GTO (band)

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GTO
Origin c 1999
Genres industrial-pop
Years active c 1999-
Associated acts Caligula, Bionic, Paulmac, Killers On The Loose
Past members Matt
Cheyne
Megs
Drew

GTO (previously called WTO)[1] are an Australian band formed in Auckland.[2] Their single, "Superstars Of Modern Love", reached #92 on the ARIA Singles chart[3] and was used by Channel 10 for a promo clip.[4]

Guitarists Drew Cain and Megan K were both members of Sydney industrial act Bionic from the early-mid 1990s. This band also featured Martin Kemp on drums and keyboardist Craig Sue. In 1996 Bionic released two EPs, 'stay'; and 'the stink'. The video for 'stay' was played on rage a number of times. Around 1997, Craig Sue left to concentrate on Killers On The Loose, a rave project he shared with Cain; and Genetic, a solo drum&bass project.

The move forced a lineup change, with Cain moving to keyboards, and new guitarist Cheyne coming aboard. Bionic became WTO (World Trash Orchestra), soon to become GTO (Global Trash Orchestra).

1999 saw GTO release the EP 'Ears Were Made For Bleeding'. It featured the songs 'Danke Shoen' and 'Hatemail', later released as a AA-side single. The EP featured some interesting use of spacer tracks, with the songs appearing on tracks 5, 6, 8, and 9.

The band was soon joined by new drummer Matt, and they released the album 'Superstars Of Modern Love' in 2001 and the single of the same name the following year. GTO had been signed to a major label by this time, having previously self-published on their 'Plasma Sonic Productions' label. [5]

In May 2012 the band reached cult status, and its popularity increased due to a widespread Facebook campaign by the band's manager, Stevo "Smells Like Rocket Fuel" Nappy.

Discography[edit]

album

  • Superstars Of Modern Love (2001) - MGM[6]

ep

  • Hate Mail/Danke Shoen (2000)[7]

single

  • "Superstars Of Modern Love" (2002) - BMG

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ON THE BOX with GTO lead singer Drew", MX (Australia), 5 February 2003 
  2. ^ Sun Herald, 9 February 2003, "Watch these faces", by Chris Sams
  3. ^ The ARIA Report, Issue 678
  4. ^ The ARIA Report, Issue 675
  5. ^ http://www.discogs.com/label/167736-Plasma-Sonic-Productions
  6. ^ Sunday Telegraph, 3/5 stars, 6 January 2002
  7. ^ Adelaide Advertiser, 4/5 stars, 4 May 2000