Sisters. Two guitars, two attitudes, two minds and two voices in sync.
It was 2008 when sisters Jess and Sarah Renehan woke up their sleepy little town in South Australia with a deafening harmony; a call for Utopia. It was a call that young cellist turned bass-man Tom Schumacher and seasoned English born punk rock drummer Tony Long had been waiting to hear. And then… there were four.
As many who’ve grown up in a small town will know, isolation can be the ultimate catalyst for imagination. Yours is a choice between walking in circles on that familiar road to nowhere or taking what you know, re-mixing it with your dreams and paving your own yellow brick road to somewhere new, somewhere where change isn’t a battle but an inevitability.
For the Renehan sisters, music infused more than their dreams, it was in the air they breathed. From school choirs to national youth choirs, teen rock bands to recording studios, they both knew that when life hit a bump in the road they could find and each other, and their sense of purpose, in rock’n'roll.
But it’s a long way to the top, as fellow Aussie rocker Bon Scott so wisely decreed some 30 years before their time. In Sarah, Jess, Tom and Tony’s case they kicked off that rock’n'roll journey in late 2009 with a 1631km drive north up Australia’s East Coast to the city of Brisbane. If these four likely adventurers had set off to see the wizard, they found him in the form of Brisbane record producer James North. After an intense month of recording and arranging 13 tracks, refining a unique image and exploring the wilds of the city, Calling Utopia’s debut album ‘XIII’ was locked, loaded and ready for release in 2010.
In 2011 however, the bands musical journey got put on hold as one of the sisters, Sarah, suffered medical issues resulting in her having brain surgery 4 times within six months. Determined not to let this stop them though, Calling Utopia finished off 2011 with a bang and kick started 2012 headlining Mount Gambiers New Years Eve event.
Throughout 2012 the band have made the most of the year with getting in top 100, top 40 and top 10 charts on Ourstage, acoustic tours, headlining National Youth Week, traveling to Melbourne to record their new single with producer Dave Carr and filming a music video in Sydney with director Darko Djerich. They also have their first overseas tour in September which, will be taking place in New Zealand over two weeks.
Calling Utopia describe their music as honest, heartfelt, energetic, catchy and playful. Blending their lyrical content from both personal experience and imagination the band draw on their respect for acts like Pink, Evanescence, Avril Lavigne, Jewel, Michelle Branch, Suzie Q and Paramore for musical inspiration.
Sarah Renehan - Guitar & Vocals.
Jess Renehan - Guitar & Vocals
Tom Schumacher - Bass, and Backing Vocals
Tony Long - Drums, and Backing Vocals
Woah Single- 2012
Calling Utopia- XIII
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Calling Utopia Interesting to hear of another promising young band; this time Calling Utopia from...Calling Utopia
Interesting to hear of another promising young band; this time Calling Utopia from South Australia. Sisters Sarah and Jess are the songwriters of the band and they are joined by band mates Tom and Tony. It is an enterprising sound with profound lyrics and good harmonies. In only two years they've accomplished this first album and they mix powerful sounds with often sedate tunes. The first few songs showcases Sarah's soaring, frail-like vocals but I think the second half of the album is noteworthy when Sarah goes more into the lower register to give a bewitching sound. I think she is most viable when the vocals are not too high pitched. The others in the band show their capabilities and it gives them good scope to really develop into a talented act. The songwriting will get better with their creative instincts and one can feel their passion in performance. “X111” indicates a band with potential to develop into a crowd-pleasing attraction.
Runaway To Utopia!
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"Calling Utopia, is setting up to kick their music careers into top gear as they prepare to blow the..."Calling Utopia, is setting up to kick their music careers into top gear as they prepare to blow the minds of rock fans all over the world. These awesome rockers have created a pure utopian experience that is sure to please the mases!"
Calling Utopia - XIII
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"...Calling Utopia are reprising the genre with their tight and explosive debut album XIII. South Au..."...Calling Utopia are reprising the genre with their tight and explosive debut album XIII. South Australia’s answer to The Offspring is fronted by sisters Sarah and Jessica Renehan, who provide female vocal harmonies, loud punk riffs and attitude to match..."
1: 45 mins - 1 hour
Because Of You
With Me Always
End Of Time
Take Me Away
I Can't Breathe
I Did It Again
I Want It Back
E.T- Katy Perry
Boys In Town- Divinyls
Poker Face- You Me At Six
Cherry Bomb- The Runaways
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