Intercooler (band)

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2007 performance at the Annandale hotel
Background information
Origin Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Genres Rock
Years active 2001–present
Labels Rhythm Ace/MGM Distribution
Plus One/Shock Records
Website Official website
Members Joel Potter
Phil Ballantyne
Chrissie Trabucco
Past members Darek Mudge
Damon Cox
Michael Caso

Intercooler is a rock band out of Brisbane, Australia


Intercooler was formed by members of a Sunshine Coast band named Uncle Ecstasy. They have released three full-length albums - Old School Is The New School (released 2002, and re-issued, with a different track listing, in 2006), Forever Or Whatever (released in 2007), and Time To Let Go (released September 2011). Intercooler have also released two EPs - Goodness Of The Girl, and Dance Of A Thousand Promises, . The band comprises (2011) Joel Potter (bass), Phil Ballantyne (vocals/guitars), and Chrissie Trabucco (vocals/guitar/keyboards).

Intercooler was formed in 2001 when Damon Cox paired up with already established songwriting trio Phil Ballantyne, Joel Potter and Michael Caso (later replaced by Darek Mudge). They all had the same affinity for rock music and so decided to form the band Intercooler as their genre was chosen for them.

After a long time rehearsing and practicing their work they moved to work in a studio. With the real scene around them their band's 'sound' really started coming through. Their vocal and instrumental style had sound elements of pop, while still maintaining a distinct rocking edge.

According to Intercooler, their song lyrics are written about all the things which have kept rock 'n' roll kicking along for decades - love, love lost and love never realised.

After completing their first album, Intercooler toured up and down the east coast of their home country of Australia, playing shows with the likes of The Casanovas, Dallas Crane, Peabody, Grinspoon, The Living End and claiming prime international support slots with Teenage Fanclub, Buzzcocks, J Mascis, Gomez, and more recently Maxïmo Park, Preston School of Industry and The Delgados.

Four songs from Intercooler's album Old School Is The New School were added to high rotation on national radio network Triple J, including live favourites "Goodness of the Girl" and "Leaflet". Videos were shot for two of the tracks and both enjoyed airplay on ABC's Fly TV, rage and also Channel [V]. Intercooler was responsible for knocking Jennifer Lopez off the pole position on Fly TV's buzz clip of the week, as voted by viewers.

Intercooler continued on to play the Queensland leg of the Big Day Out and Livid music festivals in 2003. Their first U.S. tour commenced in September of the same year. They supported Red Hot Chili Peppers and Queens of the Stone Age at their Washington, D.C. show plus appeared at Wisconsin's renowned Summerjam festival. The tour also included their own club shows in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and more.

In 2004 and again in 2005 the boys returned to the U.S. for showcase tours including Musexpo 2005 in Los Angeles, as well as more touring in Australia.

2004 also saw the release of the EP Dance Of A Thousand Promises which spent 41 weeks in the top 20 of the Australian Independent Charts and had two songs added to high rotation nationally. Videos for "Cream Puff" and "If I Try" both enjoyed airplay on rage, MTV Australia and Channel [V].

The video for "Carving Others", by AVision and Visual Outbreak to promote their Forever Or Whatever album, was released in February 2007. The video won the 2006 Sunscreen Video Awards.[1]

Their music video for "You're Not Gonna Hurt Us Again" was a Finalist for 'Best Music Video' at the Australian Effects & Animation Awards. Directed by Michael Ebner the video stars pro skateboarding star, Corbin Harris and screened at Dendy Cinemas, Rage and other music channels.

Side Projects[edit]

  • Darek Mudge played lead guitar for Screamfeeder, one of Brisbane's longest serving bands, from 2000 - 2003 and intermittently thereafter. [2]





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