The Preatures

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The Preatures
The Preatures Twilight at Taronga, 2018.jpg
Isabella Manfredi and Jack Moffitt
Background information
OriginSydney, Australia
Years active2010 (2010)-present
LabelsMercury Records Australia
  • Thomas Champion
  • Luke Davison
  • Isabella Manfredi
  • Jack Moffitt
Past membersGideon Bensen

The Preatures are an Australian band from Sydney. The band was formed in 2010 and features Isabella 'Izzi' Manfredi on vocals/keyboards, Jack Moffitt (guitar), Thomas Champion (bass) and Luke Davison (drums). Gideon Bensen was a member of the band until 2016. In 2013, the band won the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition with their song "Is This How You Feel?".[1]


Champion and Moffitt were school friends at Newington College[2] who met Manfredi at the Australian Institute of Music in 2008. They formed a band together and in 2010 added Luke Davison and, now former member, Gideon Bensen and under the name The Preachers.[3]

In 2012, they changed the spelling of their name to The Preatures to avoid legal complications with other bands with similar names, signed with Mercury Records and released the EP Shaking Hands.[4] The EP featured the single "Take a Card", written by Manfredi with Bensen on lead vocals. It was featured on Triple J Unearthed.[5]

In 2013, they released a second EP, Is This How You Feel? featuring two singles, "Is This How You Feel?" and "Manic Baby". The single "Is This How You Feel?" attracted considerable success, winning the $50,000 Vanda & Young prize, being nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Pop Release,[6] and being voted ninth in the prestigious Triple J Hottest 100.[7]

Blue Planet Eyes, their debut studio album, was released on 30 September 2014,[8] which peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[9] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2015 the group were nominated in three categories.[6]

Gideon Bensen left the band on good terms in March 2016.[10]

Their album Girlhood was released on 11 August 2017 on Island Records and was nominated for an ARIA Music Award for Best Rock Album.[11]

Musical Style[edit]

Self described as rock pop soul, the band has morphed in sound throughout the years with the loss of the deep voice of Gideon Bensen who went on to do a solo project.[12] On the other hand, their sound has transformed into catchy rhythms as well a slow ballads on their newest album Girlhood. Manfredi grew up listening to Yothu Yindi and Warumpi Band, famous indigenous bands. These sounds permeate throughout the popular and upbeat sounds.


This single has a lengthy and compelling backstory in which Manfredi realised the song had to have an Indigenous connection. She sought out the help from Darug woman, Jacinta Tobin, who insisted upon seeing an eagle before letting the song be written[13]. Time seemed to be running out before at the last minute she saw two eagles, and then felt the spirit was with the song.

Yanada yanada yanada-marri yanada Gumada, gumada, nula burra-waYanada yanada yanada, walama yanama-la Gumada, gumada wa nura (Ngurra-wa)

Translated to English: “Moon, moon, moon, great (full) moon / spirit, spirit (here there, everywhere) in the sky”.

In 2017 along with the release of the single, The Preatures launched a campaign to help the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies to raise money to maintain the documentation of Indigenous languages.[13]


The band is currently headlining a 40 location tour around Australia, just after their supporting gig with Harry Styles on his Australian leg of his world tour. They have also supported the likes of P!nk, Foo Fighters and the Rolling Stones.[12][14]



Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Blue Planet Eyes
  • Release date: 30 September 2014
  • Label: Mosy, Mercury Records (4701511)
  • Formats: Vinyl, CD, digital download
Girlhood 13


Title Album details
Shaking Hands
  • Release date: 12 Oct 2012
  • Label: Mosy, Mercury Records (3717118)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Is This How You Feel?
  • Release date: 9 Aug 2013
  • Label: Mosy, Mercury Records (3747799)
  • Formats: CD, digital download


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Take a Card" [18] 2012 Shaking Hands
"Is This How You Feel?" [19] 2013 46 Is This How You Feel?
"Manic Baby" [21] -
"Better Than It Ever Could Be" [22] 2014 - N/A
"Two Tone Melody" [23] - Blue Planet Eyes
"Somebody's Talking" -
"Cruel" 2015 -
"I Know a Girl"[24] 2016 - N/A
"Girlhood"[25] 2017 - Girlhood
"Yanada" -
"Magick" [26] 2018 -


  1. ^ "Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition". APRA AMCOS. 2013.
  2. ^ The Preatures (with two Old Newingtonians) wins Songwriting Competition. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  3. ^ Poppy Jacobs. "The Preatures' Isabella Manfredi". Everguide. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  4. ^ Scott Fitzsimons (27 August 2012). "The Preatures sign to Mercury Records for five album deal". Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  5. ^ "The Preatures". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2012.
  6. ^ a b ARIA Music Awards for The Preatures:
  7. ^ "The Countdown". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2013.
  8. ^ Monger, Timothy. "Blue Planet Eyes Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  9. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography The Preatures". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Gideon Bensen, guitarist of The Preatures has left the band | Music News | triple j". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  11. ^ "The Preatures - Girlhood". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  12. ^ a b Weston, Liana. "Sound Scout: The Preatures Are the Ultimate Pop-Rock Band—Sans the Rockstar Complex". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  13. ^ a b Harmon, Steph (3 August 2017). "Isabella Manfredi on the Preatures' new song: 'I want Indigenous language on the radio again'". the Guardian. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  14. ^
  15. ^ a b Peaks in Australia:
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2018 Albums". ARIA. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  17. ^ Kaye, Ben (3 June 2017). "The Preatures announce second album, Girlhood, share video for title track – watch". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Evangelists - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Is This How You Feel? - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2018 Singles". ARIA. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Manic Baby - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  22. ^ "Better Than It Ever Could Be - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  23. ^ "Two Tone Melody - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  24. ^ "I Know a Girl - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  25. ^ "Girlhood - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  26. ^ "Magick - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 15 April 2018.

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