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Extended Family

WINNER 2006 MusicOz Award Best Blues Artist

GRAND FINALIST 2006 Sunscreen Independent Film Clip Competition

GRAND FINALIST 2005 SBS Performer Of The Year Awards

"Shoe gazers, cynics and clique-hangers: be on notice - your attempts to resist the
temptation to dance will be futile. You will dance. You will dance like an idiot. And you will love it."
Brett Winterford, Music Writer, Sydney Morning Herald, 2006.

"They play a mix of blues grunt and super smooth new age alt pop, with jazzy, Latin, African, Celtic and Middle Eastern rhythms and sounds, a social conscience and a sense of humour."
"The Blues Times", SBS, 2005.

"The roots music live scene is thriving within Australia at the moment. There are plenty of festivals putting artists on a plate to be dished up to an audience that is ready and waiting to party. My favourite bands I've played with recently that have blown my dreads back are Marshall and the Fro (Byron) and Extended Family (Sydney). There is so much talent within these shore lines that the future of music in this country is looking mighty fine indeed." Dallas Frasca, "The Brag", Sept 2007 - Multiple publishers

"The Blues Times"

The Blues Times
Sydney Blues Society, Issue 149, August 2005

Our birthday party this year turned out to be a real eye-opener for a lot of people. We took a Sydney blues institution, The Foreday Riders, and threw them together with a relatively new blues-based band, EXTENDED FAMILY.

Although EXTENDED FAMILY started off as a blues duo playing acoustic blues, some members of the now 5-piece band were not aware of The Foreday Riders and the Riders had never seen EXTENDED FAMILY. Each band had a contingent of loyal fans present, many of who had never seen the other band. Fortunately for us, some committee members were fans of both bands, and were responsible for setting the stage for an interesting night. EXTENDED FAMILY opened the night, and it was great to see a young band with such a large group of keen young fan. They played a couple of sets of lively bluesy/jazzy/poppy numbers that kept the fans on their feet. They 'bluesed it up' a bit for the occasion, and their version of Robert Johnson's 'Walkin' Blues' was a ripper! By the end of their bit, they had won a whole heap of new fans.
- Sydney Blues society


The Extended Family + The Redundant Outhouse Band + The Phonies
Saturday April 1, The Basement, Circular Quay

Review by Brett Winterford

Shoe gazers, cynics and clique-hangers: be on notice. You can come to an Extended Family gig, stand by the back wall and comment on the proficiency of the slide guitar playing, or how fat the bass sounds, or how much the drummer is looking-so-very-George-Michael-tonight. But inevitably, your attempts to resist the temptation to dance will be futile. You will dance. You will dance like an idiot. And you will love it.

The Extended Family, for the fourth time in a row, are playing to a sold out room at The Basement. These days, punters need to get in pretty early just to ensure entry – and a good deal of drinks are flowing before the-band-formerly-known-as-Panda take the stage.

From the very beginning, the unsuspecting newcomer to the Extended Family experience is to expect the unexpected. Old-school Motown grooves spun by an afro-donning DJ are replaced by The Redundant Outhouse Band – who are surely the most comically-hick, foot-stomping bluegrass outfit in the country. It’s obvious that the band is stoked to be sharing The Basement stage – and some forty minutes of sweaty hollering and hooting later, the stage was once more vacant as the crowd anticipated the entrance of the main act.

The Extended Family followed and launched head-first into their new single, Rollercoaster. Immediately the dance floor (or what was left of it with tables booked on either wing) was packed. For the first set, the mob were treated to the low-slung, deeper funk grooves of Voodoo Daddy, Blue City and Mr Moonshine, picking up the pace toward the end of the first with the insatiably catchy Life is like a butterfly with no wings.

By the time The Family came back for round two, The Basement crowd were primed to dance from front-of-stage to the back bar. And for a thrilling 50 minutes, none would be disappointed. With each new song came a new, irresistible groove – from the dub grooves of Caesar to the theatric swing of Facelift, the thumping pendulum of Dolphin Song and the frenzied changes of pace throughout Pillowbiter.

The Family closed with Maleman, joined on stage by a horn section and backing vocals from a cappella group Kaya, who shed their ‘earthy gal’ image for the night in favour of school uniforms, complete with backpacks and pigtails.

The madness of Maleman over, the crowd’s feet ached for more, and The Family flew back on stage for one more – the extended, and much-loved full version of Rollercoaster, from its feverish slide-guitar intro right through to the eastern-flavoured, percussive outro.

Even after two sets, The Extended Family had whipped up such zeal in the audience that not even the most capable of DJ’s could gratify them – and those that didn’t take their leave straight after the main attraction were treated to a special late-night set by live hip-hop act, The Phonies. The scatting of Joel Rapaport and his groovy four-piece would flow well into the early hours of the morning, as departing fans eagerly snapped up copies of the Rollercoaster single on their way out the door.


"Album Review - "Rhythms" Magazine, July 2007"

"The press releases for the new album from this Sydney combo threatens: 'Think John Butler meets Jamiroquai ...'. I guess as a starting point, that's not completely off the mark, but that description fails to capture a couple of crucial elements of Extended Family - their multicultural influences and their sense of fun. The five members' family backgrounds sample a comprehensive slice of world culture and they bring those backgrounds to bear on this upbeat soup of rhythm-heavy blues/funk.

Guitarist/vocalist Aaron 'Aza' Houston supplies the blues heart of the band, his slide playing rich in Delta roots, whilst bass player Milica Stefanovic drives the whole thing with an evident love of funk. With Alexandra Kaye (also of vocal group kaya) and Houston trading vocals, the band exudes a schizophrenic restlessness that often gives them a Zappa-like freneticism.

