Mikelangelo and the Tin Star
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Mikelangelo and the Tin Star

Berwick, Victoria, Australia | INDIE

Berwick, Victoria, Australia | INDIE
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"Mikelangelo and the Tin Star Reviews"


“Mikelangelo and the Tin Star are a fucking experience. Yes, the
music is great – it’s fabulously sexy and nostalgic – sounding like a
spaghetti western blended with a beach boys sex party”
Paper Deer

“Their blend of early rock’n’roll and surf got everyone’s feet moving
and not one person was left without a smile on their face after the set”
Push to Fire

“We were immediately transported to a land of surf-westerns and
the effect was spellbinding. It was delivered with style, humour and

“If Las Vegas had a beach, and a clone made from the mixed DNA of
Elvis Presley and Nick Cave and a band that played surf rock on that
imaginary beach, then the music Elvis Cave’s band played would
sound like Mikelangelo and the Tin Star”


“A perfect first release”
Tone Deaf

“Haunting, elegant and invigorating”
Beat Magazine

“Wonderfully inspiring music... leaves you begging for more”
Penny Black Music (UK)

“Equal parts pulp magazine cover and Las Vegas showmanship. Its
great music, and damn if it wouldn’t make a great movie too”
Rave Magazine

“The tremolo of the surf riff and the twang of country rockabilly...
with a tinge of Eastern European cool courtesy of Mikelangelo”
City Hub

“An incomparable and impossibly cool album... one of THE releases
of the year”

“It sounds cool, with a tone that swoons and trembles like a classic
Morricone or Tarantino film should be playing in the background.
Midnight Flower sees the seductive tones of Saint Clare added to the
mix. There is much to admire and be seduced by here”
Drum Media

“Mikelangelo and the Tin Star is the shock of the familiar colliding
with the unexpected. This listener was left breathless and satiated,
yet already anticipating another play”
The Australian - Various


The Surf and Western Sounds Of...



Award-winning Melbourne-based singer, song writer and showman Mikelangelo, formed the Tin Star in late 2009 inspired by a love of 50’s and 60’s instrumental guitar music and Western cinema soundtracks. Together the four-piece group have pioneered their own Surf ‘n’ Western Sound, bringing together a Spaghetti Western feel with the driving beat and tremolo guitar sound of early surf music in a live show that wins over crowds everywhere with its energy and exuberance. In the Tin Star sound there are also traces of rockabilly, Latin & exotica, all delivered with top-notch musicianship and a sexy, dark cinematic edge.

Their first run of shows was a packed out, month long Sunday residency at Melbourne music hub The Old Bar. Saint Clare joined the group as a guest vocalist for those first shows, and has been a part of the touring party ever since. The group has built up a strong fan-base, selling out club venues in Melbourne and up and down the east coast of Australia.

Early in 2011, they toured nationally with US punk cabaret diva Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), winning over new crowds and getting rave reviews from the press. They have appeared at a number of festivals, including Changing Lanes in Sydney; St Kilda Festival, Melbourne Fringe, the Village Festival and High Noon festival in Melbourne; Perth Fringe Festival; Australia Day at The Rocks in Sydney; Adelaide Festival; Right Royal Cabaret Festival in New Zealand; and regional festivals in Lorne, Maitland and Wollongong.

Their debut album, The Surf ‘n’ Western Sounds Of... Mikelangelo and the Tin Star, was released through Sydney based Laughing Outlaw records in June 2011 and has received glowing reviews from mainstream press and music press across the board, being hailed as...
”A perfect first release” (Tone Deaf)
“An incomparable and impossibly cool album... one of THE releases of the year” (Inpress)

The Surf ‘n’ Western Sounds has been picked up by radio across Australia from the ABC to community stations, scoring album of the week on PBS (Melbourne), FBI (Sydney) and Edge Radio (Hobart). The CD quickly sold out of its first pressing and continues to sell well. Laughing Outlaw will release the album on vinyl next year with a launch tour to follow. 2012 will see the band return to the studio to record their follow up album.

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