Tenpenny Joke

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Tenpenny Joke
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresAlternative rock
Years active1997 (1997)–2011 (2011)
Labels
  • Sing Sing/Shock
  • Promoting the Bands
Past members
  • Anthony Casey
  • Brian Rimmer
  • Craig Boswell
  • Tim Kill
  • Keith Ratnan
  • Peter Coon
  • Julian Senserrick
  • Jay Pinfold
  • Daniel French
  • Matt Steadman
  • Phil Westrup

Tenpenny Joke were an Australian rock band, formed in 1997. They signed to Shock Records/Sing Sing Productions in 2004, and released their debut album, Ambush on all Sides, in 2005, which was produced by Matt Voigt (The Living End, Kiss, Aaliyah). It was then released internationally by Promoting the Bands.

History[edit]

Tenpenny Joke were formed on Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula in 1997.[1] They issued their debut studio album, Ambush on all Sides, in September 2005 via Shock Records.[2] It was recorded at Sing Sing Studios, Richmond during two sessions: one in November 2004 and the other in April 2005.[2] By the time the album appeared the line-up was Craig "Boz" Boswell on drums, Anthony Casey on vocals, Peter Coon on guitars, Tim Kill on bass guitar and Brian Rimmer on vocals and guitar.[1] In January 2006 Rimmer explained their sound to Australian Music Online's interviewer, "Melodic rock is probably the label that comes closest, but it has also been described as progressive and alternative."[3] By May 2012 the group had disbanded, "the future of the band doesn't look too bright and according to their website they are currently on hiatus."[4]

Touring[edit]

The band tour regularly around Australia, sharing the stage with acts such as Dallas Crane, End Of Fashion, Mandy Kane, Cosmic Nomads and Kisschasy.[5] 2006 saw the band touring New Zealand with Ruptus Jack sponsored by Jägermeister.[6] Tenpenny Joke began 2007 performing at the Rip Curl Pro Surf Festival in Bells Beach, Torquay.[7]

In March 2006 Tenpenny Joke travelled overseas for a three-week tour of New Zealand to strengthen their international fan base and promote their debut album. Sponsored by Jägermeister, the response was overwhelming. With interviews and radio appearances to promote the album and shows, the tour was a huge success.

Tenpenny Joke have completed multiple tours of Australia promoting their debut album 'Ambush On All Sides', performing shows throughout Queensland, Sydney and New South Wales, Victoria, Adelaide and Mount Hotham to name a few. The band also frequently tour regional areas, covering many of Australia's major country centres. In early 2006 the band performed in Mildura to launch the first issue of Forty 2, the new Mildura youth/arts magazine featuring the band on the cover.

Radio[edit]

Tenpenny Joke have been featured prominently on Australian radio, with their single She becoming one of Triple J presenter Rosie Beaton's picks for 2007.[8] They also have been featured on the French webradio Muzeeli.[9]

Ambush On All Sides has received major radio airplay across Australia featuring on stations such as:

  • Triple J (where She became a 'hit pick' by presenter Rosie Beaton's picks for 2007)
  • Triple M
  • Triple R
  • Nova
  • Fox FM
  • PBS
  • Syn FM
  • ABC FM

Tenpenny Joke have also been featured regularly on 'Yellowbeat' radio in Tokyo (where Across The Ocean became a most-requested track) and have received airplay in the US, UK, Europe, New Zealand and parts of Asia. The album has also been heavily featured on college radio in the US as well as a vast number of internet radio stations and podcasts worldwide.

Television[edit]

Tenpenny Joke's video She is in rotation by ABC's Rage along with videos Even Harbour and Sense.[10] They have performed live on SBS's music program Noise TV & Channel 31's music shows On The Couch, Asylum TV & The Loft.[11]

Tenpenny Joke's video She is in rotation by ABC's Rage along with videos Even Harbour and Sense. They have performed live on SBS's music program Noise TV & Channel 31's music shows On The Couch, Asylum TV & The Loft.

Other Television, Film and Media: A Family - German film featuring Evil Things Snow Job - Australian film featuring Evil Things & Sirens Australian Surfing Life - Retail DVD (Australia) featuring Flood & Sirens as the soundtrack I Surf: Issue 6 - Australian surfing magazine/DVD featuring Sense video I Surf: Issue 3 - Australian surfing magazine/DVD featuring Flood & Sense as the soundtrack Brazilian Surf - Retail DVD (Brazil) featuring She & Caroline as the soundtrack Rage - Australia's longest running music video show has featured all of the band's music videos on high rotation. Video Hits - Australia's most popular music show has featured the videos to the singles She and Sirens.

Live Shows[edit]

Tenpenny Joke are constantly touring around Australia and New Zealand, having racked up over a thousand successful live performances in recent years. The band have performed throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Mount Hotham, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch - indeed all the major city centres of both Australia and New Zealand as well as regional areas, covering many of Australia's country centres.

Recent major live performances include the Rip Curl Pro Surf Festival at Bells Beach, The Big Day Out, The Pyramid Festival, double-bill shows with some of Australia's biggest acts including Eskimo Joe, Something For Kate, Dallas Crane, Mandy Kane, Kiss Chasy, Grinspoon, Electric Mary and Powderfinger. The band regularly headline Melbourne and Sydney's biggest venues including the Esplanade, the Palace, the Corner Hotel, the Duke, the Mercury Lounge and the Hi-Fi Bar.

