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The Whitlams are one of Australia's favourite bands whose appeal reaches audiences of all ages and tastes. With lyrics described as having a “charming cynicism” and enhanced by an instinct for poignant melody, they have become a staple of the local music scene.
Late 2008, The Whitlams released “Truth, Beauty & A Picture of You – Best Of The Whitlams” & it has been described by Tim Freedman as his “ultimate Whitlams mixtape”. Complete with detailed liner notes telling the stories behind the songs The Whitlams’ Best Of debuted at number 3 in the ARIA Album Charts and remained in the Top 10 for six weeks running.
The Whitlams formed in late 1992 in Newtown, Australia. As a three piece with no drummer, Tim Freedman, Stevie Plunder and Andy Lewis developed their songs acoustically on Saturday afternoons at the Sandringham Hotel in King Street. So followed the usual formative months of beer, bonding and bad shows. In early 1993 they discovered that with their gear, they could all fit into a Kingswood station wagon. Taking turns lying on the piano in the back, they headed off every six weeks to Byron Bay and Brisbane and became a real band.
The current lineup has remained unchanged for the last 8 years and 4 albums, and consists of Tim Freedman on piano and vocals, Jak Housden on guitar, Warwick Hornby on bass guitar and Terepai Richmond on drums.