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"Dion Read & The Afterthoughts "The Shoes & Gloves""

Dion Read is almost the textbook example of the quirky piano pop meister, with his opening track "If I was there for you." It has echos of Ben Folds and that song from Apple's iphone commercial by Orba Squara. It's got a nice melody and the follow up "Unloving You" is even better, with some sweet multitracked harmony. This four track EP is an impressive debut worth a spin on the ipod. Hey, Apple can you use Dion's song for the next tv spot? - Powerpopaholic

"Dion Read & The Afterthoughts-The Shoes & Gloves EP."

An impressive debut from this piano-based Aussie. He cites the Bens (Folds, Lee, Kweller - and Affleck) as influences, and you can hear certainly hear them (OK, maybe not Affleck). It's only four songs, but it's worth every penny as the quality is high. Had this one come earlier in the year, I'd have found a spot on the top 10 EP list for it. - Absolute Powerpop

"The Shoes and Gloves EP Review"

Charming. Dainty. Smile. Delicious. Sweet. Quirky. These are the words coming to mind as I absorb the opening track- If I Was There For You- on Dion Read and The Afterthoughts’ The Shoes & Gloves EP.

Lyrics like “What’s your boyfriend’s name? Are you sure that he’s not gay? I guess it’s true what they say, not funny ha-ha, but slightly funny strange� make Dion instantly endearing. A slightly softer- and more amusing- Josh Pyke, a less country Ben Kweller, Dion sings the kind of songs that make girls want to take their men home to Mama. Or whomever they have at home. The Triple J endorsed Unloving You bursts with catchy, jangly piano and Dion’s particular husky vox. The way he says “you� in songs isn’t detached- it feels like you. No, this song isn’t for anyone else, it was written for me, you think. The Ben Folds influence is clear: not in a defamatory way, simply in their sharing of pleasing harmonies, delectable piano and humorous, quaint lyrics. I am constantly surprised, when listening to this EP, that Dion & The Afterthoughts- that’d be James on bass/synth/table tennis spectating and Kyle on drums and gristle- have not been snapped up by some indie label and plonked into major airwaves so everyone else can love them too.

Serious rounds off the 4-track EP in a stunning cloud of keys and gorgeous vocals from Mr. Read, and I am intensely disappointed I have no more to listen to. If you like the kind of indie-acoustica that is slathering all over the music industry these days- both underground and mainstream, it’s everywhere!- Dion Read beats all of that. Pavarotti once said; “Compare music to drinks. Some is like a strong brandy. Some is like a fine wine. The music you’re playing sounds like Diet Coke�. I believe bands like The Shins are Diet Coke (nay, Coke Zero!); all flash and gash, no real flavour, mostly artificial. Dion Read is the sweet wine lulling me off to sleep. Get into ‘em, kids. -


Album due mid 2013.
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Dion (Dion Read & The Afterthoughts, Rhiannon Hart & The Umm-Ahhs) and Vincent (Vincent Kemp & The Dead Lovers, Dextor’s Conscience) play really catchy piano rock. But smart catchy, not Crazy Frog catchy. They’re not that mean. The songs sound happy but are about sad things. Vincent portrays this sadness through his preferred medium of hitting drums and cymbals really hard. This makes Dion happy, so he writes more happy sounding songs about sad things.

Raised in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland, Dion was continually exposed to his father’s love of everything 60s pop music, instilling a love of melody and pop structure from an early age. With a hard hitting and rhythmic based piano playing style, comparisons to artists like Ben Folds are inevitable.

Dion graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Music (Production) in 2004, the same class as distinguished alumni Tara Simmons and Peet Gardner.

Dion has toured and released two critically successful self-produced EPs with his previous band Dion Read & The Afterthoughts, The Shoes and Gloves EP and Be Here Right Now, receiving national airplay on Triple J and ABC. He has recently been performing solo and in Brisbane alt-pop band Rhiannon Hart & The Umm-Ahhs.

Performing with The Afterthoughts, Dion has played iconic Melbourne venues The Toff, The Espy, The Evelyn, Manchester Lane, 303 and Veludo as well as Sunshine Coast establishments Joe’s Waterhole and Peregian Originals.