Yves Klein Blue

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Yves Klein Blue
Yves Klein Blue, 2007
Yves Klein Blue, 2007
Background information
OriginBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
GenresIndie rock
Years active2005–2010 [1]
LabelsDew Process
Past membersMichael Tomlinson
Charles Sale
Sean Cook
Chris Banham

Yves Klein Blue was an Australian indie rock band from Brisbane, which formed in 2005 and disbanded in 2010. The line-up included Chris Banham on drums and percussion, Sean Cook on bass guitar, Charles Sale on lead guitar and keyboards and Michael Tomlinson on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Their name is from the colour, International Klein Blue, by Yves Klein.

The band were signed to Brisbane record label Dew Process,[1] under which they re-released their debut EP Yves Klein Blue Draw Attention to Themselves (April 2008).[2][3]

Yves Klein Blue supported local and international acts, the Veils, Franz Ferdinand, the Fratellis, the Living End, Ben Kweller, You Am I and the Grates, and appeared at Big Day Out, SxSW, Pyramid Rock Festival and Splendour in the Grass during 2008.[4] Their only album, Ragged & Ecstatic, was released in Australia and New Zealand in July 2009, which reached the top 50 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[5]

On 31 January 2011, the band announced via an email to mailing list subscribers[6] and a post on their Facebook page wall that they had disbanded in the second half of 2010 due to creative differences and that they now live in different cities.[7]


Charles Sale, on guitar and vocals, formed punk rockers, Babaganouj in Brisbane in 2011 alongside co-founding member Harriette Pilbeam (a.k.a. Hatchie, ex-Go Violets),[8] on bass guitar and vocals; they added Ruby McGregor in 2013 on rhythm guitar and vocals.[9][10][11] Their debut extended play, Sife Lucks (February 2014),[12] was followed by three more EPs, Pillar of Light (August 2016),[9] Hard to Be (October 2016) and Clarity Restored (2017), before working on their debut album.[13]

In February 2013, Yves Klein Blue's lead singer, Michael Tomlinson, formed a new band, Many Things,[14] based in London.[15]



Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions
Ragged & Ecstatic 42

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Yves Klein Blue Draw Attention to Themselves
  • Release date: 1 April 2008
  • Label: Dew Process Records
  • Formats: CD, music download


Year Single Album
2008 "Polka" Yves Klein Blue Draw
Attention to Themselves
"Silence Is Distance"
2009 "Getting Wise" Ragged & Ecstatic
"Polka" (re-release)
2010 "Make Up Your Mind"



  1. ^ http://www.halo-17.net/7459.html[dead link]
  2. ^ Yves Klein Blue Draw Attention to Themselves Archived 11 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine, 24 December 2006, fasterlouder.com.au
  3. ^ Yves Klein Blue Record Album in America Archived 30 January 2013 at archive.today, 14 October 2008, ozmusicscene.com
  4. ^ Yves Klein Blue - bio Archived 10 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine, (n.d.), dew-process.com
  5. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Yves Klein Blue". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  6. ^ Breakup email[permanent dead link], 31 January 2011
  7. ^ Breakup Facebook post, 31 January 2011
  8. ^ Lorusso, Marissa (14 June 2017). "Hatchie Spins Around Her Native Brisbane for Gaze-Pop Debut 'Try'". NPR Music. National Public Radio. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  9. ^ a b Noble, Margy. "Charles Sales of Babaganouj (Brisbane) talks Pillar of Light & Bigsound". The AU Review. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  10. ^ Ng, Jen. "Premiere: Babaganoüj – 'Bluff'". Happy. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  11. ^ O'Sullivan, Jazmine (26 March 2014). "Fuzz-Pop Appetiser". theMusic.com.au. Street Press Australia. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  12. ^ Fuamoli, Sosefina (13 February 2014). "Babaganouj Set for East Coast Tour with the Release of New Single 'Too Late for Love'". The AU Review. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  13. ^ Kissane, Ash. "Premiere Babaganouj's Clarity Restored EP". Controlzine. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  14. ^ White, Claire (30 April 2015). "Introducing interview Many Things". Love Music; Love Life. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  15. ^ "Michael Tomlinson | Interview | The Weekend Edition". The Weekend Edition | What's on in Brisbane. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  16. ^ Triple J Hottest 100, 2008, abc.net.au/triplej
  17. ^ Triple J Hottest 100, 2009 abc.net.au/triplej

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