Full Scale (band)

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Full Scale
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Genres Progressive metal
Alternative rock
Years active 1998–2006 2009–2010
Labels Popstar, Columbia
Associated acts Mammal
Past members see Members list below

Full Scale (formerly known as Full Scale Deflection) was an Australian alternative metal band that formed in Perth, Western Australia in 1998.[1] The band relocated to Melbourne, Victoria in 2001.

Full Scale released two Extended Plays; Black Arrows and White Arrows both in 2003 on Popstar Records. They also released a self-titled studio album issued in 2005 on Columbia Records called Full Scale.


Full Scale was formed in 1998 in Perth under the name Full Scale Deflection. By 1999, they consisted of Ezekiel the Ox on vocals, Nic Frey on drums, Chris Frey on bass guitar, Forrester Savell on synthesiser, and Jimmy Tee on guitar. Matt Crute (aka Crutey) soon replaced Nic Frey on drums. Rob Kaay replaced Chris Frey on bass guitar by 2000.[1] They released the album Symptoms of Chaos on 11 November 2000. The band dropped the word Deflection from their name and then moved to Melbourne in 2001. Despite playing their original songs for some of their shows, they developed new music.

Rob Kaay and Andrew McGuiness (a lawyer) formed a record label called Popstar Records, and Full Scale released their debut Extended Play, Black Arrows in March 2003. This was followed by a second Extended Play, White Arrows in August.[2] There was also a brief line-up change; Tee left the band, being replaced by Tristan Ross for approximately 6 months. Under the management of Rob Kaay, the band toured the east coast extensively.

According to Allmusic's reviewer, Johnny Loftus, "the band's hard-hitting, gristly sound -- led by Ox's vocal seethe -- caught the interest of American majors".[3] By the end of the year, Tee rejoined and the band moved to Los Angeles where they were signed to Columbia Records (SonyBMG)[4] and released their self-titled album, Full Scale, on 8 March 2005.[5] After the album's release they toured the United States as the opening act for US rock band, Hed PE.[6]

Upon returning to Australia, Crutey and Tee decided to play one last show with the band and Ben Brennan (Seven, Full Scale Revolution) played his first show with Full Scale on bass guitar at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne on 17 March 2006. Ezekiel Ox moved on to a new group, Mammal.[5]

After Full Scale[edit]

Main articles: Ezekiel Ox and Mammal (band)

Ezekiel Ox became the front man of the band Over-Reactor (based in Melbourne), who released their album "Lose Your Delusion". After Full Scale, he became the front man for Mammal,[7] from March 2006, they released an EP called Mammal. Their single "Slaves" was produced by Ox's ex-bandmate Savell. They later released two albums (Vol 1: The Aural Underground and The Majority) and disbanded in 2009. He is still front-man of The Ox & the Fury with Brennan, Lucius Borich and Dom Italiano, as an alternate country music group, he also appeared in theatre, and produced music for hip hop groups.

Rob Kaay is now an author. Right after Full Scale though, he joined Sunk Loto in September 2006, until they broke up in December 2007.[8][9] After that he was involved in a demo EP with the Brown brothers, tentatively entitled, The Flood. Deciding to retire from the live-music-touring scene in 2008, Rob released a book on his recollections of being in different bands over a period of ten years. The book is called the Robkaay Journals. Vol. I, My Glorious Nightmare and was released in 2008.[10] Vol. II followed in 2010 and is called, This is what it's really like being in a band. He has also written a fantasy fiction novel called, Silverbirch: A Tear in the Fabric of the Night Sky which was released in 2009.[11] Rob continues to write and release novels.

Crutey runs the "Saltar Hype" booking agency out of Melbourne, and still plays in different projects (one with Ben Brennan) as well as appearing with Ox in "The Ox and The Fury."[12] As of 2009, he became the drummer for the Tim McMillan Band.

Jimmy Tee went on to play for the U.S. band Helmet[13] for a short period, touring the world with them. He is now the guitarist for the heavy rock band "Sleeping Giant," a band that formed in 2010 in Perth.

