Peabody (band)

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Peabody
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Background information
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Rock, post-grunge
Years active 1994–present
Labels Nonzero Records (Australia)
Website Official website
Members Bruno Brayovic
Ben Chamie
Tristan Courtney-Prior
Jared Harrison
Past members Graeme Trewin
Gary Butler
Dave Bembrick

Peabody are an Australian four-piece rock band. Forming in Sydney in the mid-90s, the then three-piece Peabody ingrained themselves in the live music scene of Inner-city Sydney. Following other Sydney bands of the time, such as You Am I, the group played venues like The Landsdowne Hotel and The Iron Duke before graduating to more well known venues such as The Annandale Hotel, The Hopetoun Hotel and The Sandringham Hotel.

The band recorded and self-released two early EPs but were best known for their live performances which led to the band developing a dedicated Sydney following. It was at this time that they began their association with Sydney-based independent record label Nonzero Records distributed through Shock Records. The label was founded in 2001 in order to release Bluebottle Kiss' 2002 album, "Revenge Is Slow", but had since expanded to release other local bands.[1]

At Nonzero Records, Peabody found a label to release their records and a producer in new label-mate and Bluebottle Kiss leader, Jamie Hutchings. Despite having little experience producing other bands, Hutchings had demonstrated considerable skill for committing his own band's fearsome energy and polar dynamics to tape. ("It's wonderful to see that the dynamics and atmospheres this band can invoke in a live situation can translate so utterly successfully to a recorded medium", wrote critic Craig New of Bluebottle Kiss in 2002).[2] That being the skill Peabody required from a producer, the relationship proved successful for both parties.

The resulting effort was 2003's "Professional Againster" (the name taken from the title of a New Bomb Turks song), a raw, solid and succinct example of what Peabody were best known for - energetic rock that sounded like the wheels were about to fall off, but never quite did.

Standout track "Stupid Boy" is the best example of this, and perhaps in acknowledgement, the EP release of the track included a version of classic Australia garage rock song, "My Pal", by early Joel Silbersher band, God.[3]

Once again teaming up with producer Jamie Hutchings and engineer Dave Trump (The Church, Big Heavy Stuff) Peabody recorded their second LP, "The New Violence". The 2005 release proved to be a more slanted and diverse offering, showcasing the musical literacy of principal songwriter, Ben Chamie. "The New Violence shows a darker side to the group, with songs that are still well crafted yet less immediate", wrote critic Mark Nielsen.[4]

The commercial single, "Got You On My Radar" featuring guest vocals from Sarah Blasko, reached No. 13 on the AIR charts.

Mid way through 2006 drummer Graeme Trewin announced his departure from the band and later that year Jared Harrison - who also played with Bluebottle Kiss - was named as his replacement. Early in 2007 Tristan Courtney-Prior joined the band as a second guitarist.

In June 2007, Peabody's third album, Prospero, was recorded, again produced by Jamie Hutchings. The first single The Devil For Sympathy was released in September and the album was released in October 2008.

In May 2010, Peabody's self-produced fourth album, Loose Manifesto, was recorded by Tim Kevin and released on the band's own label Peabrain Recordings through MGM Distribution in October 2010.

Peabody have toured with bands such as the Hoodoo Gurus, Spiderbait and Dallas Crane and performed at the Big Day Out, Homebake and Livid festivals.

This band from Australia is not to be confused with the three-piece rock band of the same name, formed in 1998 in Indiana, Pennsylvania or the alternative rock band from New Orleans formed in 1991.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Professional Againster, September 2003
  • The New Violence, May 2005
  • Prospero, October 2008
  • Loose Manifesto, October 2010

EPs[edit]

  • Hi-Cycle, April 1997
  • Rock, Girls and Computers, October 2000
  • Stupid Boy, 2002
  • Got You On My Radar, October 2004
  • The Devil For Sympathy, September 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Music Online :: Interviews :: Nick Carr - Nonzero Records
  2. ^ New, Craig (1 May 2002). "Revenge Is Slow Album Review". Revolver (Sydney).  From http://www.bluebottlekiss.com/reviews/quotes.html
  3. ^ http://www.peabody.net.au/releases.html
  4. ^ Nielsen, Mark (3 May 2005). "The New Violence Album Review". Drum Media (Sydney).  From http://www.peabody.net.au/press6.html

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