The John Steel Singers

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The John Steel Singers
OriginBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
Years active2007–2016
LabelsLevity, Dew Process
Associated actsLittle Scout, Robert Forster
Past membersScott Bromiley
Tim Morrissey
Ross Chandler
Pete Bernoth
Luke McDonald
Jonathan Boulet
Kirsty Tickle
Dion J. Forde
Damien Hammond
Pat McDermott
Conan Thorogood

The John Steel Singers were an Australian six piece band from Brisbane, Queensland,[1] named after a toy horse that band member Tim Morrissey named John Steel.[2] They were formed in 2007 when Morrissey and Scott Bromiley decided to start making music together and were soon joined by Ross Chandler, Pete Bernoth, Pat McDermott and Luke McDonald.[3] The band released an EP and a mini album independently before signing with Levi's Jeans' record label Levity and releasing another EP, In Colour.[4] The band has had multiple tracks on rotation on Triple J,[5][6][7][8] won a Triple J Unearthed competition[5] and became the Unearthed Artist of the Year in 2008.[9] The band's song 'Overpass' placed 52nd in the 2010 Hottest 100.[10]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Tangalooma (2010) #67 AUS[11]
  • Everything's A Thread (2013)[12]
  • Midnight at the Plutonium (2016)


  • The John Steel Singers (2007)
  • The Beagle and the Dove mini LP (2008)
  • In Colour (Levity, 2008)
  • Masochist (2009)

Band members[edit]

Final lineup
  • Scott Bromiley – vocals, guitar, keyboards, trumpet, bass
  • Tim Morrissey – vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Ross Chandler – drums
  • Pete Bernoth – vocals, keyboards, trombone
  • Luke McDonald – vocals, keyboards, guitar
  • Jonathan Boulet – percussion
  • Kirsty Tickle – saxophone, vocals
Former members
  • Dion J. Forde – bass
  • Damien Hammond – bass
  • Pat McDermott – bass
  • Conan Thorogood – bass


AIR Awards[edit]

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
AIR Awards of 2009[13][14] The John Steel Singers Breakthrough Independent Artist Nominated

J Award[edit]

The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth-focused radio station Triple J. They commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
J Awards of 2008 The John Steel Singers Unearthed Artist of the Year Won


  1. ^ Mengel, Noel (5 November 2009), "Putting some steel into pop", The Courier-Mail, p. 42
  2. ^ Rullo, Jasmyn (18 October 2009), "Riding high with a steely resolve", Sunday Herald Sun, p. 9
  3. ^ "Steely", The Canberra Times, p. 2, 22 October 2009
  4. ^ Mengel, Noel (8 November 2008), "JSS' chaotic grand plan", The Courier-Mail, p. 14
  5. ^ a b Irwin, Julia (5 November 2008), "The singers with sting", Northcote Leader, p. 14
  6. ^ "Levity releases chart topping John Steel Singers". Fuel TV. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  7. ^ "Fans and fame for indie band", Byron Shire News, p. 40, 19 June 2008
  8. ^ "Pain that feels so good", Hobart Mercury, p. 37, 22 October 2009
  9. ^ "Things keep getting bigger for the John Steel Singers", The Sunday Telegraph, p. 127, 11 January 2009
  10. ^ "Hottest100". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2010.
  11. ^ "Chartifacts – Week Commencing: 15 November 2010". Australian Recording Industry Association. 15 November 2010. Archived from the original on 16 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  12. ^ "The John Steel Singers deliver new single 'Everything's A Thread'". Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  13. ^ "AIR Nominees". 19 October 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  14. ^ "History Wins". Australian Independent Record Labels Association. Retrieved 18 August 2020.