Epicure (band)

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Epicure
Also known as Pima's Little Finger
Origin Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Genres
Years active 1997 (1997)–2010 (2010)
Labels
  • Flugelhorn
  • Independent
  • MGM
Past members
  • Juan Alban
  • Tim Bignell
  • Michael Brown
  • Luke Cairnes
  • Dom Santamaria
  • Dan Houlihan
  • Dean Shannon
  • Heath McCurdy
  • Mick Hubbard
  • Josh Murphy

Epicure were an Australian progressive rock band formed in Ballarat, in 1996 as Pima's Little Finger. Their original line-up was Juan Alban on vocals and guitar, Tim Bignell on bass guitar, Michael Brown on guitar, Luke Cairnes on guitar and Dom Santamaria on drums. "Armies Against Me" and "Life Sentence", were picked up by national youth radio, Triple J. These appeared on The Goodbye Girl (March 2004), their third album. Both tracks were listed on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2003, whilst the title track of their next extended play, Self Destruct in Five (October 2004), made the Triple J Hottest 100, 2004.

In late 2003 they supported United States rock group, Live, on their Australian tour. They played at the Big Day Out festival in January 2004 and at both Falls Festivals in December. The group disbanded in mid-2010 after a final tour, Quietly into the Night.

History[edit]

Epicure started in 1996 as a school rock band, Pima's Little Finger, its five original members Juan Alban, Michael 'Brownie' Brown, Tim Bignell, Dom Santamaria and Luke Cairnes played their first gig at the Dunnstown Football Club and were booed off stage in favour of Cold Chisel. They released their first recording in 1996 – a demo tape, The Least of These. Their base in Ballarat's local live music scene was The Rat at the Bridge Mall Inn (now closed). After they released their first extended play, The Means to an End (1997), they were signed to Flugelhorn Records and managed by Mark Eatock, who bought the Bridge Mall Inn in early 1999. Triple J radio helped bring Epicure to the Australian consciousness when they added "Feet from Under Me" and "Johnny Venus" to their play lists in 2000. Both appeared on their debut album, Fold (August 2000).

Shortly after the release of their second EP, Elevator (October 2001), Brown and Cairnes both left and were replaced by Dan Houlihan on lead guitar and Dean Shannon on keyboard. This brought a new feeling to the band, and Shannon became popular with the crowds for his showmanship. In the same month they issued their second album, Airmail, which is a compilation of their previous EPs.[1] Their third EP, Life Sentence, was independently released with distribution by MGM on 1 September 2003. It peaked at No. 77 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[2] It was recorded by Cam MacKenzie, with tracks mixed by producer, Chris Dickie.[2]

During that year both "Armies Against Me" and "Life Sentence", were picked up by Triple J. These appeared on their third album, The Goodbye Girl (March 2004), which peaked at No. 88 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[3] The band spent 2003–04 touring Australia, particularly in regional areas. They supported shows by Pete Murray, the Beautiful Girls, Xavier Rudd, the Whitlams, and Monique Brumby.[3] A dispute between the band and Shannon occurred in mid-2004, which resulted in his replacement on keyboards by Heath McCurdy. Their third full-length album, Main Street, was released in October 2005, and provided the single, "Tightrope Walker".

In late 2006 Houlihan was replaced by Mick Hubbard (ex-Jen Cloher) on lead guitar. During June–July 2007 the band took a break from recording their next album, Postcards from a Ghost, and played support slots for Mia Dyson on the east coast of Australia. Epicure posted a video of recording sessions on Myspace and asked fans to choose between "Landslide" and "Cobra Kisses" for the album's lead single – "Cobra Kisses" was chosen and issued. Postcards from a Ghost followed in October 2008 via Down in Flames/MGM. For the album aside from the band members they used session musicians: Chris Brodieon pedal steel; Jason Bunn on viola; Dani Fry on backing vocals; Sianne Lee on backing vocals; Caewen Martin on cello; Jodi Moore on electric violin; Stu Syme on tambourine; Jenny Thomas on violin; and Erki Veltheim on viola.[4] In February 2010 the band announced their final tour, Quietly into the Night before disbanding in May.[5][6]

Afterwards[edit]

Juan Alban issued his debut solo extended play, Too Long in Flight, in March 2011.[6]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • Airmail (15 October 2001) – Flugelhorn Music/MGM[1]
  • Quietly into the Night – Epicure Anthology (16 April 2010) – Independent/MGM

Extended plays[edit]

  • The Means to an End (1997) – Independent[11]
  • Elevator (15 October 2001) – Flugelhorn[12]
  • Life Sentence (1 September 2003) – Independent/MGM (EP1002) AUS: No. 77[2][13]
  • Self Destruct in Five (11 October 2004) – Independent/MGM[14]

Singles[edit]

  • "Feet from Under Me" - Flugelhorn/MGM (1 May 2000)
  • "Armies Against Me" - Independent/MGM (2 November 2002)

Demo[edit]

  • The Least of These - (1996)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Releases :: Airmail". Australian Music Online. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Kellaghan, Ronan (3 November 2003). "Week Commencing – 3rd November 2003 – Issue #715" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (715): 2, 4, 7, 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 November 2003. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Thomas, Tara (22 March 2004). "Week Commencing ~ 22nd March 2004 ~ Issue #734" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (734): 2, 6, 9, 11, 17. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 April 2004. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "Postcards from a Ghost [sound recording] / Epicure. - Version details". Trove. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Quietly into the Night..." 24 February 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Lan, Christine (March 2011). "Juan Alban: Too Long in Flight". Beat Magazine. Furst Media. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Releases :: Fold". Australian Music Online. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Releases :: The Goodbye Girl". Australian Music Online. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Releases :: Main Street". Australian Music Online. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  10. ^ Wallace, Ian (5 December 2005). "The ARIA Report" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 December 2005. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "Releases :: The Means to an End". Australian Music Online. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  12. ^ "Releases :: Elevator". Australian Music Online. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  13. ^ "Releases :: Life Sentence". Australian Music Online. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  14. ^ "Releases :: Self Destruct in Five". Australian Music Online. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 

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