Andy Strachan

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Andy Strachan
Birth name Andrew Douglas Strachan
Born (1974-08-20) 20 August 1974 (age 39)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Genres Alternative rock, punk rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter, backing vocals
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1989–present
Labels EMI, Reprise
Associated acts The Runaways, Poxsii Barccs, Alcotomic, Pollyanna, The Living End, The Longnecks
Website thelivingend.com.au
Notable instruments
Pearl Masterworks Series Drums, Zildjian Cymbals

Andrew Douglas Strachan (born 20 August 1974) is an Australian rock musician. In 1994, after growing up in Adelaide, he relocated to Melbourne where in 2000 he became the drummer of alternative rock group, Pollyanna. In 2002, he joined fellow alternative rockers, The Living End, they have issued four Top 5 albums on the ARIA Charts, Modern Artillery (No 3 in 2003), State of Emergency (No. 1 in 2006), White Noise (No. 2 in 2008) and The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating (No. 3 in 2011).

Biography[edit]

Andrew Douglas Strachan was born on 20 August 1974 and grew up in Adelaide. Strachan completed secondary education at Aberfoyle Park High School, then studied Natural Therapies for three years and worked in hospitality doing restaurant work. Strachan had started drumming at the age of 12, receiving tuition from Frets and Stix music shop in Reynella. At age 15, he began in an Adelaide band, The Runaways, playing covers of mostly 1950s and 1960s songs – similar to future The Living End founders Chris Cheney and Scott Owen, whose earlier group, The Runaway Boys was a cover band in Melbourne in 1992.[1]

In 1993 Strachan formed Poxsii Barccs with Gary Hopper on lead vocals, Paul Inglis on lead guitar and Toby Martin on bass guitar and backing vocals.[2] In 1994 the group moved to Melbourne.[2] In 1996 he formed the rock trio, Alcotomic, with John Baxter (ex-Holocene) and Denny Brereton. In 1998 Strachan's former bandmate, Inglis joined, in 2001 the band folded after releasing one self-titled EP and two singles. As a member of Alcotomic, Strachan shared songwriting credits with Baxter and Inglis on 13 tracks.[3]

Strachan was in Latrobe Valley-based pop rockers, P76,[4] with Leigh Thomas on guitar and vocals, Danny McDonald on guitar and vocals, and Tim Mills on bass guitar. By 2000 he had joined Melbourne alternate rockers, Pollyanna,[4] with Maryke Stapleton on vocals and Matt Handley on guitar.

The Living End[edit]

Main article: The Living End

Early in 2002 Andy Strachan was introduced to alternate rockers, The Living End, upon the departure of their previous drummer Travis Demsey in February.[5] While Strachan filled in on drums with the group – initially they played new material under the pseudonym The Longnecks – they continued auditions for a new drummer.[5][6] Strachan later reflected that the early shows as The Longnecks "were more nerve-wracking than the big shows... There's always going to be guys in the crowd going, 'I can't wait to see him fuck up'. But I was very lucky in that Chris and Scott never treated me as 'that ring-in bloke'".[6] By April he had officially joined the line-up,[5] and his first release with the group was an extended play, One Said to the Other in January 2003, followed by their third studio album, Modern Artillery, in October. For the album, Strachan shared songwriting credits on "Short Notice" with Cheney and Owen.[7] Allmusic's Johnny Loftus picked it as one of the album's best tracks, "1977 Upstarts colors won't wilt, even in the face of crackly drum programming and vocal filters. It's a representative song for a problematic yet still promising album stuck between engineered formula and real deal rock".[8]

Modern Artillery peaked at number three on the ARIA Albums Chart, while, in February 2006, their next studio album, State of Emergency reached number one.[9] Strachan won the 2006 Jack Award for Australia's Best Drummer. The Living End's next album, White Noise (July 2008) peaked at number two while their July 2011 album, The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating reached number three.[9]

Personal life[edit]

By 2007 Andy Strachan was married to Jacki and from 2008 they were living in Barwon Heads.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'The Living End'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-865-08072-1. Archived from the original on 30 September 2004. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Martin, Toby. "About Me". Mowif. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "'Adjusted' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 25 May 2012.  Note: to search for other titles click 'Search again' and enter at Performer: alcotomic.
  4. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus. "The Living End". Australian Rock Database. Passagen (Magnus Holmgren). Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Nimmervoll, Ed. "The Living End". Howlspace – The Living History of Our Music (Ed Nimmervoll). White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd. Archived from the original on 27 July 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Valentish, Jenny (August 2011). "The Living End Extended Interview". Triple J Magazine (53) (Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)). Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "ACE Title Search: 'Short Notice'". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Modern Artillery – The Living End". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography: The Living End". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Murfett, Andrew (30 November 2007). "Beginning of the End". The Age (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Shand, Jenny (30 January 2009). "Living to a New Beat". Geelong Advertiser (News Limited (News Corporation)). Retrieved 25 May 2012. 

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