While currently focusing on writing / demoing for the next album, Tenpenny Joke return to the live circuit in July beginning with a headline show at the Reveller's Bar, one of Melbourne's premier rock venues.

Press Reviews[edit]

  • "Excellent music: vocals, instrumentation (especially the guitars), production ...all is superb. Recalls the glory days of Alice in Chains. You've just gotten yourself a new fan." Peter Greenway, Pro Music Reviewer, Broadjam USA
  • "The philosophy of Tenpenny Joke is deceptively simple - hit songs, and more of them." Damon Carrol, Triple R Radio
  • "From the opening stereopanned hypnotic indian riffs, this album began to reel me in. Expertly executed performances from all. "She" - a great rock song sandwiched between the aforementioned 'indianisms' and a beautiful chamber orchestra finale! Then the straight-ahead riffing of "Sirens" gets serious. Comparisons to anyone do this band a disservice. "Sense", like "She" makes fine use of the stereo picture in its guitar and vocal work. Simple but highly effective. Great contemporary rock harmonies, just enough edge to the singer's vocals - which are inherently listenable. You get the feeling that this band's creative well runneth over. A truly great rock album, by anyone's standards." - Kevin Moore, Jamendo UK.

Chart Position[edit]

Being a limited independent release within Australia only, the album was never taken into account as part of the official chart system. It has however charted on various internet charts as most-downloaded album, album of the week, highest-rated new release etc. For instance She is one of the highest charting songs on independent music site Garageband.com, and overall the highest ranked Alternative Rock song on the website.

Garageband.com Awards:

  • Track of the Day on 1, Sep2005 in Alternative Rock
  • Track of the Day on 16, Sep2005 in Rock
  • Track Of The Week on 31, Jul2006 in Alternative Rock
  • Track Of The Week on 28, Aug2006 in Rock
  • No. 18 Best Guitars in Alternative Rock, all-time
  • No. 19 Best Production in Alternative Rock, all-time
  • Best Male Vocals in Alternative Rock, week of 16, Oct2006
  • Best Guitars in Alternative Rock, week of 22, Aug2005
  • Best Guitars in Alternative Rock, week of 29, Aug2005
  • Best Guitars in Alternative Rock, week of 9, Oct2006
  • Best Drums overall, week of 29, Aug2005
  • Best Drums in Alternative Rock, week of 22, Aug2005
  • Best Drums in Alternative Rock, week of 29, Aug2005
  • Best Drums in Alternative Rock, week of 9, Oct2006
  • Best Programming in Alternative Rock, week of 22, Aug2005
  • Best Production in Alternative Rock, week of 22, Aug2005
  • Best Production in Alternative Rock, week of 29, Aug2005
  • Best Production in Alternative Rock, week of 16, Oct2006
  • Best Lyrics in Alternative Rock, week of 9, Oct2006
  • Best Melody in Alternative Rock, week of 9, Oct2006
  • Best Melody in Alternative Rock, week of 16, Oct2006
  • Best Beat in Alternative Rock, week of 22, Aug2005
  • Best Beat in Alternative Rock, week of 9, Oct2006
  • Most Original in Alternative Rock, week of 22, Aug2005
  • Most Original in Alternative Rock, week of 9, Oct2006 Rocking Track overall, week of 22, Aug2005
  • Most Original in Alternative Rock, week of 9, Oct2006
  • Rocking Track overall, week of 22, Aug2005
  • Rocking Track in Alternative Rock, week of 22, Aug2005
  • Rocking Track in Alternative Rock, week of 12, Sep2005
  • Grooviest Rhythm in Alternative Rock, week of 9, Oct2006

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Even Harbour (2003)
  • Tenpenny Joke (self-titled) (2000)

Videos[edit]

  • Black Satellite (2007)
  • Don't Go (2007)
  • Sirens (2006)
  • She (2005)
  • Sense (2004)
  • Even Harbour (2003)
  • Caroline (2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Artists :: Tenpenny Joke". Australian Music Online. Australia Council for the Arts. Archived from the original on 22 November 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Tenpenny Joke (2005), Ambush on all Sides, Richmond, Vic: Shock, retrieved 1 February 2018
  3. ^ "Interviews :: Tenpenny Joke yarn about the local music scene". Australian Music Online. Australia Council for the Arts. 23 January 2006. Archived from the original on 22 November 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  4. ^ SitarHero (2 May 2012). "Tenpenny Joke – Ambush on all Sides". Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  5. ^ Pearson, Alistair: "Beat Magazine", page 72. Beat Press, 2007.
  6. ^ Cabela, Morgan: "Beat Magazine", page 08. Beat Press, 2006.
  7. ^ Cabela, Morgan: "Beat Magazine", page 08. Beat Press, 2006.
  8. ^ Beaton, Rosie: "Triple J Website", Rosie's picks. Triple J, 2007.
  9. ^ See article on Muzeeli's Blog Archived 17 February 2013 at Archive.today
  10. ^ Carroll, Damien: "Inpress Magazine", page 65. In Press, 2006.
  11. ^ Carroll, Damien: "Inpress Magazine", page 65. In Press, 2006.

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