PEABODY turns 20 and becomes officially heritage listed

 

“… genuinely engrossing” Rolling Stone

Loose Manifesto is as solid as you could possibly expect from a band that has been squeezing out quality tunes and playing like their lives depended on it for well over a decade” The Vine

 

Hold on to your hats, people of Australia: the Peabody indie-post-punk-rock machine is celebrating its 20th birthday.

Don’t miss Peabody celebrate an impressive 20 years at Yah Yah’s in Melbourne onFriday 6 June, with guests The Barebones & Motel Love, and at The Roller Den (Imperial Hotel) in Sydney on Friday 13 June, with special guests Further & SPOD.

In an age of disposability and overnight success stories, this one is for the foolish romantics, the believers and for those who think the accepted measure of success is truly an iffy concept.

It was way back in 1994 that the line-up that was to record its first EP (Hi-Cycle, 1997) played its first gig at the Lewisham Hotel, Sydney. That line up changed slightly when Graeme Trewin took over drumming duties in 1999 and went on to record the 2000 EP Rock, Girls & Computers, as well as the classic albums, Professional Againster (2002) and The New Violence (2005) – the latter being labelled “approaching masterpiece status” by Mark Nielsen for Drum Media.

Trewin amicably left the Peas in 2007, which saw the birth of the current line-up of Ben Chamie (bass, vocals), Bruno Brayovic (vocals, guitar), Jared Harrison (drums) and for the first time, a fourth member in the form of Tristan Courtney-Prior (guitar). This line up has released two albums so far – Prospero (2008) and Loose Manifesto (2010), which received 4/5 stars in The Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times and The Age from legendary reviewer, Bernard Zuel.

Throughout these 20 years the band has had some help from some kind, kindred and obviously misguided spirits, but has generally made its own way up the shit stream of the music industry using a fork for a paddle, smiling and waving at those in the private bungalows by the side. These boys-to-men have managed to play thousands of shows around Australia, both as headliners and supports for bands such as You Am I, Youth Group and Hoodoo Gurus; play festivals such as the Big Day Out, Homebake, Livid and Come Together on numerous occasions; and even embark on one very modest overseas tour.

Come and celebrate the noise as Peabody plays two very special shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Set lists will cover the whole 20 years and will feature both the current four-piece line-up as well as the classic three-piece version with Trewin on drums. Plus some very special guests will also join Peabody on stage.

Peabody is also over the moon to announce that the Sydney show will feature their long-time pals Further as special guests. These guys only dust off their guitars to support international bands these days, so it is a rare treat to see the great beast that is Further in action at a local show. They are not for the faint-hearted.

PEABODY
20th Birthday Shows

MELBOURNE – FRIDAY 6 JUNE @ Yah Yahs, Collingwood. With The Barebones & Motel Love

SYDNEY – FRIDAY 13 JUNE @ The Roller Den (Imperial Hotel), Erskineville. With Further & SPOD

Peabody will also play The Workers Club in Fitzroy, Melbourne on Saturday 7 June, supporting The Fauves.

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Nicole Jones |  E: nicole@njpublicity.com | P: +49 (0)157 76857831

Posted by Bruno on April 30th, 2014

Happy birthday to us

Hold on to your hats, people of Australia, the Peabody indie-post-punk-rock machine is gearing up to celebrate its 20th birthday. TWENTY!!! Shit we’re old. Yep, it was way back in 1994 that the line-up that was to record their first EP (Hi-Cycle, 1997) played their first gig at the Lewisham Hotel. That line up consisted of Ben Chamie, Bruno Brayovic & Garry Butler on drums. Butler was eventually replaced by Graeme Trewin in 1999 (with a brief stint on the drum stool by Dave ‘Mad Dog’ Farquar), who played on the 2000 EP, Rock, Girls & Computers, as well as the classic albums, Professional Againster (2002) and The New Violence (2005).

Trewin left the Peas in 2007 to pursue a career enriching uranium for Iran, which saw the birth of the current line-up of Chamie, Brayovic, Jared ‘Aquaman’ Harrison on drums and for the first time, a fourth member in the form of Tristan Courtney-Prior (guitar). This line up has released two albums so far – Prospero (2008) and Loose Manifesto (2010), which received 4/5 stars in The Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times & The Age from legendary reviewer, Bernard Zuel.

In our 20 years we’ve had some help from some kind & kindred spirits but have generally made our own way up the shit stream of the music industry using a fork for a paddle, smiling and waving at those in the private bungalows by the side. We’ve managed to put out four albums; play thousands of shows all around Australia (and embark on one very modest overseas tour) as part of headlining tours or supporting bands such as You Am I, Youth Group, Hoodoo Gurus; and play festivals such as the Big Day Out, Homebake, Livid and Come Together on numerous occasions.

Peabody will be playing some very special shows in Sydney and Melbourne to celebrate its 20th birthday. Keep your eyes peeled for details.

Posted by Bruno on March 18th, 2014

2012 – The year of no Peabody

Hey you, just relax for the year while Peabody take their first break in 17 years. The Peas will be back in action at some point in 2013 and they will be more the same than they ever were.

Good tidings to you.

Posted by Bruno on July 1st, 2012