84

84

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Blending the intensity and spontaneity of garage rock with the organic intertwining rhythms and melodies of soul and blues; 84 has moved from being one of Australia's preeminent garage outfits to a band with touring experiences and releases across three continents.

Biography

“The kind of release that brings fans of dirty rock ’n’ roll together and adds to that a potential for notoriety.” Anita Stein, Kluster (Australia)

“You, Me and Infamy is a tight full-length debut bursting with unbridled energy, yet it keeps it restrained and focused within the music, to the point where each note bleeds together to form rambling rock 'n' roll perfection.” Liz Worth, Exclaim Magazine (Canada)

“A welcome return to the art of the album.” Johnny Rock, The Dwarf (Australia)

With this kind of reception, Melbourne garage outfit 84 has turned heads locally and internationally with the release of their debut LP, You Me and Infamy in early 2007. The album was originally recorded in Detroit Michigan during the band’s first tour of North America. 84 quickly followed up; spruiking the album and impressing audiences at the 2007 North-by-Northeast Music Conference in Toronto. In the wake of the band’s second international tour, Canada’s Exclaim Magazine dubbed the LP “a full-on assault of voluptuous, evocative rock ‘n’ roll full of diffidence and defiance.” It has since been picked up for release in Europe through Undertow Recordings, home to The Drones, Spencer P. Jones and Digger and The Pussycats.

Back home in Australia, You, Me and Infamy was met with a dream run on national independent radio and selected for the top-pick lists of Beat Magazine, PBSFM and Sydney’s The Brag. A long journey from five years ago, when the band burst onto the Australian live music scene and began to bed down its reputation for a “fast and furious” live show. The band has since shared the stage with the likes of Dallas Crane, 67 Special, the Kill Devil Hills, and the Legends of Motorsport. Of an early 84 show, music commentator Johnny Rock recalls, “their intensity was felt to the back wall. The album reflects them entirely.”

You, Me and Infamy is available in stores through Warthog Records/Shock Records (Australia) and Undertow Recordings (Europe). The album is available for download from the Itunes Music Store.

Discography

'You, Me and Infamy' LP / released March 5th, 07
in Australia through Warthog/Shock Records

'You, Me and Infamy' LP / released Nov 5th, 07
in Europe through Undertow Recordings

'You, Me and Infamy' LP / released March 5th, 07
for download from the Itunes Music Store

'Year of the Dog' Single / released Nov 15th, 06 independent release

'Use Me' EP / released Feb '05
independent release

Set List

The set begins by enticing the audience in with short catchy tracks like 'Year of the Dog', 'Bluestone School Road', and 'Soul Beat'. Before the audience can recognise it, they are in the depths of 'Swamp Blues' and the evocative garage psyche of 'The River Has Gone'. The audience is then swept completely off their feet with the Dionysian punk flavours of 'Mesapotamia' and the occassional garage cover of a classic like 'Break on Through'!