MARY TREMBLES combine sparseness with menacing intensity and melodic pop hooks. The Brisbane, Australia - based 3 piece was actually born in Los Angeles. Founding member and principal songwriter Skritch (Tex Perkins' Dark Horses, Gota Cola) was chatting with Damon Cox(Intercooler) over drinks at The Viper Room after an Intercooler show. (Skritch was on live sound duties for Intercooler on their US tour) Both agreed they needed an additional creative outlet and Skritch had a swag of songs which were screaming to be heard. Upon their return to Brisbane they called upon longtime friend Duey Coert (recently replaced by Tanzie) and the line-up was complete. This was June 2005.
MARY TREMBLES recorded a 7 song mini-album before they even played a show. Entitled ‘ps...situation', it was released in June 2006 on Plus One Records. (home to Intercooler, Giants Of Science, The Gin Club, Iron On) and is distributed in Australia by Shock. The opening track 'Scene From Below' was instantly added to high rotation on national radio network triple j. The band were also selected as a triple j 'Next Crop' artist for Ausmusic Month in November 2006. In past years, Next Crop has introduced the public to the likes of Wolfmother, Wolf & Cub, Josh Pyke and more. The band has been playing shows virtually non-stop since the release of ps...situation, with the likes of Urge Overkill (US), Dinosaur Jr (US), Datarock (Norway), Regurgitator, Beasts Of Bourbon and The Mess Hall, and played the 2007 Big Day Out festival.
The band also recently played at the 2007 CMJ Music Marathon in NYC, as well as shows in LA, the UK and Singapore.
Their first full-length album is recorded and is currently being mixed in the US by Mike Major. (At The Drive-In, Sparta)
More than just a side project, MARY TREMBLES have built a strong reputation for their dynamic live shows.
Skritch - Guitars/Vocals
Damon Cox - Drums/Vocals
Tanzie - Bass
7 track mini-album
Plus One Records / Shock
Released June 2006
More songs available online at
live review - The Troubadour, Brisbane. Feb 9 2007
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...Whereas it can be argued that the two preceding acts may have been compensating for average songs......Whereas it can be argued that the two preceding acts may have been compensating for average songs by upping the energy and volume, Mary Trembles require no such compensation. With a black-and-white slideshow projected on the backdrop, the trio take the stage led by the self-assured yet humble Skritch, and slide into a slow jam.
Skritch’s numerous vocal nuances are pervasive - from ballsy screams to hushed falsettos - and as a frontman who’s also the band’s sole guitarist, he is a consummate performer. Despite this being their first headlining show since forming 18 months ago, all three members remarkably exhibit an intimate understanding of each other’s playing.
In perhaps a surprise move, MT play Triple J favourite ‘Scene From Below’ before boldly ending with a new song they’ve never performed live. Entitled ‘Eating Through The Debauchery’, the song is a tour de force of crashing crescendos of guitar squall and powerful melodies, and is easily the best moment of the night. The boys leave the stage amid howls of guitar feedback, and anticipation for their debut long-player, due out by year’s end, couldn’t be higher.
'ps...situation' mini-album review August 2006
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This debut mini-album by local trio Mary Trembles was recorded before the band had even played a gig...This debut mini-album by local trio Mary Trembles was recorded before the band had even played a gig, but is nonetheless a fine introduction to an extremely talented outfit.
Frontman Skritch has played a variety of roles in the past with such luminaries as Tex Perkins Dark Horses and the much-missed Gota Cola, but in Mary Trembles he takes the reins and handles guitar, vocal and songwriting duties with aplomb.
The rhythm section of drummer Damon Cox (Intercooler) and Duey Coert on bass combine together wonderfully, giving Skritch a propulsive bed on which to lay down his edgy tales of despair and redemption. Opening tunes Scene From Below and Not My Fault bury themselves in your brain and refuse to leave, their catchy melodies and memorable riffs earmarking them as surefire radio fodder.
Elsewhere pumping instrumental track Emergency Signs For Motorists and the trance-inducing Emotional Calligraphy show a breadth of scope quite remarkable in a band who had only been together for such a brief time when the songs were put to tape.
In the intervening months Mary Trembles have played and toured extensively and are already showing signs of taking it to the next level, making this a superb snapshot of a potentially excellent band finding their feet.
'ps...situation' mini-album review July 2006
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Another testament, if any more were needed, to the tenacious flexibility and power of the rock trio ...Another testament, if any more were needed, to the tenacious flexibility and power of the rock trio (no, Mary is not a solo act, but a band) as a vehicle for any songwriter with the wit and tensile melodic sensibility to master it. Skritch, who has been seen around town in his other guise as one of Tex Perkins' Dark Horses, has obviously done just that, ably abetted by Intercooler drummer Damon Cox, who has a broad enough vocabulary to keep things rhythmically interesting under Skritch's power chord guitar chunking and Duey Coert's sinewy bass lines. Edgy vocals, intelligent use of harmonies and enough melody to keep it all hanging on; this is seriously good.
live review: Urge Overkill / MARY TREMBLES The Zoo, Brisbane 25/10/06
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Brisbane’s greatest emerging artists Mary Trembles, provided the crowd with an appetiser. Playing tr...Brisbane’s greatest emerging artists Mary Trembles, provided the crowd with an appetiser. Playing tracks from their seven track mini album ‘PS…. Situation,’ the crowd imbibed the rock and roll raw energy that the three-piece emitted in an almost flawless performance. Mary Trembles opened their set with the fervid and powerful Not My Fault. These guys gel so well as a band and have some intense creations up their sleeves. Their sound is distinct and cannot be described under any particular genre. It’s symmetrically written, ballsy, exact and hypnotic.
Playing their high JJJ rotation melodic track Scene From Below, they concluded their set in jaw dropping rock star fashion.
Live sets are generally 45mins long and are compiled from the following songs...
Not My Fault
Emergency Signs For Motorists
Scene From Below
Jump Like You Wanted To
Eating Through The Debauchery
Rid Of Me (PJ Harvey)
There are no upcoming dates at this time.