Art of Fighting (band)
|Art of Fighting|
St Jeromes Laneway Festival
|Origin||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
Bella Union (UK and Europe)
Half A Cow
Au Go Go Records
|Past members||Cameron Grant|
The band formed in 1995 as a duo, with Ollie Browne playing guitar and Peggy Frew on bass, with both taking turns on vocals. The couple were also in a romantic relationship at this time, though they were to split amicably later.
They were joined six months later by drummer Cameron Grant, and over the following two years released two demo tapes, the first self-titled and the second named The Angry Man. Two of the tracks from the latter, "The Chorus is Suffering" and "You and Me on Mars" were included on the Wonder From A Quarter Acre compilation put out by Au Go Go Records in 1998.
In 1997, the trio began recording The Very Strange Year. During touring for this EP but before its release, Ollie Browne's brother, Miles Browne, joined the group playing guitar and trumpet. The Very Strange Year was released on Half a Cow Records at the end of 1998.
In the middle of 1999 the foursome began recording another EP for Half a Cow, Empty Nights, which was released in November of that year. Cameron Grant left the band in late 2000, being replaced on drums by Marty Brown (also of Sodastream).
Following a move to Trifekta Records, in 2001 the band recorded their debut full-length album, Wires. The album was successful and went on to win an ARIA award for Best Alternative Release, beating the more high-profile You Am I, Something for Kate and Magic Dirt. Not expecting to win, they were famously told of their prize while packing up after a gig in Germany, on their first European tour.
The success of the album not only locally but also internationally - with releases in the USA, Japan, Germany and Taiwan - led to a sustained period of touring. This successful time was followed by a turbulent 2003, when the long-term romantic relationship between Ollie Browne and Peggy Frew ended, amongst other variously momentous events.
Their second album, Second Storey, was released in 2004, once again engendering a burst of touring both local and international. In a coup for the band, Bella Union released the album in the UK and Europe.
At the end of 2006, the release of first single "Eastbound" preceded a forthcoming album titled Runaways released on 10 March in Australia, on Remote Control Records. In April 2007 the band played at All Tomorrow's Parties (curated by Dirty Three) in Minehead UK, which was followed by two live shows in Tokyo.
- Wires (LP, HORSE008-2, Trifekta, January 2001)
- Second Storey (LP, HORSE044-2, Trifekta, January 2004)
- Runaways (LP, Remote Control Records, 10 March 2007)
EPs and singles
- The Very Strange Year (EP, HAC74, Half a Cow Records, November 1998)
- Empty Nights (EP, HAC87, Half a Cow Records, November 1999)
- In No Way Good (7" split with 2 Litre Dolby, BBQ'D02, BBQ'D Browne Records, January 2000)
- "Reasons Are All I Have Left" (single, Trifekta, 2001)
- "Along the Run" (single, HORSE043-2, Trifekta, 5 July 2004)
- "Come Round and Show Me" (single, HORSE046-2, Trifekta, 7 February 2005)
- "Eastbound" (single, RCON004CDS, Remote Control Records, November 2006)
- Wonder From A Quarter Acre (Au Go Go Records, 1998)
- Official Art of Fighting Website
- Article on the production of Second Storey
- Article on the making of Runaways
- Article on the forthcoming release of Runaways
- "At All Points Of The Compass With Art Of Fighting". Mess+Noise Magazine. 2007-04-30. p. 8.