A popular urban myth concerns a group of art students who passed themselves off as a band in order to con the local publican into giving them a gig in exchange for free beer. The deception worked better than intended, and the group came to be known as Mental as Anything. Nearly three decades later, they are still irritating the public with their highly listenable, idiosyncratic brand of garage pop. Areas of speciality include Live Bands. A self-explanatory single to reflect their success, The Nips Are Getting Bigger, rose through the charts as did their fundamental understanding of the old adage that ‘for every action there is a reaction’. Ahead lay a very lengthy pub crawl which only the accomplished could survive.
The Hoodoo Gurus got together in Sydney on January 1st 1981 to play their first "show" in an inner city lounge room. Core members are Australian music artists Dave Faulkner and Brad Shepherd who are joined by Kimble Rendall, Rod Radalj and James Baker. No bass player. When the band sign with Big Time Records they consist of Dave, Brad, James and bassist Clyde Bramley. Areas of speciality include Live Bands. Their first single was “Leilani”, followed by “Tojo” and “My Girl” which were both released in 1983.
Album number 1 “Stoneage Romeos”, 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. Drummer Mark Kingsmill joins in time for their first tour of the United States. The Gurus take on Michael McMartin as their manager.
James Reyne is one of Australia's most loved singer-songwriters. James led the seminal Australian Crawl to the top of the Australian music scene and followed this with a platinum lined solo career, releasing 9 solo albums to date. Areas of speciality include Live Bands. James hasn’t kept himself entirely in the studio or at live venues; his other projects have included hosting Dig TV for ABC 2, acting and some interview/hosting for various Foxtel VH1 specials.
Legendary Australian singer/songwriter, Ian Moss, is out on the road on an intimate acoustic, East Coast solo tour. Areas of speciality include Live Bands. Ian performs tracks from his album Soul on West 53rd, featuring fresh takes on classic soul songs from the likes of Sam Cooke, Al Green, Otis Redding and Levi Stubbs, as well as all the Cold Chisel / Ian Moss classics, performed as only Ian can.
Tim Rogers formed the first version of the band with his school friend Nick Tischler and his older brother Jaimme in December 1989. The band's name was derived from late-night sessions under the influence of alcohol. Areas of speciality include Live Bands. This initial line-up was short-lived and by the end of 1990 both Nick and Jaimme had left the band. (In the band’s 1993 song “Jaimme’s Got A Gal,” Tim explains why his brother left.) They were replaced by the group’s one-time sound mixer Andy Kent (bass) and Mark Tunaley on drums.
Some muse that rock icons Dragon grew up with the Australian music scene and others affirm that it was Dragon that helped the scene grow up. Areas of speciality include Live Bands. Whatever the case, with hits flowing before Cold Chisel left the rehearsal room, before Icehouse had studied for their algebra finals, and before Australian Crawl had learnt to, Dragon had the nation captivated with “April Sun in Cuba”, “Are You Old Enough?”, “Get That Jive”, “Still In Love With You” and more.
A long time ago… before your grandmother was even born, there arose a band that defied all human decency. Their name… BIGPHALLICA. Areas of speciality include Live Bands. An excessive live rock show that will transport you back to a time when music was actually good. Boasting a ridiculously talented lineup, these crazy muthafreakers play a venue like it’s the world’s largest stadium with an incredible sound that will leave your head sore from banging and a stage show that will leave your stomach sore from laughing.
The Australian Bruno Mars Show is the world’s premier tribute to the music and dynamic concert performance of the most popular male artist in the world today, Bruno Mars.
Areas of speciality include Live Bands. The show encapsulates the high energy and showmanship of an artist who is already being compared to his own musical mentors Prince, Michael Jackson and James Brown.
Midnight Oil, are certainly a band that has triumphed with its art regardless of current trends or the political or economical state of the world. Areas of speciality include Live Bands. ‘Capricornia’, the band’s 14th full-length release in February 2010, is innovative yet evocative summing up the spirit of this vast and strikingly beautiful country we live in.
For more than a dozen years Mondo Rock dispensed punchy, craftily professional, adult pop-rock. Areas of speciality include Live Bands. Between 1977 and 1991 the Australian charts were enriched and enlivened by their sleek and proficient offerings. At the heart of Mondo Rocks chemistry were the exceptional songwriting talents of vocalist Ross Wilson and guitarist Eric McCusker who brought to the group diverse, but complementary ideas.