George (band)

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George
Katie Noonan.jpg
Background information
OriginBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
GenresRock
Years active1996–2005, 2016-2017
LabelsFestival Mushroom
WebsiteOfficial website
Past membersKatie Noonan
Tyrone Noonan
Geoff Green
Paulie Bromley
Nick Stewart
Geoff Hooton

George (styled george) was an Australian rock band from Brisbane, Queensland. The band's first album, Polyserena, reached #1 in the Australian Charts on 17 March 2002.[1]

Background[edit]

For most of george's career, the band consisted of Katie Noonan on vocals and keyboards, her brother Tyrone Noonan on vocals, guitar and keyboards, Geoff Green on drums and percussion, Paulie Bromley on bass guitar and Nick Stewart on acoustic and electric guitar. Geoff Hooton, a bass guitar player, left the band in early 2000.

The Noonans formed the nucleus of the band, doing most of the songwriting and lead vocals. Stewart also contributed to many of the band's tunes. The Noonans grew up with a background in classical music; their mother, Maggie Noonan, was a well-known opera singer. Katie Noonan studied opera and jazz at the Queensland Conservatorium.

Stewart grew up listening to and playing rock music. Bromley played in the underground Brisbane rock band Pangaea with Ben Ely of Regurgitator. Green studied music at the Queensland University of Technology.

History[edit]

The band was formed in 1996 to enter a university music competition. They released a series of independent EPs, namely George in 1998, You Can Take What's Mine in 1999 and Bastard Son/Holiday in 2000. Bastard Son/Holiday peaked at number 74 on the ARIA chart.[2] The EPs did progressively better, earning good airplay on Triple J Radio and community radio stations across Australia.[citation needed] George was also winning a strong live following throughout Australia.[citation needed]

George signed with Festival Mushroom Records in mid-2001. "Special Ones" was the first single released on Festival Records followed by "Run" in October 2001 and "Breathe In Now" in February 2002. From this time the band toured heavily.

The band's first album, Polyserena, debuted at #1 on the national album charts in its first week; George became only the tenth Australian band to do so with a debut album.[3] Polyserena was certified double platinum and spent 36 weeks in the top 50.[1]

In January 2003, the band joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra over two nights (23rd & 25th) to perform Concerto for Group and Orchestra by Jon Lord. The band is the only rock group other than Deep Purple to perform the piece. It was typical of the band's eclectic approach combining classical, rock, funk, jazz and even electronic music.[citation needed]

George released the album Unity in February 2004 and it debuted at #5 in the Australian album chart of 1 March 2004. Katie Noonan says on the band's web site that the title reflects the band's approach on the album. "That family vibe brings a closeness and honesty that permeates what we do. Collectively and individually, we've been through a great period of change and growth. Knowing we can look to each other for strength brings comfort and solidarity. We have all been through the same thing and there's an incredible sense of union from that experience - that's what being in a band's about."[4]

George performed live in Brisbane on 22 December 2004.[5] Following this, the band took a break while individual members attended to their own projects. While there were no immediate plans to regroup and perform, or to record new material, the band intended to make a comeback at some stage. The band reformed for a performance on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House on Friday 27 January 2005.

In 2016, the band was announced to perform at Victoria’s Queenscliff Music Festival, the band's first performance in 11 years.[6] The band also put on a 20th-anniversary celebration at the Concert Hall, QPAC, during the Brisbane Festival on 9 September 2016.[7] Following their performance at Taronga Zoo in 2017, the group once again folded and returned to their individual careers.

Discography[edit]

Albums/EPs[edit]

Year Album Chart positions Sales/certifications
AUS[1]
1998 George
1999 You Can Take What's Mine[8] 82
2000 Bastard Son/Holiday 74[9]
2002 Polyserena 1 AUS: 2x Platinum
2004 Unity 5 AUS: Gold
2010 The Essential Hits

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
AUS[1]
2001 "Special Ones" 29 Polyserena
"Run" 27
2002 "Breathe In Now" 29
"Breaking it Slowly" 43
2004 "Still Real" 37 Unity

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "ARIA Charts". Archived from the original on 7 November 2012.
  2. ^ "ARIA Report Week Commencing 8th January 2001" (PDF). pandora.nla.gov.au. Archived from the original on 21 February 2002. Retrieved 25 April 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "The ARIA Report - WEEK COMMENCING: 11th March 2002 Issue No: 628" (PDF). pandora.nla.gov.au. 11 March 2002. Archived from the original on 14 March 2002. Retrieved 25 April 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Official website
  5. ^ Official website Archived 2 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "THE PURGE #150". auspOp. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  7. ^ Nathanael Cooper, "Brisbane band george reunite for one night at Brisbane Festival", Brisbane Times, 29 June 2016
  8. ^ http://www.last.fm/music/George/You+Can+Take+What%27s+Mine
  9. ^ "ARIA Report Week Commencing 22 January 2001" (PDF). pandora.nla.gov.au. Archived from the original on 21 February 2002. Retrieved 25 April 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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