jam, Powderfinger and many other legends, what Nick brought to Ash, above all else, was an intense focus on the structure of a great song. The result is an album with immense force; strongly political, rumbling from the depths of internal rage. It is sonic thunder that wears all the suffering and the anger of the blues but does not forget for a beat that if you don’t get up sometimes and shake that shit off, if you don’t take a moment to look across the dancefloor and lose yourself in that boy meets girl moment, your heart’ll harden and you’ll lose sight of all the beauty you’re fighting for. NOW is due out in 2015. Having well and truly conquered his homeland with endless touring resulting in a reputation of not-to-be-missed rocking live shows, Ash has shrunk the world with familiarity, making the entire globe his home. NZ, the UK, sold-out tours in Canada and a pioneering trip of America in 2014 with Xavier Rudd; every show, every tour continuing to feed the ravenous beast of Ash’s unparalleled creativity and his unbridled spirit of diversity. 13 years since the release of that first blues record and hundreds of thousands of bodies shaken since, Ash welcomes you as always to strive toward life’s greatest mission amongst the chaos and the challenges – the presence of good times, the energy for action and the possession of a happy heart.
Used to set the stage on fire all around the world, The most explosive live band ever is back with a brand new album and brand new show From Paris to Damas, from New York to Moscow, they toured the world several times, with more than 1500 concerts in 30 countries. The 9-piece big band is back in the country with their ska, gypsy, rock, vaudevillian antics, dancehall & reggae music. Singing in French and English and mixing some raucous punk and swing into their epic sound, this energetic and theatrical group never fails to get people up and dancing – sometimes even on the stage. “These guys had the entire crowd on their feet, jumping, moshing, singing and grooving like crazy in one of the most mad and enjoyable crowd frenzies I’ve ever experienced. They were truly amazing.” (Rip It Up) The band dates back to high school, when singer and guitarist David Baruchel teamed up with drummer Manuel Nectoux. The pair moved to Lyon, surrounded by music and sharing their love of greats like The Specials, The Clash, Bob Marley and Serge Gainsbourg. When David and Manu discussed what this new album should be about, they soon decided on the theme of change: from your thirties to your forties; from community life to living as a couple or on your own; from prolonged adolescence to fatherhood; from accident to recovery; from the pure and simple protest of punk to the powerful lyrics of rock. And that’s the thrilling high-wire act Babylon Circus performs so well – somehow combing rock, their first musical love, with a French brand of reggae, the natural heir to ska, skank rock and rocksteady. That’s also one of the reasons for their phenomenal success, because they represent a kind of link between generations. The band is now back to full strength and indeed sounds absolutely unstoppable. Everyone is writing and performing better than ever, along with special guests including Leeroy (ex-Saïan Supa Crew) and Polo, the tireless singer with the wonderful Satellites from 1985 to 1993. Another chapter in a story of lasting friendship - one that never stops.