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"Ballina Band not so Brittle"

FOR a band that played ‘raw punk rock’ as 12-year-olds, Brittle has come a long way.

Fast forward 10 or so years and the former Ballina boys – Ben ‘Tokyo’ Whiting, Billy Donaldson, Benny O’Dwyer and Geoff Slingsby – have found out they will be touring America next year.

The 22 and 23-year-olds are understandably excited, but also nervous, about it.

“We’ve just found out we’re doing a US tour in March,” Ben said.

“We might even work with some producers over there, but the main thing is just getting there and playing some gigs.

“I know we’ve got a lot to learn.

“Going to America is going to make us stronger.”

All the boys went to high school in Lismore and Ballina, and this week they’re back on home ground with shows at Kyogle and Byron Bay.

“It’s definitely good to get home and do some gigs around here,” Ben said.

“We started the band in early high school and we did gigs straight away.

“We were probably only 12 or so when we did our first gig.

“It was raw punk rock back then.

“But even then we were always writing our own stuff, and we did covers as well.

“The main thing is we’ve found our sound now, we’ve found what we want to do.

“When you’re young, you’reinfluenced by what you’re listening to. Our sound has matured now. We call it alternative rock.”

The sound, Ben says, has to be heard to be understood.

Brittle’s new EP, The Owls, has been hailed a major success, and they’re busily promoting it with shows all over Australia.

In the past they’ve played with a few well-known musicians, including Faker, Kisschasy, Snow Patrol and Katy Perry.

But their biggest thrill – so far – was playing Splendour in the Grass in 2006.

“It was such a buzz,” Ben said.

“To play a big show like that is just amazing.”

Brittle will play an all-ages gig at the Kyogle Memorial Hall on Thursday and another show at the Great Northern Hotel at Byron Bay on Saturday night. - Northern Star


"Brittle Chinese Whispers"

Covering The Zutons 'Valerie' is ambitious. AMy Winehouse pulled it off spectacularly in 2007, but most artists would'nt be game to put their stamp on such a modern hit.

Melbourne newcomers Brittle have released the track as the single for their EP, Chinese Whispers. It's very catchy and should get these guys noticed.

After years on the circuit, Brittle have finally been earmarked as a band to watch and they're certainly worthy of attention. - The Sunday Telegraph - Insider


"Brittle Studio Bound"

STUDIO bound! Ballina band
BRITTLE, who have relocated to
Melbourne to further their rock
career, are set to record tracks for their debut EP, Chinese Whispers,on December 1.

The EP is due for release January 24 through MGM.

The lads will spend a week recording in the studio with producer Matt D’Arcy (Angelas Dish, Stealing O’Neal). - Pulse Magazine


"Brittle learn to love Bluetooth"

Melbourne’s Brittle launched their "Technology is Your Friend" campaign at the Arthouse Hotel to 200+ tech saavy fans.

They intergrated the release of a sample track from their forthcoming EP "Chinese Whispers" via bluetooth during the set, by asking fans to power up their bluetooth handsets to recieve a studio version of the track "Do It Again" while they played the song simultaneously on stage.

Within seven minutes they got 247 downloads. “With a little brainstorming there are many ways that even a indie band can reach fans and convert potential fans by getting them a little involved in the show," says Ben Whiting. Brittle moved from Ballina, NSW this year. - Christie Elizier - themusic.com.au


Discography

Valerie - Single
Never Going Home - Single
Chinese Whispers - EP
The Owls - EP

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Even though the average age of the boys is only 23, the members of the Australian alternative rock band Brittle have already been performing together for over 10 years – starting when they were just 13!

The band was formed by Ben Whiting, Billy Donaldson and Geoff Slingsby, while they were at school together in Ballina, NSW. Ben ODwyer, also from Ballina joined the band 3 years ago.

In recent years, Brittle has landed a string of high-profile shows and events that most bands only dream of, including playing the main stage at Splendour in the Grass and Indy 300 where they performed to over 100,000 people alongside artists such as Wolfmother, The Zutons and Death Cab For Cutie.

Brittle has been described as "one of the bands to watch" by Music Week UK & Insider Magazine, as well as being listed as a “buzz band” by The Music Network in Australia. In August 2009, the boys supported top Australian band Faker during their JD Set tour of Melbourne, Sydney and Townsville and international sensation Katy Perry at her sold-out Melbourne concert.

The band’s latest EP “The Owls” was produced by International award-winning producer Mark Opitz and recorded at Melbourne’s Sing Sing Studios.

The band was thrilled to work with Mark who has also produced INXS, The Divinyls, Hoodoo Gurus, The Angels, Cold Chisel, KISS and Ray Charles. The EP will be launched on June 14th to coincide with a two-month five- state tour.