Strangers in Paradise
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Strangers in Paradise


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The best kept secret in music


"Hearld Sun - Hit magazine"

"one of Melbourne's most exciting up and coming bands, Strangers in Paradise shoehorn hooks and melody into their catchy pop rock.. prepare to be impressed." - Cameron Adamas

"The Age - EG liftout"

' a killer chunk of pealing '80s ' intelligent rock'' - Clem Bastow

"Inpress magazine"

"not afraid to play songs that don't conform to today's style...Strangers in Paradise really have something. The songs will make this band stand out." - Neil Wedd

"Hearld Sun - Hit magazine"

"smart tight rock tunes-- without the slavish imitation blighting most of the current crop of '80s revivalists" - Shane O'Donohue

"Matchbox Records"

I really, really love it! Huge sound, amazing vocals and massive instrumental sections, this stuff is sublime, and beautiful, and serene.
- Will Sherman


Sunday, 26 Aug 2007
Strangers In Paradise hail from Melbourne, Australia. The band consists of Tristan James: vocals/guitar, Mal Beveridge: bass, and Mike Minten: drums. They formed in 2005. Since then they have been steadily building up quite a following and earning rave reviews.

Listening to their debut single, “I Know Why”, it’s easy to see why the song was described as “a killer chunk of appealing 80s intelligent rock”. With a stunning vocal delivery and lead guitar work somewhat reminiscent of the U2’s The Edge layered on top of a driving bassline…these guys rock and I predict we will be hearing a lot more of them in the not too distant future.

- Mark - London Calling - Marc

"Music Journalist Uk"

Strangers in Paradise - I know why

When this big guitar riff of “I Know Why” kicks in, your going to think Big Country for sure, and these Aussie boys DO seem to have a fair amount in common with that legendary Scottish outfit when it comes to writing rousing, ringing songs. This song drives along at a vivid pace from start to finish, without ever seeming urgent or forced, and has a symmetrical arrangement that brings all the best bits back into the mix at the right times. It’s easy to see why the Aussie press like them: they are definitely a proposition.

- David Chislett


'I Know Why' promo release


Feeling a bit camera shy


Since coming together as a band in 2005, SIP has grown into a formidable prospect. When singer/songwriter Tristan James decided in 2005 that he missed the camaraderie found working within a band, he approached friends and sometimes-musical collaborators Mal Beveridge (bass) and Mike Minten (drums). It was fairly obvious from the first rehearsal that this was a unit that was not only going to work, but excel. Each person brought a distinct set of influences to the equation: Tristan, his love of simple and powerful songwriting in the vein of U2, Oasis and Van Morrison, Mal a vast experience in playing rock, blues, funk and jazz, and Mike, an ill-matched passion for Depeche Mode and Iron Maiden, Simple Minds and Metallica. The common thread was a desire to create distinctive, yet accessible music with an emphasis on hooks and melodies. When it came to the song-writing process, Strangers in Paradise had a simple agenda; to set trends, not follow them.

Their songs have been given rave reviews by Melbourne's top music journalists, including glowing endorsements from Herald Sun music critic Cameron Adams who described their sound as "potential laden" whilst , Age and Inpress writer Clem Bastow gave their first single 'I Know Why' a glowing endorsement, calling it "a killer chunk of pealing '80's 'intelligent rock". Their impact as a live act as been similarly impressive. Regularly playing in Melbourne's premier music venues, SIP has gained a reputation as a truly exceptional live act. Word of mouth is not only seeing their live shows draws a loyal and fast developing fan base, but has also had them added to high profile gigs such as the Make Poverty History concert. SIP also received a rapturous reception to their slot at the 2006 Queenscliff Music Festival. The second half of 2007 sees the band back in the studio, demoing new material with the hope of releasing their first single in early 2008.