Will Stoker and the Embers

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Will Stoker and the Embers
Will Stoker & The Embers @ Rosemount Hotel (16 4 2010) (4553789055).jpg
Background information
OriginPerth, Western Australia, Australia
Years active2005, 2007–present
LabelsShock
Websitewillstoker.com
MembersGareth Bevan
Ashley Doodkorte
Will Stoker
Dylan Szymkow
Anthony Jackson
Past membersLuke Dux
Ryan Dux
Russell Loasby
Brett Murray
Tahlia Palmer
Benjamin Roberts
Kynan Tan

Will Stoker and the Embers are a band based in Perth, Western Australia fronted by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Will Stoker. In 2007 they won the Western Australian final of the National Campus Band Competition and then went to Melbourne to win the national final. They have also received a public voted nomination for Favourite Newcomer at the West Australian Music Industry Association awards 2009. Guitarist Luke Dux and Bassist Ryan Dux also won industry voted awards for Best Guitarist and Best Bassist respectively.[1]

Biography[edit]

2005-2009: Formation and Five Beds for Bitsy[edit]

The first incarnation of Will Stoker and the Embers took place in 2005 consisting of Will Stoker on vocals and guitar, Benjamin Roberts aka Benny Revolver (Benny Revolver and the Blanks) on bass and Ashley Doodkorte (Pyromesh) on drums, playing a few gigs before Stoker left Perth for Melbourne. Returning to Perth in 2007, Stoker reformed the band with the addition of Brett Murray (The Wire Complex) on keyboards and entered the band in the Next Big Thing band competition and the National Campus Band Competition. The band made it to the final of the 2007 Next Big Thing competition[2]

After a line-up change – Kynan Tan (The Vice-Chancellors) and Gareth Bevan (Brainhorn) filling in for the departing Murray – the band won the State final of the National Campus Bands Competition[3] and then travelled to Melbourne, winning the National Final.[4]

Will Stoker and the Embers played at the Perth leg of the 2008 Big Day Out[5] on the local produce stage. In March 2008 they followed this by opening the West Coast Blues & Roots Festival in Fremantle[6] and playing at RTRFM's 'In The Pines' concert in April 2008. Tan left the band due to creative differences and Roberts left due to a crippling gambling addiction. They were replaced by Luke Dux on guitar (The Floors, Timothy Nelson and the Infidels) and Ryan Dux on bass (The Floors, The Kill Devil Hills).

The band's first release, the Five Beds for Bitsy EP was self-released in November 2008, and distributed through Shock Records. Tours on the east coast of Australia followed. The "Five Beds for Bitsy" music video shot by Perth filmmaker Mat De Koning received national airplay on ABC TV's Rage programme[7] and was an entrant in the 2009 St Kilda Film Festival.[8] The band opened the second day of the 2009 Southbound Festival in Busselton after winning the Stagebound band competition.[9] Will Stoker and the Embers also opened the first Perth St Jeromes Laneway Festival in February 2009.[10]

2010-present: Debut album[edit]

Will Stoker and the Embers recorded their debut album after receiving a Department of Culture and the Arts recording grant in January 2010.[11] The album was released on 16 April 2010[12] with a launch show at the Rosemount Hotel.[13]

The self-titled album has gained widely positive reviews from street press[14][15] and online music review websites.[16] The album has also proved popular with illegal download and file-sharing websites.

The first single to be released from the debut album, "The King", received airplay on national youth radio station, Triple J.[17] The accompanying music video was shot by Mat De Koning with Paul Donnelly and Mat Doust with the band in an old abandoned music cinema in the Perth CBD on 14 March 2010.[18]

Luke and Ryan Dux won 'Best Guitarist' and 'Best Bassist' respectively at the 2010 West Australian Music Industry Awards.[19] Stoker was nominated in the 'Best Male Vocalist' category, but failed to win.[20]

The band supported Kasabian at Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide as part of Kasabian's July 2010 Australian Tour,[21] before travelling to Melbourne to launch their album on the east coast of Australia at The Tote in Collingwood. Will Stoker and the Embers supported The Charlatans for the last gig of the later band's 2010 Australian Tour.

In January 2011 Luke and Ryan Dux announced they would be leaving the band leading to a brief hiatus. During this time Stoker focussed on solo material.

In March 2012 the hiatus was broken when Anthony Jackson (ex-Birds of Tokyo) and Dylan Szymkow (Nexus, Thee Gold Blooms) joined the band. Will Stoker and the Embers returned to the live circuit[22] and are working on the follow-up album to 2010's self-titled debut

Band members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Will Stoker — vocals, guitar, keyboards, piano, clarinet, boot
  • Ashley Doodkorte — drums, percussion, cheesewheel
  • Gareth Bevan — guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Dylan Szymkow — guitar, hutchence
  • Anthony Jackson — bass

Former[edit]

  • Luke Dux — guitar, vocals
  • Ryan Dux — bass
  • Russell Loasby — drums (occasional fill-in)
  • Martin 'Kim Jong-un' Gonzalez — bass (occasional fill-in)
  • Benjamin Roberts — bass
  • Brett Murray — keyboards
  • Kynan Tan — guitar, keyboard, vocals
  • Tahlia Palmer — percussion, vocals, vibe, camera

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Will Stoker & The Embers
  • Released: 16 April 2010
  • Label: Shock Records
  • Format: CD, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Five Beds for Bitsy
  • Released: 1 November 2008
  • Label: Will Stoker and the Embers (WILL001)
  • Format: CD, digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.wam.asn.au/Events/WAMiFestival/WAMiFestival2009/WAMiAwards/tabid/100/Default.aspx
  2. ^ http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/reviews/events/9925/Next-Big-Thing-Semi-Final-2--Rosemount-Hotel-Perth-2172007.htm
  3. ^ http://www.themusic.com.au/imm_display.php?s=christie&id=222
  4. ^ Indie Initiative - Independent Bands, Music News and Resources Australia
  5. ^ Big Day Out Perth - February 2008 – EnjoyPerth!
  6. ^ http://perthmusic.norg.com.au/category/west-coast-bluesnroots/
  7. ^ rage
  8. ^ http://2009.stkildafilmfestival.com.au/view_soundkilda
  9. ^ http://www.sunsetevents.com.au/home/news/southbound-family-grows-a-lot.html
  10. ^ Music JUNKEE
  11. ^ http://www.dca.wa.gov.au/funding/grants/frequently_used_pages/Recipients/2009/contemporary_music/contemporary_music_-_september
  12. ^ Home and Hosed - triple j
  13. ^ http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/reviews/events/23344/Will-Stoker-and-the-Embers--Rosemount-Perth-160410.htm
  14. ^ X-Press Magazine – Entertainment in Perth
  15. ^ http://www.ravemagazine.com.au/content/view/20361/181/
  16. ^ http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/reviews/music/23383/Will-Stoker-and-the-Embers--Will-Stoker-and-the-Embers.htm
  17. ^ http://www.jplay.com.au/JSite/ViewSong.aspx?SongID=29722
  18. ^ Will Stoker & The Embers - The King - YouTube
  19. ^ http://wam.asn.au/Events/WAMiFestival/WAMiFestival2010/2010WAMiAwards/tabid/168/Default.aspx
  20. ^ http://www.wam.asn.au/Events/WAMiFestival/WAMiFestival2010/2010WAMiAwards/tabid/168/Default.aspx
  21. ^ http://www.ravereview.com.au/adelaide/gig-reviews/245-kasabian-wwill-stoker-and-the-embers-thebarton-theatre-280710
  22. ^ Home - Shawn Carney Blog

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