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– Matthew Woodward (News Hit)It’s been a long, well-trodden road since 2007 when Brothers Grim and The Blue Murders were first established.The Brother’s unique morphing of the delta-blues finger-styling’s of Bukka White delivered with the boogie of Gene Vincent, the bloodlust of Rose Tattoo and the spectacle of Iggy Pop plus five years of electrifying, lustful and often humorous live performances have fashioned this foursome into a well-loved group that never disappoints.Every mile on every highway, every sweat-soaked performance and every morning awaking in someone’s flower bed has been more than fruitful for the Brothers; converting all who see them, party with them or be-friend them into a rapidly growing community across Australia. It’s hard to talk about Brothers Grim without talking about their fans. In fact, they are almost the same thing, one massive pool of chaos and sweat heaving in a tangled interaction of mutual lust and excitement.Formed in 2007, James and Matt Grim (Guitarist to look out for in 2011 – Australia Guitar Player Magazine) began writing slide-infused songs inspired by the blues music they grew up listening to but delivered with the possession and abandonment of the rock music that inspired their youth. Currently accompanied by the always impressive drumming of Stephen Devlin and now with newest member Dominic Lindus attacking the double bass, their live shows are more gripping than ever.With a sold-out album launch at The Corner Hotel in July 2011 behind them, the MGM release sell out of their debut album A Year To Forget, playing an impressive array of large national venues, performances and invitations to some of Australia’s largest festivals and a new album well under way – it’s hard to see a future as apparent as theirs.
INTRODUCING: THE PINT SIZED POWERHOUSE OF THE BLUES
Andrea Marr, considered the queen of Australian Blues for her high energy, joyous performances, and clever tongue-in-cheek lyrical content, is proud to announce the release of her first official soul album – the EP “Sass & Brass.” The sound is a combination of soul and blues, filled with the genuine passion of someone who has truly loved and lived this music. It’s a powerfully energetic, brassy, big sound, reminiscent of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Ike & Tina Turner, and the JBs. The album is the result of a second collaboration with co-producer Cam Scott, also Andrea’s keyboard player and arranger for several years. It’s a follow up to her last CD “Little Sister Got Soul,” which peaked at #18 on the Living Blues Radio Charts, and garnered many recognitions and rave reviews, including 2009 Australian Female Blues Artist of the Year. Although short and sweet, Andrea’s new EP serves up a heaping helping of steamy, sultry soul to shake your booty too.
Andrea has been singing blues, soul, and gospel music since 1997. “Sass & Brass” marks her fifth recording overall, and second release in the United States. She’s known for her trademark sultry, sassy, and soulful vocals, and a style that mixes high-energy blues with a Stax styled, big soul sound. Her passion and feeling for music and standout vocal style have earned her many fans; much deserved awards and recognitions, and have taken her and her music all over the world. Andrea plans to tour the US again in the summer of 2013.
Transvaal Diamond Syndicate
Transvaal Diamond Syndicate (TDS) are the manufacturers of some of Australia’s finest foot-stompin’ swamp and dirty blues/rock.”Great guitar riffs with cool and clear lyrics. Bound to get the speakers rattling.” Sydney Daily Telegraph”Fans of Clutch and Ash Grunwald need to sit up and take notice now. Deadly! 5 STARS.” Zoo WeeklyAS FEATURED ON TRIPLE J RADIOPERFORMED AT 2011 BYRON BLUESFESTJuly 2009 saw the beginning of a rapid upwards journey for Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, almost immediately garnering attention for their raw, energetic, exciting and often primeval live shows. Since then, the TDS have only gone from strength to strength, gathering fans left and right from constant touring and performing and engaging with fans through their strong online presence (e.g YouTube – Tuesday Tinnies with TDS).Now it seems all the hard work is paying off – Transvaal Diamond Syndicate’s 2011 was shaped by their inclusion on Australia’s premier Festival, Byron Bay Bluesfest, alongside international acts such as Bob Dylan, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Ben Harper as well as the signing of a record deal with Starving Kids Records/MGM for their latest release. Then followed a 40-date East Coast tour to promote ‘Sins of the Blessed’, their 7 track mini-album which showcases the band’s diversity as it moves and swells through straight blues progressions into half-time rock and rockabilly into stoner groove and dark roots balladry.The 3 single releases thus far have fared well in the market with lead track ‘Devil on My Shoulder’ and straight-blues’ ‘Ol’ Carolina’ receiving Triple J Radio play, along with stoner-anthem ‘I’m Your Ticket’ gaining the # 6 ‘Hottest Track of 2011’ (4ZzZ Radio Brisbane) and ‘top 10 most-requested track on Community Radio’ status in September (AMRAP). ‘Devil on My Shoulder’ made the finalists of the Independent Music Awards (Blues Song Category), an international song competition, and also featured on the 2011 Brisbane Sounds Compilation. The album’s shaping up to be a cracker and was released NATIONWIDE through MGM Distribution, Starving Kids Records and JBHiFi in late 2011. Head into your local JB’s to grab yourself a copy.
