Peter Loveday

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Peter Loveday
BornToowoomba, Australia
GenresChamber pop, post punk, alternative
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1978–present
Associated actsThe Supports, Birds of Tin, Tiny Town

Peter Loveday is an Australian singer-songwriter.


Peter Loveday was born and grew up in Toowoomba, Australia, before moving on to study at the University of Queensland in Brisbane in the late seventies, where he began his musical career.[1]


In 1978 Loveday began playing in bands in Brisbane, including The Supports, The Sea Bees, Birds of Tin, Mute 44, and Antic Frantic. Late in 1978 the Supports organised a tour of north Queensland in a double-decker bus, joined at the last minute by the Go-Betweens.[2] "Loveday's music developed into a crucial part of the Brisbane Sound—an almost sub-genre [sic] of post-punk music, a sound synonymous with the likes of the Apartments, Out of Nowhere and The Go-Betweens.[3][4] At that time, in inner-city Brisbane, as in many cities in Australia and around the world, the direct influence of the punk and new wave music scene of New York and London was resonating strongly.[5][6] Loveday's first recordings were produced and sold on cassette, and first songs appeared in the cassette magazine Fast Forward. In the early 80s Loveday moved to London with the Brisbane-born, London-based band Tiny Town with long time collaborators Lee Bradshaw and Geoff Titley.[7][8] Titley was already based in London where he had been a member of the pioneering do-it-yourself ethic band, the Desperate Bicycles. Loveday performed and recorded in London for the next seven years, coinciding with other Australian bands in London at the time, like the Birthday Party, The Moodists, and The Go-Betweens.[9][10][11][12][13]

The first Tiny Town recording "Back to the Bow" was distributed as a flexidisc in the Sydney fanzine, Distant Violins. Tiny Town played regularly at the old time music hall theatre, the Pindar of Wakefield, subsequently called The Water Rats, alongside bands like The Pogues, and fellow Australians in London at the time the Moodists and the Go-Betweens. At one such gig, music journalist Chris Heath wrote "Tiny Town had reason to be nervous. Not only had they to follow a casually brilliant performance by fellow Australians-in-London the Go-Betweens, but to do so in front of an audience barely numbering 25, two of whom were those young men-about-town, English BBC DJ, John Peel and his producer, John Walters."[14] The Pindar of Wakefield was where Bob Dylan played his first UK gig in December 1962.

The majority of Loveday's recorded work has been independently released.[15] Loveday often designs and produces cover art, flyers and posters, using a paper cut stencil and collage technique. A screen print of Loveday's is included in The National Gallery of Australia Centre for Australian Art, posters from the late 70s also featured in the multi-media exhibition The Brisbane Sound at the IMA (Institute of Modern Art) Brisbane, Australia, and a collection of Loveday's posters produced between 1978 and 1985 is held in the Queensland State Library.[16]

In the late 1980s, Loveday moved to Barcelona, where he currently lives and often collaborates with Sarah Davison (flute, percussion and vocals) and Naomi Wedman (violin, keyboard and vocals).[17][18]


Stories from Loveday's collection "Rock Dreams" appeared in the literary magazine PEN International Volume 59, No.2. The stories were published in Spanish. He has also been published in the literary magazine Barcelona Ink and contributed a piece "C’est le son d'aujourd'hui" to the limited edition box set of The Go-Betweens Anthology, Volume 1.


  • Birds of Tin "Same Both Sides" – cassette (1981) Reissued 7" vinyl (LCMR 2018)
  • Antic Frantic "Pomes Penyeach" – cassette (1982)

Tiny Town

  • Back to the Bow/Big Fish – 7˝ flexi-disc (Elastic 1982)
  • Drop by Drop/Know Better – 7˝ single (Elastic 1984)
  • Living out of Living/Queue Up – 7˝ single (Elastic 1984)
  • Little Tin God – 12˝ LP (Elastic 1984)
  • No Place Like Rome – 12˝ EP (Very Mouth 1985)

Solo albums

  • A Bend in the Road (2002)
  • Sea-shanties for Landlubbers (2004)
  • Moving Along (2006)
  • Room at the Inn (2007)
  • Standard Ideal (2009)
  • Roadside Ballads (2013)


  1. ^
  2. ^ "... the Supports suggested they join them on a double-decker bus tour of north Queensland. The relative success of this small tour whetted both bands' appetites for travel. Shortly after returning to Brisbane, the Supports split and half the band relocated to London. The Go-Betweens expected to join them there shortly." David, Nichols (2003). "The Go-Betweens" Portland, OR: Verse Chorus Press. ISBN 1-891241-16-8.
  3. ^ "The Spanish Connection" by Donat Tahiraj, Time Off magazine, August 15, 2007
  4. ^ "Loveday's music turns full circle" by Noel Mengel, The Courier-Mail, Thursday August 16, 2007. "Brisbane, London, Barcelona: "Peter Loveday left his hometown for the more creative atmosphere of London 25 years ago"
  5. ^ "Tiny Town - Little Tin God" by Bill Black, Sounds magazine, 20 July 1985
  6. ^ [1], Licorice Lounge blog, Phantoms of Brisbane #1, Peter Loveday and Birds of Tin.
  7. ^ "Tiny Town - Bright Lights in the Big City" Marie Ryan, RAM magazine, 9 April 1986
  8. ^ "Tiny Town - Little Tin God" by Clinton Walker, Rolling Stone magazine, December 1985
  9. ^ "The Moodists, the Go-Betweens, The Saints, Birthday Party, Laughing Clowns, Foetus, SPK, Tiny Town, and The Scientists - that's a list of some of the finest Australian bands of reaent years, and also a list of bands who've become frustrated in this country and moved to England." by Stuart Coupe, for The Sun Herald, 27 January 1985
  10. ^ "Gnomic Import" by Mat Snow, the New Musical Express, 5 May 1984
  11. ^ "Small Town Talk" by Mat Snow, the New Musical Express, 24 August 1985
  12. ^ "Striking Australian export" by Chris Heath, Jamming magazine, No. 24, January 1985
  13. ^ "Tinsel Town in Sunshine", by Jane Wilkes for the New Musical Express, 7 September 1985
  14. ^ "Tiny Town - Pindar of Wakefield", by Chris Heath, Sounds magazine, 6 October 1984
  15. ^ "Single of the Month" by John Wilde, Jamming magazine, No. 23, December 1984
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  17. ^ "Peter Loveday" by Alex F. de Castro, Route 66, January 2014
  18. ^ "Un australià a Barcelona" by Nordi Nopca, Mondon Sonoro, May 2006, Barcelona