Mt Warning (band)

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Origin Northern NSW, Australia
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 2012-present
Labels Independent
Members Mikey Bee (Songwriter, Music)
Taylor Steele (filmmaker)(Producer)

MT WARNING is an alternative rock band from Northern New South Wales, Australia that formed in 2012. It is produced by Taylor Steele (filmmaker). The name for the band[1] comes via their home town Mount Warning, which is the first place to see the sunrise in Australia.

In an interview with Moustache Magazine, front-man Mikey Bee explained, "Producing in the sense that he throws visuals at me...he'll tell me, 'What if these guitars were a bit more abrasive there or the vocal was softer or what would a lyric like this sound like.' He's not a musician so those kinds of suggestions from someone who doesn't play but sees music is really awesome."[2]

The first gigs for MT WARNING were support slots for The Rubens and The Temper Trap, which Time Off Brisbane said: "A perfect rattling tenor and there's clearly a few people hooked. His haunting and slightly cinematic single, "Burn Again", deftly prepares the ground for what's to come";[3] and Drum Media said of their Sydney performance: "Flanked by an uber-cool collection of lads and ladies, showed some solid guitar prowess and a powerful voice".[4]

These shows were followed by a trip to London for a show at The Shacklewell Arms,[5] presented by Communion (music) & Eat Your Own Ears [6] who said of their single "Forward Miles": "There's a tingle of summer in the air in London and this new one from MT Warning could be one of its signature 2013 jams."[6] Whilst in London they opened the main stage at Field Day London 2013.[7] along with Disclosure, Solange and Mount Kimbie. Time Out London describes MT WARNING as "thumping alternative rock, with electronic and post-rock influences from the likes of Sigur Rós".

Their debut single "Forward Miles" was added to playlists on Triple J,[8] XFM in the UK [9] and the band were predicted as a 'Next Hype' artist by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1.[10] The band also released a remix in conjunction with US Filter magazine via Vinnie La Duce [11] and a 7inch release on Rough Trade Records.[12]

The second single "Youth Bird" was previewed by Dom Alessio on Australia's National Broadcaster Triple J’s blog on 7 August 2013,[13] where Dom noted, "Following on from the beautiful slow-burner "Forward Miles", MT WARNING are back with the propulsive and rocking "Youth Bird". It features sharp guitar chords, a driving drum rhythm and Mikey Bee's howling vocals."

In 2013, the band played festivals - BIGSOUND in Brisbane,[14] where Scene Magazine described them as "One of the best and most exciting acts of the night.";[15] and also Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg.[16]

A month before the release of debut album Midnight Set, the band were selected as The Guardian's 'New Band of the Day' with music journalist Paul Lester stating, "Those of you drawn to the sinewy introspection of the National and the revelatory grandeur of Sigur Ros. It is largely traditional and unreconstructed, thoroughly prepostmodern, like Radiohead if they'd never discovered Warp, or even got the Bends."[17]

In March 2014, Midnight Set was released in UK on the 17th, followed by Australia and remaining international markets on the 28th. The album debuted at #8 on the Australian Independent Record Labels Association albums charts[18] and #25 on iTunes Alternative music charts.

MT WARNING has been selected to play Australia's St Jerome's Laneway Festival and Splendour in the Grass,[19] as well as Austin's South by Southwest[20] in 2014.

The band will release a new EP called Petrified Heart.[21]

In popular culture[edit]

At the end of 2012, MT WARNING wrote the song "Sinking Sun" for Corona's "From Where You'd Rather Be" advertising campaign,[22] that was directed by Taylor Steele,[23] Corona's Australian Creative Director.




  • 2014: "Midnight Dawn"
  • 2013: "Burn Again"
  • 2013: "Forward Miles"
  • 2013: "Youth Bird"

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Midnight Set
  • Released: 17 March 2014
  • Label: Sipping Jetstreams Records (AUS, UK, USA)
- - - - - - - - - -

Extended plays[edit]

  • Petrified Heart (2014)


Year Award-Giving Body Award Result
2013 International Fashion Film Awards "Forward Miles" Best Director [24] Nominated


  1. ^ "Time Out says: MT Warning Music". Time Out. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "You’ve Been Warned". Moustache Magazine. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Carley Hall (26 April 2013). "At Tivoli: The Rubens, Oh Mercy, Walk the Moon, MT Warning". The Brisbane. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Helen Lear (1 May 2013). "At the Enmore Theatre: The temper Trap, Alpine, MT Warning". The Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "MT Warning Free show at Shacklewell Arms". Communion Records. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Mt Warning - "Youth Bird" video". Eat Your Own 23 May 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "MT Warning in Field Day Festival". Field Day. 
  8. ^ Jana Roose (8 May 2013). "MT Warning Review". Yen magazine. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Sarah Guppy. "Tour Diary May 2013". Tone 
  10. ^ " Zane Lowe Choices". 22 April 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "MT Warning Goes Electro: "Forward Miles (Filter Remix by Vinnie LaDuce)". Filter Magazine. 29 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "MT Warning - Burn Again / Forward Miles Review". Tough 27 May 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "MT WARNING "Youth Bird"". ABC Australia. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Q Music Australia: MT WARNING timetable". 12 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Bigsound Live Night Two Review". Scene Magazine. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "MT Warning at Reeper Bahn Festival". 27 September 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Paul Lester (3 February 2014). "MT WARNING (No 1,691)". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  18. ^ staff writer (7 April 2014). "100% Independent Albums Charts". Australian Independent Record Labels Association. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  19. ^ AAP (22 July 2014). "Splendour gets sicker as London Grammar third band to pull out". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  20. ^ "Australian acts make up 40 of those taking to the stage in Austin, Texas for the SXSW Festival". 9 January 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  21. ^ Tom Williams (15 July 2014). "The Wild Feathers Cancel Splendour In the Grass 2014". Music Feeds. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "More from where you'd rather be". Australian 19 October 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Corona Extra Presents - On Mexico Time". Corona 
  24. ^ "IFFA Nominations 2013".