“This Brisbane band has the season’s soundtrack ready and waiting… blistering stuff – 4 stars.” Courier Mail
Their live show reputation, full of sweaty machismo, catchy hooks, foot-stompin’ beats and tribal expression, has grabbed them support slots including Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca, The Snowdroppers, The Fumes, Elliot Brood (Canada), Marshall and the Fro and The Beards. It has also seen them headline over 100 venues around the country.
The September 2010 EP release, Diamonds and Dust also performed well, with track 1 Behind That Smile awarded a 2010 Q-Song Highly Commended spot in the Blues and Roots category whilst track 4 Home was the number 1 song in 4ZzZ’s Hot 100 songs of 2010 and won the Qld Blues Awards ‘Song of the Year’. Home was also in the top 20 purchased singles in the week it was released on iTunes Australia (Blues genre) and has been used in a range of international synch opportunities. TDS also nabbed a top 40 slot in the AMRAP charts for Artists most played on Australian Community Radio in 2010, with Home and Behind That Smile both being in the top 10 overall in numerous weeks in late 2010. They now feature regularly on a large number of radio stations across the country.
2012 has kept the band super busy with a 63 date mammoth tour of the East Coast (Cairns down to Tasmania). The tour promoted the latest single release ‘Pistols at Dawn’ and saw the act clock up over 20,000kms on the trusty tour van (TDS EXPRESS). Add to this 8 confirmed festivals throughout Australia and writing for a new album and you’ll see why they have been tagged as one of the hardest working bands in the country.
The band has another major national tour planned from Feb – July 2013, along with a new full-length release and confirmed festival appearances at Blues on Broadbeach amongst others.
Dallas and her band have just returned from New York with their second full length album in hand, where they worked with Australian producer Andy Baldwin (Bjork, Chrissie Amphlett, Living End, Kram, Cat Empire) at Rola Pola Studio’s in Brooklyn.One of the tracks from the upcoming album has been mixed by the legendary producer Tchad Blake (Black Keys, Elvis Costello, Pearl Jam, Tom Waits, Sheryl Crow, The Dandy Warhols, Gomez) in the south of France. It’s shaping up to be a big year for the Australian Underground retro riff rocker, with “Sound Painter” due for release in 2012.The entire album was recorded live in New York after 4 months of songwriting in Melbourne. Expect slabs of guitar riffage, skin slamming drums and heavy, soulful vocals.Dallas recalls, “Recording in New York, riding our pushies across the WIllamsburg Bridge every day from Manhattan, that change of scene was inspiring. It gave me, Jeff and Pete a chance to be anything we wanted to. You can hear the confidence on the recording we made.”By the age 18 Frasca was on the road, chanelling all the sass and irreverence of Chrissie Amphlett and Suze Demarchi. Armed with power and torque reminiscent of Aretha Franklin and Betty Davis her stand out voice didn’t take long to get noticed. After developing nodules and being forced not to sing for 18 months she turned her gaze to the guitar, and her evolution was complete.In 2006, she won triple j’s “Light Your Fuse” competition from over 500 entries. Her career exploded from there. Dallas won the 2010 ‘Artist Of The Year’ at the Musicoz Awards and her album was voted in the ‘top ten’ best roots releases on JJJ in 2009. She has also stormed the stages at countless major festivals (Big Day Out, Falls, Bluesfest, Pyramid Rock, Festival of the Sun, Queenscliff, Southbound, and major French festival – Blues Passion Cognac). The bands tribal and stomping roots performances have earned them a large, loyal fan base.
In 2008 Dallas sang for Aussie Alt-Rock royalty Midnight Oil in Sydney, in support of Amnesty International.
In early 2009 Dallas was invited to perform as one of seven artists from seven continents of the planet for International Earth Day in Montreal. It not only allowed her the thrill of holding a dialogue with fellow-artists about social and environmental issues, but she caught the ear of Canadian promoters who have invited her to come back and tour there.
One very loud woman stands out musically and vocally from the rest. Independent of major labels, trends and a bullshit industry that all to often is nothing but smoke and mirrors.
Dallas Frasca is a hard working independent juggernaut who, with this yet to be released album, is carving the way with her band in Australia and internationally.
“Currently one of the most successful independent musicians in Australia.”
“If you like your rock molten, monolithic and propelled by passion and authenticity, it’s time to tune into Dallas Frasca.”
“Frasca’s voice seems to be getting more versatile and refined – she has the makings of a superstar.”