Expatriate (band)

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Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Indie rock, experimental rock, new wave
Years active 2005–present
Labels Dew Process
Members Ben King
Damian Press
David Molland

Expatriate is an indie rock band based in Australia. The band formed in Sydney, Australia, in 2005 and currently consists of vocalist Ben King, drummer Cristo, keyboardist Damian Press and bassist David Molland.

Expatriate has released two studio albums and two EPs to date, with the first album charting at No. 38 in the ARIA charts. The name is derived from what the band describe as "common themes running through each member’s life".[1]


Frontman Ben King grew up an expatriate, moving between Australia and the Indonesian capital Jakarta, where he attended an international high school with classmates from all over the world. Students would trade cassette tapes, recipes and languages, all against the political background of President Suharto's controversial "New Order" administration. King returned to Australia with his family in his early teens, eventually studying politics at Sydney University before deciding to focus on music.[2][3]

Drummer & percussionist Cristo was the son of Greek immigrants, listening on his father’s transistor radio to Greek underground Rebetiko - a type of folk music originating from the forced immigration from Asia Minor of two million Greek refugees following the Turkish Independence War. Cristo and King met in Sydney's Annandale Hotel, where they discovered the similarity of their musical tastes and life experiences. Joined by Cristo's housemate Damian Press, a keyboard player and sound designer with a love for the atmospheric and ethereal in music, the musicians settled on the name Expatriate and began working on realising King's songs.[1][2][3]

Lovers le Strange[edit]

They recorded their debut five-track EP, entitled Lovers le Strange, at Ginsberg Studios in Petersham where Press worked as a producer and recording engineer,[4] which was released in October 2005. The EP's singles "The Spaces Between" (2005) and "Killer Kat" (2006) gained solid airplay, the former spending six weeks on Australian national radio station Triple J's playlist. This led to national touring and a performance at the all-Australian Homebake festival in 2005 and in February 2006, their first headlining national tour was sold out. Appearances in London, Toronto, New York City, Los Angeles, and Austin, Texas brought them to the attention of Jim Kerr who personally invited the band to support Simple Minds on the Australian leg of their world tour that May.[2][3]

In the Midst of This[edit]

In July and August 2006 Expatriate headed to Robert Lang Studios in Seattle to record and co-produce their debut full-length album In The Midst Of This with producer John Goodmanson (Death Cab for Cutie, Blonde Redhead, Wu Tang Clan, Hot Hot Heat). The band were interested in working with Goodmanson "in order to capture the rawness of their live shows"[1] on record. Bassist Dave Molland joined the band in September 2006 after the album sessions were completed and they toured Los Angeles and London before returning to Australia for a seven-week national tour with Something for Kate.[2][3]

Expatriate's Play a Part EP was released in February 2007, with In The Midst Of This following in April. The LP debuted at No. 38 in the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) charts.[3][5][6]


The band released their second studio album on 6 July 2012.

In popular culture[edit]


Ben King
  • Ben King - vocals, guitar
  • Cristo - drums
  • Damian Press - keyboards, guitars, engineering
  • David Molland - bass



Year Song Chart EP Album
2005 "Get Out, Give In"
"The Spaces Between" Lovers Ie Strange
2006 "Killer Kat"
2007 "Only Wanna Love Ya" Play a Part EP In the Midst of This
"Play a Part" 54[8]
"Crazy" 4
"The Spaces Between" 9
"Missing" (Everything but the Girl cover) No Man's Woman


  1. ^ a b c Biography at Expatriate's official website - "Bio" section
  2. ^ a b c d Biography at allmusic
  3. ^ a b c d e Biography at Dew Process website
  4. ^ Ginsberg Studios website
  5. ^ a b "Album chart search: Expatriate". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  6. ^ a b c d Band news at Expatriate's official website - "News" section
  7. ^ The ARIA Report, Issue 885
  8. ^ The ARIA Report, Issue 888

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