Jimmy Barnes is the heart and the soul of Australian rock & roll. His nickname, “Barnesy”, conjures up thoughts of rock music at an ear-splitting volume, and of soul standards given a unique reading. Jimmy has been through it all, and literally lived to tell the tales. He has sold more records in Australia than any other local rock & roll artist. He has enjoyed fifteen #1 albums here – more than the Beatles - and for over 40 years he has delivered some of our most intense and iconic live performances. He is truly in a league of his own.
In 2016, Jimmy’s self-penned childhood memoir, Working Class Boy, was a #1 bestseller and won the Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) for ‘Biography of the Year’. His 2017 sequel, Working Class Man, also topped the charts and won the ABIA Award making him the first person to ever win “Biography Of The Year” twice.
Baby Animals launched back onto the scene in 2013 with their third album (the first in 20 years),
This Is Not The End, a genuine rock album with a return to classic Baby Animals form that their fans loved. This album saw them return to the ARIA charts, debuting at #19, and took them around the country playing
sold out shows in metro areas and regional towns. The band has struck a familiar pose with their enigmatic singer Suze DeMarchi and her talismanic guitarist Dave Leslie returning for action. They’re joined with Dario Bortolin on bass and Mick Skelton on drums. It’s a different animal this time. To
celebrate the one year anniversary of its release, Baby Animals have released This Is Not The End Deluxe Fully Loaded Edition, which includes never before released live versions of the band’s biggest hits, such as Early Warning, Rush You, Painless and One Word.
MARK SEYMOUR AND THE UNDERTOW
Mark Seymour formed Hunters and Collectors in 1980, with a bunch of Uni friends. The band became famous for its rhythmic power and very quickly became touted as the “next big thing”. The Album “Human Frailty“ was recorded in Melbourne in 1985.
This record has proven to be one of the most important and enduring records of the eighties and Hunters and Collectors were still playing a large part of this cut in 1998 when they retired. With “Human Frailty“ Mark discovered, love, loss, and pop melody. His solo records are directly connected to this era and bear the same stamp of raw honesty and emotional power.
Hunters and Collectors went on to record some of this country’s most successful rock albums, including multi-platinum releases “Ghost Nation” and “Cut”, and became a huge touring operation.
By 1998, Mark felt that he had done all that he could as the front man of Hunters and Collectors. After eighteen years of touring with what became one of Australia’s most successful and deeply loved rock bands, he found himself alone on stage with just an acoustic guitar.
As a solo artist, Mark continues to search for the emotional truth in a song. Mark Seymour’s strength as a performer remains undiminished despite the ever-present shadow of the band he used to be in.
As well as 13 Hunters & Collectors albums, Mark has released seven solo albums and three with his current band, The Undertow. Throughout it all, he has shown he is one of our finest songwriters, capturing our stories of love, loss, human courage and achievement.
It’s been twenty years since Hooper Siblings Killing Heidi released their disarming folk pop song, ‘Kettle’ on triple j unearthed. The band soon expanded into colourful teenage power pop and burst onto the national and international stage with their breakthrough debut album Reflector, released in March 2000.
Anthemic singles ‘Mascara’ and ‘Weir’ made Reflector a blow-out success and cemented the work as one of Australia’s most loved pop albums.
The early naughties belonged to Killing Heidi with Weir placing #2 and Mascara #14 in triple j’s Hottest 100. Reflector went onto to take out four ARIA awards and reach 4 x platinum status. The Hooper siblings also won the critically-acclaimed APRA songwriters of the year award. A seminal part of the Aus indie music story. Reflector has now been released digitally .
Mental As Anything
Forty years of recording and touring and the show goes on. A fresh 5 track EP release titled “Mental as Anything – 5 Track EP” and a prime slot on the national Apia Good Times Tour sees Mentals rocketing into the future.
The EP sees Greedy and Martin trading songs in their time-honoured tradition.
Martin is currently off the road but Greedy and he are still creating new songs with that Mental Flavour.
Boom Crash Opera
Australian musicologist Ian MacFarlane once described the Boom Crash Opera sound as: “the tight, funky rock of the music, the boom-like crack of the drums and the work song chant of the vocals".
Formed in 1985 and tipped as the ‘next big thing’ by a bunch of well respected music journalists, Boom Crash Opera’s extensive catalogue of up-tempo melodic rock songs and engaging live performances, have ensured their 35 year career as a band has endured and continues to go from strength to strength right to the present day.
Boom Crash Opera set the scene early with their knack for writing catchy songs that radio and fans still love. With repeated Top 20 chart success for songs like ‘Get Out Of the House’, ‘Great Wall’, ‘Hands Up In The Air’, ‘Onion Skin’, ‘Best Thing’, ‘Dancing In The Storm,’ ‘Talk About It’ & ‘Bettadaze’, these guys are no ‘one hit wonders’. Recognized for their songwriting talents with numerous ARIA accolades, Boom Crash Opera spent much of their first 15 years touring and recording both locally and internationally on the back of the successful releases of their first three albums “Boom Crash Opera”, “ These Here Are Crazy Times” and “Fabulous Beast”.