The Distance

The Distance

BandCountryAmericana

Australian Country Rock or alt Country with a slight lean towards Blues and Americana. This band loves to travel, and is just as comfortable on a big festival stage or the corner of a pub.

Biography

There’s something to be said about the ‘company we keep’. On the long and winding road of a constantly travelling country rock band it’s always nice to be among good friends. That's exactly how The Distance have rolled from day one. The band has known each other most of their lives, and it is this chemistry and trust that makes The Distance one of the most invigorating and fresh acts on the Oz country rock scene today. Their second studio album, GROUNDED is the result of continued inspiration and the need to share these creative gems with worlds country music fans.
The Distance aim to put the listener into the heart of the matter, it is hoped that each songs contains enough soul to be understood and appreciated. Having something to say and the ability to say it is the premise of all good songwriters, the challenge is to be master craftsmen, sharing the faith, laying out the music for public scrutiny sees their new collection 'Grounded' offer all the right ingredients of greatness.
The album opener , first single and video clip “Country Life” immediately invites you into the album, the lyric contains the line, “They think they’ll miss the city, but they’ll learn to love the land”. This is the essence of The Distance, never having ventured to the big city to make their name, always believing their fans are in the heartland. The song features iconic Australian Crawl front man James Reyne joining lead singer Gavin Leadbetter on vocals. The album gathers momentum with “All the Dealing”, taking you to the edge of one mans despair, and his battle on drought affected land. The rural rocker “Commin on Fast” shows the band in full-fledged country rock mode, infectious harmonies, hard working guitars and a vitality that is born when the pressure is on. Drivers Wife, Little Cowgirl the soulful You Make It, all carry The Distance unique rural flavour.
The Distance aren't easy to pigeonhole. Trying to place a finger on the bands influence's is a difficult task. Dipping into the same well of American roots music that inspired John Cougar, The Eagles or Australian band The Flood, as well as building on their own ability to pen genuine original classic country rock songs.

Quick facts:
The Distance hail from Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. The band has been together 5 years and has notched up some great achievements in this time. Their debut album 'Dont Look Back' had 3 singles that all received great radio airplay. The video clips for all 3 songs also got high rotation on Foxtels CMC. Their new album 'Grounded' is available Australia wide through 'One Stop' distribution. The 1st single 'Country Life' features Aussie rock icon James Reyne on vocals. The clip for 'Country Life' stayed in the CMC Top30 for over 2 months. Their new single 'Commin on Fast' has just been released to national radio and the clip is also about to air on CMC. The band has just been offered an endorsment deal with 'Fender'.

Discography

LP: Dont Look Back (2006)
LP: Grounded (2008)
Single: Country Life (featuring James Reyne)

Set List

Our sets consist of a mixture of our original material with the occasional cover thrown in.

Original songs:
Country Life
All the Dealing
Commin on fast
Back Home
This Land
Little Cowgirl
Walk Away
Drivers Wife
Breakin Her soul
Lazy Sunday
Dont Look Back

Covers:
Long Time Gone (CSN)
Roll me away (Bob Seger)
Running on Empty (Jackson Browne)
Red Dirt Road (Brooks & Dunn)
The drinking will kill me (Dwight Yokam)
(plus many more.....)