The Flairz

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The Flairz
Origin Fremantle, Australia
Genres Garage rock
Years active 2003–2009
Labels Lefroy Records
MGM Distribution
Associated acts San Cisco
Website Official website
Past members Dion Mariani
John Mariani
Scarlett Stevens
Georgia Wilkinson Derums

The Flairz was a garage rock band from Perth, Western Australia, Australia. The band received airplay on commercial and community radio across Australia, including national station, Triple J.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

All three founding members were 10 years old and were already writing songs as a band when they started to gain the attention of the music press in 2003. The Flairz then played its first show in December 2003. The band won an award in September 2004 for WAM Song of the Year for the song, "Sidewalk Surfer".[1]

Rock and Roll Ain't Evil[edit]

The Flairz released its first EP Rock and Roll Ain't Evil on 15 November 2004 while signed to Lefroy Records—the recording was distributed through MGM.

The lead track from The Flairz's independent debut EP, Rock and Roll Ain't Evil, was the "coolest song in the world this week" on the 19 September 2004 episode of the syndicated rock show Little Steven's Underground Garage, and, as of December 2006, the song receives a high level of airplay on the Sirius Satellite Radio channel of the same name. The band then started playing at several high-profile music festivals in 2005, such as the St Kilda Festival, the Come Together Music Festival, the Big Day Out and Rock-It.[2]

The band then received press coverage in the United States in March 2006 when it played the South by Southwest (SXSW) music conference in Austin, Texas.[3]

In late 2006, the band introduced new band member Georgia Wilkinson-Derums who played bass guitar for the band.[4]

Bullseye[edit]

Bullseye is the second EP released by The Flairz—again with Lefroy Records and through MGM Distribution—and was released on 3 February 2007, with Dean Oliver on bass. Airplay of this recording was reasonably high and songs were featured on Rage, Video Hits, Channel [V] and radio stations around the country.[citation needed]

Black Fox[edit]

In 2008, The Flairz released its first full-length studio album "Black Fox", again with Lefroy Records and through MGM. Produced by Dom Mariani, Black Fox was released on 15 July 2008, together with a bonus recording, The Early Years 2003-2006.[citation needed]

Disbanding[edit]

In November 2009, after six years as a band, The Flairz decided to cease the musical project and the band members embarked on individual pursuits—as of 2009, Stevens is a member of the Australian band San Cisco.[5] Dion Mariani formed rock band Custom Royal with Mitchell MacKintosh (The Watts).

Background[edit]

John's father and Dion's uncle is Dom Mariani of The Stems, The Someloves, DM3, Dom Mariani and the Majestic Kelp.[6] Stevens is the daughter of Phil Stevens, founder of Jarrah Records, manager of the John Butler Trio, The Waifs and formerly Little Birdy, and former live music venue owner & Dion's father is Laurie Mariani a stage lighting engineer.[5][7]

Members[edit]

The band consisted of:

  • Dion Mariani – guitar and vocals
  • John Mariani – guitar and vocals
  • Scarlett Stevens – drums and vocals
  • Georgia Wilkinson Derums – bass and vocals

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Black Fox

EPs[edit]

Title Album details
Rock And Roll Ain't Evil
  • Released: 15 November 2004
  • Label: Lefroy Records/MGM (FLZ001)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Bullseye
  • Released: 3 February 2007
  • Label: Lefroy Records/MGM (FLZ002)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
The Early Years 2003-2006
  • Released: 15 July 2008 (bonus CD released with Black Fox)
  • Label: Lefroy Records/MGM
  • Formats: CD, digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WAM Song of the Year". Western Australian Music Industry Association. 2004. Archived from the original on 3 July 2006. Retrieved 22 December 2006. 
  2. ^ "The Flairz: Artist Profile". Australian Music Online. 2006. Archived from the original on 13 September 2006. Retrieved 22 December 2006. 
  3. ^ "SXSW 2006 Showcasing Artists". South by Southwest. 2006. Archived from the original on 12 November 2006. Retrieved 22 December 2006. 
  4. ^ "Great Scott: Flairz support tribute to AC/DC legend". The West Australian. 22 February 2007. Archived from the original on 28 February 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2008. 
  5. ^ a b NME (14 November 2012). "Radar Band Of The Week - No. 113: San Cisco". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Daily Telegraph - Kathy McCabe Archived 19 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Sally Browne (15 April 2012). "Music: Quizzing the Cisco kids". The Sunday Mail. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 

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