By all reports, Extended Family are rapidly earning a reputation as an irrestistible live band in the vein of Ozomatli or The Cat Empire, and they sold out The Basement in Sydney for six consecutive nights. Though some might be intimidated by The Way Back To Feeling Alright's eccentricity, the band has done well to capture a sense of their live energy." - Marty Jones, Rhythms Managing Editor


"You tickle people from the inside and add colour to their souls."
Emma, from Melbourne @ Main Stage, Peats Ridge Festival, Sydney NSW on 31 Dec 2006

Independent releases:

ALBUM: The Way Back To Feeling Alright (MGM Distribution) May 2007
SINGLE: Rollercoaster (MGM Distribution/Kaos Management) July 2007
FILMCLIP: Rollercoaster (MGM Distribution) July 2007 - Grand Finalist Sunscreen Independent Film Clip Competition
ALBUM: Extended Family(2006)
EP: Pandamonium Live (2002)

www.myspace.com/extendedfamilymusic for all the latest news, pics and information



Latest Press Release:
..Extended Family National Singles Tour..

'The Family' is packing up the car and hitting the road for a string of dates over the next couple of months starting the last weekend in May to promote their
New Single

'Yesterday Morning'

'Yesterday Morning' is a punchy little number, more hard hitting compared to previous releases whilst still retaining the sense of fun, vibrancy and energy that 'The Family' is renowned for in their stage shows.

'Yesterday Morning', and subsequent EP, was recorded at Albert Studios, well-known for numerous high selling recordings by AC/DC, The Angels and Rose Tattoo, was mixed by Paul McKercher (Augie March/Eskimo Joe/Midnight Oil etc) and mastered by Steve Smart @ Studios 301.

Hope to see you at one of our shows.

Extended Family

"By all reports, Extended Family are rapidly earning a reputation as an irresistible live band in the vein of Ozomatli or The Cat Empire ..."
Martin Jones, Managing Editor, Rhythms magazine, July 2007

“You’ll dance, you’ll dance like an idiot and you’ll love it.”
Brett Winterford, Music Writer for Sydney Morning Herald, 2006


Fresh from the husky delta of the inner Sydney streets, comes a band who unravel contemporary roots, funk, soul and blues, to create something deliciously sexy and new that you can't help but groove to … With a mischievously charismatic live show, Sydney-based roots/blues/funk commotion Extended Family often diverge into the unpredictable, with their crazy antics winning fans and alienating traditionalists at every performance. Duel male and female lead vocalist set the band apart with dance moves, dobro slide guitar and wit, an “octopus” drummer who plays percussion consecutively with the kit, a bass player who lays grooves down on both double and electric bass's, and two horn players with a penchant for lifting other band members into the air while soloing. They mix the familial with the sexy, in the same way they mix delta blues with world grooves, soul and funk lines. Anything can happen at an Extended Family gig – and often does.

Following their receipt of the national MusicOz Award 2006 for Best Blues Artist, Extended Family have been busy touring the country since the launch of their album in Sydney at the Factory in June 2007 - “The Way Back To Feeling Alright” (MGM Distribution), including the single "Rollercoaster".
Extended Family are currently working on their next album due to be released in June '09

Extended Family is an experienced touring act with a big live show; the band has travelled frequently to Victoria, NSW and Qld over the past 6 years, headlining many shows and playing with such acts as Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges, Thirsty Merc, Dallas Frasca, The Fumes, Blue Shaddy, Carus & The True Believers and Angus & Julia Stone. In July 2007, they played 10 shows in 11 days on their debut Western Australia tour, and were awarded a $10,000 2007 Contemporary Music Touring Grant from the federal government.

The band has also enjoyed the rare pleasure of playing 8 sold-out headline shows at Sydney's premier venue, The Basement. Extended Family were grand finalists in the SBS Performer of the Year Award 05, grand finalists in the Sunscreen Independent Film Clip Competition 06, selected in 2SER's Top 20 Australian Blues Artists 06, and in March 07, Extended Family was chosen as one of 5 Australian export-ready unsigned artists to perform in a world-first Australian SXSW showcase to Austin, Texas via SecondLife.com (sponsored by Sonicbids/Austrade). The new single "Rollercoaster" was selected for the Perisher Blue 2007 Compilation CD, is currently being played on Qantas flights, has received airplay on Triple J, ABC and many community stations across Australia, with the film clip also debuting on "Rage" in July 07.
They also have a track on the new Home Grown Roots Vol 3 featuring the likes of John Butler, Paul Kelly, Ash Grunwald and Mia Dyson and have performed tracks 'live to air' on Richard Glover's 'Thank God Its Friday' ABC 702 Radio.

Extended Family has performed at the Great Southern Blues & Rockabilly Festival 07 at Narooma, Caloundra Music Festival 07 and 08 inc VIP showcase gigs, Blues on Broadbeach 08, Sunshine Coast Blues Festival 08, The Great Escape 06, Bimbadgen Blues Festival 07, Main Stage NYE @ Peats Ridge 05,06 and 08, Main Stage @ Australian Blues Music Festival 07, Newtown Festival, Surry Hills Festival, Main Stage @ Toyota Muster in Gympie 07 and 4 shows @ Woodford Folk Festival including the New Years Eve countdown on the Blues Stage 07

To see Rollercoaster Film Clip @:


To see the band perform live, check out footage and interviews from Nocturnal TV, filmed at Peats Ridge Festival on New Years Eve 06/07.


Also more footage and interviews of Extended Family filme