The Urban Chiefs
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The Urban Chiefs

Chippendale, New South Wales, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2009

Chippendale, New South Wales, Australia
Established on Jan, 2009
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Blues and Roots Artist for 2013 - MUSICOZ Australian Independent Music Awards
The Urban Chiefs are one of the hardest working roots rock bands in Oz. Lovers of psychedelic,
blues slide guitar, insane percussive grooves, whisky sour vocals and powerhouse soul mamma
backing will love this show!
“Rise Above, a cracking slab of psyche-blues.”
‘The Chiefs’ have recently become a trio adding the soulful vocals of Roshani. The newly formed
three piece are excited for what the future holds for them after such a successful month long tour
of QLD. The ease of which the show came together and also the audience participation are great
indicators of what’s to come.
“I was blown away when I saw them perform and I thought to myself, I want to be apart of that energy!”
The Urban Chiefs recorded their third studio album at Damien Gerard Studios Balmain at the end
of 2013. Returning to work with industry veteran engineer/producer Russel Pilling (The Church,
Hoodoo Gurus, The Vines) for a second time, Blake and Glendon have established their identity
and found their voice, with this new record, ‘Rise Above’. This is a musician’s album and the
musicians are technicians, craftsman with their instruments. The first single ‘The Game’ was
released digitally through MGM Distribution. ‘Rise Above’ was released at the Adelaide Fringe in
February 2014.
"Mix Woodstock era psychedelia with slide guitar fiery enough to weld a car axle, The
Urabn Chiefs are heavyweights in a genre of music that often lack that fire in the belly
instinct. Keep the fire extinguishers handy when these guys play!"
- CJ PLAIN, Firebrand Rock Radio Detroit USA
No strangers to the road and with over 400 shows under their belt since 2010. 2012/13 saw them
hit the road on a six month long national tour, promoting their first record City of Light, recorded in
2012. After clocking up over 30,000km’s and covering six states the boys were invited to play the
2013 Bluesfest busking stage in Byron Bay, wowing the well seasoned audience with their energy
packed show.

* 2014 - Single ‘Gotta Rise’ Aired on Triple J’s Roots ‘n’ All show
* 2014 - Film Clip for 'Gotta Rise' Aired on Rage
* 2013 - Top 5 Blues and Roots Artists at the Australian Independent Music Awards
* 2013 - latest single, Shot Glass Blues, added to ABC Dig Music playlist
* 2012 - City of Light debuted at #18 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts
* 2010-2012- several entries in the Top 10 charts on triple j unearthed (national & roots charts)

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013
Adelaide Fringe x 2 2013/2014
Cairns Blues Festival 2013
Sydney Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival x 4 2011-2014
Agnes Waters Blues & Roots Festival 2014
Aireys Inlet Festival 2013
Tamworth Music Festival x 5 2010-20

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