Forrester Savell has gone on to produce records by Dead Letter Circus, Karnivool, The Butterfly Effect and Human Nature. He was nominated as 'Producer of the Year' at the ARIA Music Awards of 2009 for Karnivool's Sound Awake. He continues to work with Ox on the project Smash Nova.[14]

Chris Frey (from the original F.S.D.) is an award winning film maker working in Melbourne. He was a video director for Karnivool's "Set Fire to the Hive" which was nominated for 'Australian Music Video of the Year' at the 2009 J Awards. He also directed two film clips for Ox's band Mammamal, for the songs "Smash the Pinata" and "The Majority".[15]

In 2008, "Colour, Light, Movement, Sound!" (a documentary on Full Scale's journey from Perth to America and their subsequent demise) was released on DVD.[16] The DVD contains a bonus disc called Bootleg which contains live clips from assorted shows in the band's career. The release of the DVD was marked with a launch party at Melbourne's Hi-Fi Bar.[17] Ezekiel Ox, Jimmy Tee, Crutey and Rob Kaay attended the launch party, and came on stage at the end of the night to give their thanks and to take one last bow for their fans.

In 2010, Jimmy Tee and Rob Kaay were asked to reform Full Scale, but both declined. A new band, with Ezekiel Ox, Crutey, Tristan Ross and Ben Brennan was formed for a short while, taking on the name Full Scale Revolution. Proceeds from this tour went to the Refugee Action Collective. During this tour, Jimmy Tee played one song "The Heimlich Manoeuvre" with Full Scale Revolution in Fremantle at the Newport Hotel on 6 June 2010.





  • Party Political (2005)
  • Feel It (2005)


Full Scale Deflection

  • Ezekiel Ox – vocals (1998–2000)
  • Chris Frey – bass guitar (1998–2000)
  • Nic Frey – drums (1998–1999)
  • Forrester Savell – synthesisers (1998–2000)
  • Matt "Crutey" Crute – drums (1999–2000)
  • Jimmy Tee – guitar (1999–2000)
  • Rob Kaay – bass guitar (1999–2000)

Full Scale

  • Matt Crute – drums (2000–2006)
  • Ezekiel Ox – vocals (2000–2006)
  • Rob Kaay – bass guitar (2000–2006)
  • Jimmy Tee – guitar (2000–2003, 2003–2006)
  • Tristan Ross – guitar (2003)


  • Beat Magazine - May 2003
  • Kerrang! Magazine - Apr 2003
  • Hollywood nearly broke Aussie band Full Scale - AAP General News (Australia), 30 June 2005
  • Full Scale - PR Newswire, 27 January 2005
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  2. ^ girl_of_rock (2 April 2004). "Full Scale preparing to rock Australia". FasterLouder.com.au. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Full Scale > Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  4. ^ girl_of_rock (15 February 2005). "It's Full Scale for March". FasterLouder.com.au. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  5. ^ a b grattan (29 September 2008). "Full Scale - Colour, Light, Movement, Sound!". FasterLouder.com.au. 
  6. ^ "Full Scale Heist" (354). dBMagazine.com.au. 23 March – 5 April 2005. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Full Scale Beat magazine No. 1134
  8. ^ Cashmere, Paul (19 September 2006). "Robkaay Joins Sunk Loto". Undercover.com.au (Cashmere Media Pty Ltd). Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Cashmere, Paul (6 December 2007). "Sunk Loto Plan One More Gig". Undercover.com.au (Cashmere Media Pty Ltd). Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Robkaay journals. Vol. 1, My glorious nightmare / Rob Kaay". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Silverbirch: A Tear In The Fabric Of The Night Sky by Rob Kaay (9780980687712)". Angus & Robertson. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  12. ^ The Butterfly Effect, Mammal, Amphetame @ ANU, Canberra (22/03/2008) fasterlouder
  13. ^ Helmet Beat magazine No. 1054
  14. ^ "ARIA Awards 2009 : History: Winners by Year : 2009: 23rd Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  15. ^ "2009 J Awards: Australian Music Video of the Year". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  16. ^ INTERVIEW :: DAVID KREBELJ Bombshellzine
  17. ^ Live review Beat magazine No. 1137
  18. ^ "Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 

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