PHONOGRAPH

PHONOGRAPH

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Daring to shake up old styles with new sounds. Phonograph are gagging, busting and chomping at the bit, to stir it up and shake it out! Edgy pop/rock tunes and charismatic performances

Biography

PHONOGRAPH

With their charismatic brit-grit performances and their moody pop-rock tunes, Sydney based Phonograph put the talent back in indie cool.

In 2003, the Phonograph boys were drawn together via their shared passion for the brit-pop paradise of past. Yet their first EP, Black and Blue, also showed Phonograph as not devoid of Australian rock sensibilities. In Black and Blue the boys balanced out their brit-pop influences with some dark rock sentiment.

Their second EP, modestly and misleadingly titled Sucker in the Cool, allowed Phonograph to display their hit-single writing abilities. Sucker was a hit with radio and live audiences alike – a particular favourite of all the tight-black jeans wearing folk.

It’s certainly their potent combination of skill and style that has seen Phonograph successes so far. Whether it’s from their poses in Marie Claire Magazine or their reviews in industry press – people know Phonograph have it.

The Phonograph boys are each talented and distinctive. Live and on record they combine their unique sounds and energies to push themselves and their audiences beyond the traditional boundaries of pop, of rock, and of performance.

PHONOGRAPH AT A GLANCE

Ben Hassell (guitar / vocals)
Matt Edge (bass / vocals)
Jesse Porter (drums)
Steve Claxton (guitar/keys/vocals)

First EP - The Phonograph EP, was released in October 2004 through Didgeridoo Records, now available through Shock Records.

Tracks:
1 Black and Blue
2 Little While
3 Unoriginal Man
+ Black and Blue film clip, Black and Blue Live @ The Annandale Clip

Current EP - Sucker In The Cool - released in July 2005

TRACKS:
1 SUCKER IN THE COOL
2 EDISON
3 BLAME IT ALL ON ME
4 MR TROUBLEMAKER
5 + bonus track LEADER.
Enhanced cd feature: film clip and photo gallery

Airplay: FBI 94.5fm, Planet Rock feature: Launch pad Artist (December 2004), Triple J: Home and Hosed, Super Request, PBS

National Media coverage, Rage, Brag, Drum, Inpress, Beat, MX Paper NSW/VIC, Marie Claire colour feature Dec 2005.

International Media - radio airplay in Japan (Yellow Beat at Shonan Beach FM 78.9MHz, JOZZ3ABFM, Japan 200,000 listeners) and Italy (Citta Del Capo Radio Metropolitana - Bologna Modenna Ferrara ITALY, 6.250, 94.700 MHz),

Licensing - music has been featured on 2 dvd products and Trop Fest film

Headlines in Sydney - The Hopetoun, Annandale, Spectrum, Excelsior, frequent Melbourne gigs

Supported - Betchadupa, 67 Special, The Hampdens, Riff Random, Vanlustbader
Recently performed at Come Together Festival #2 Luna Park Sydney www.cometogether.com.au

Press:

"With a good shot of pop shaken, not stirred to boot. Their initial single 'Black & Blue' is a Brit popper's wet dream; tight, unyielding and insatiably catchy."

Ellie Glass - The Brag - July 2004

"A plaintive dirty wash, sparse to brooding warmth drifting toward a lively cutting shuffle. Phonograph? Too Bloody Good"

Steve Andersen - The Drum Media - March 2005

Discography

The Phonograph EP - October 2004

1 Black and Blue
2 Little While
3 Unoriginal Man
+ Black and Blue film clip – Black and Blue Live @ The Annandale Clip

Sucker In The Cool (EP) - July 2005

1 SUCKER IN THE COOL
2 EDISON
3 BLAME IT ALL ON ME
4 MR TROUBLEMAKER
5 + bonus track LEADER.
Enhanced cd feature: film clip and photo gallery

Both releases distributed by Shock Records

Set List

Various original material, current works and previously unreleased/recorded material. Typical set time 45 mins, longer on request.