Mister and Sunbird
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Mister and Sunbird

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | SELF

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | SELF
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"Rave Magazine album review"

MISTER AND SUNBIRD – Spirit Fingers
TUESDAY, 19 JANUARY 2010
(Independent)
Double album from WA roots music dandies
Perth act Mister And Sunbird certainly earn points for DIY resourcefulness, the unsigned group releasing this excellent, finely crafted double album in lovely playing-card-style packaging. Their wonderfully played but still rough-around-the-edges approach frequently brings to mind the frayed roots rock the Stones were exploring circa Beggar’s Banquet and Let It Bleed. Opening tune Bloody Mary even sounds like Jagger/Tosh in reggae-rock crossover mode (and there’s nothing wrong with that). Roslyn Street Serenade is aching, lovely piano/pedal steel balladry, propped up by gentle bongo percussion. There’s a groggy cabaret air to All The Young Blades, while they even manage to make a hoedown version of ol’ chestnut You Are My Sunshine perfectly acceptable. Disc two highlights include the rockabilly-tinged Ice Queen, the tender duetting of Bed Bugs, the beautiful flute passages of Loves Me Too and the country skiffle of Standing Bare. In fact, you’ll be hard pressed finding a duff track among this whole lengthy shebang. Spirit Fingers finds these musos coming up trumps.
MATT THROWER - Rave Magazine, Brisbane


"Jennifer Peterson-Ward in X-Press"

Next were roots band Mister & Sunbird featuring about a dozen instruments (washboard anyone?) and a wild array of tunes and genres. Weaving an alluring tapestry of instrumental elegance, vocal character and lyrical bite, their raucous tunes coaxed spirited audience members up out of their seats to bop, hop and boogie down. - X-press


"Next Big Thing - Drum Media"

"Ultimate winners Mister and Sunbird owned the night by firmly planting their unique blend of 30's jazz and modern rock onto the judges and onto the crowd. With more hooks than Rex Hunt's tackle box it was clear they were top contenders." - Drum Media


"Next Big Thing Heats - Faster Louder"

"Another change of pace was administered by the forth act Mister and Sunbird. Harking back to a 1930s New Orleans style the 5 stage bound members (who exist as a rotating line-up) played an assortment of instruments with finesse. Dressed up for the occasion in jackets and a variety of hats the band drew the attention of the spaced out audience and the crowd swelled in front of the stage. The rich sound of the baritone saxophone, hard carnie vocals and peculiarity of a washboard stimulated bayou fever deep in the ear canals of all watching as this was an instance when 20 minutes was just too short and the performance could have gone on all night with no complaint." - Faster Louder.com


"Next Big Thing semi's - Faster Louder"

Mister & Sunbird carefully carried their plethora of instruments and hats to the stage to perform their own blend of party music and infectious bayou rhythms.

A bearded wacko in the crowd was loving it and made it known to the band while the mad and excitable were gypsy dancing, doing the limbo under scarves and even a doe-si-do. Making the baritone scream like a hell cat on coals Lush Like You was the feature track with the gritty vocals calling on the crowd to let loose. - Faster Louder.com


"Next Big Thing - X Press"

"Mister and Sunbird take the party vibes of the Cat Empire and lace them with a unique and infectious style of music that has proven irresistible to those who like to shake their stuff on the dance floor. The largest ensemble of the finalists, Mister and Sunbird layer their music in such a way as to evoke images if the golden age of Motown - where every player has their role, and every instrument gets its place at the forefront of the sound. Happy and vibrant, the resulting blend of horns, percussion and electric instruments is a warm and sunny contrast to the shit weather outside - and the perfect antitode to winter blues." - X Press Magazine


"Next Big Thing Heats - Faster Louder"

"Another change of pace was administered by the forth act Mister and Sunbird. Harking back to a 1930s New Orleans bluegrass/swing style the 5 stage bound members (who exist as a rotating line-up) played an assortment of instruments with finesse. Dressed up for the occasion in jackets and a variety of hats the band drew the attention of the spaced out audience and the crowd swelled in front of the stage. The rich sound of the baritone saxophone, hard carnie vocals and peculiarity of a washboard stimulated bayou fever deep in the ear canals of all watching as this was an instance when 20 minutes was just too short and the performance could have gone on all night with no complaint." - Faster Louder.com


Discography

Mister and Sunbird - Spirit Fingers (Double LP, 2008)
Mister - A Pocket Full of Songs (EP, 2007)
Sunbird - Lush Like You (EP, 2006)
Mister - If These Walls Could Sing (LP, 2006)

"Lush Like You" and "Eggs For Breakfast" from the Lush Like You EP received airplay on JJJ and were used as soundtrack in JTV stories. "Lush Like You" has been played on ABC Radio National, as well as "Bloody Mary" from Spirit Fingers, which has also been played on JJJ.
Numerous other tracks from Spirit Fingers have received extensive play on RTR FM in Perth, including "Drunk On You", which has also been performed live on ABC 720am.

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Bio

Mister and Sunbird turn their bellows onto the glowing embers at the heart of 20th Century music and bring forth a kaleidoscopic blaze of song. They breathe life into a wild range of forms - dirty blues and swing, ecstatic latin and ska grooves, surreal cabaret, right through to tender folk and country soul. Their carnivalesque live shows have filled dancefloors and drawn great acclaim around Australia and overseas.

The band is a union between Dave Lawrence’s "Sunbird" and Scott Kocuiruba’s "Mister and the Near Mrs", these two Perth songsmiths hitching their wagons together with stalwart friend Jay Pyefinch keeping things tight on bass. They are joined by an excellent array of soloists and percussionists in an evolving celebration of the liberating power of music. The band have already toured Australia and Europe, including shows at West Coast Blues and Roots Festival, Southbound and Woodford Folk Festival, established a fine second home in Barcelona, lightening the pockets of many a summer tourist, and received airplay on JJJfm, JTV, RTRfm, Radio National and 720am.

They are currently planning a North American tour and working on the follow-up to their debut double LP "Spirit Fingers", to be launched in March 2011.