segunda-feira, 1 de maio de 2017

The Fireballs

Fireballs are recognised by many as Australia’s first and foremost psychobilly band, a reputation credited to their early beginnings and their present longevity. From inception the idea was tocapture a flavour that would recognise their original rockabilly roots and their love of playing hard ‘n’ fast. Heavily influenced by double bass driven international bands, such as The Stray Cats, Batmobile, Mad Sin and the Klingonz, Fireballs ambitiously aimed to carve out their own niche in a smaller Melbourne scene.

Eddie Fury, Joe Phantom and Matt Black, the original three members may have started by playing at rockabilly gigs – however they set themselves apart with a hybrid sound of metal and punk influenced by the local hardcore sounds that were emerging from Melbourne at the time - such as Depression, Radio Birdman and Beasts of Bourbon.

However, it is a large sound and production that has ultimately set Fireballs well apart from their rockabilly and psychobilly contemporaries as a talented and innovative band that aren’t afraid to
push the limits and who are competent in entertaining large audiences.

Fireballs have played at major festivals in Australia such as The Big Day Out, Falls Festival and The Meredith Music Festival. These festivals saw them playing with international outfits such as The Ramones, The Offspring, The Cult and Iggy Pop.

In 1997, the band played a three date tour with Kiss, a particular highlight for the band - where they realised their dream of supporting an international metal act. On the back of this success the went on to play with Motley Crue, Motorhead and perform at the Tokyo Big Rumble in Japan.

After an eight year hiatus, the band reformed with a new line up; Dylan Villain and Pete Speed replaced Matt Black and the band played at the Psychobilly Meeting in Spain. This has resulted in a new EP and a new album in the works.

Fireballs are now embarking on an east coast tour once again as well as charity performances that have raised money for fire victims in Victoria - their home state. They are continuing to push their unique hybrid sound to new and old audiences around the country and internationally.

Terminal Haircut (1992)
Life Takes Too Long (1995)
So Bad It's Good (1996)
Hellrider (2010)
Fall of the Damned (1993)
Fireballs (self titled 7" EP) (1997)
Singles and radio releases:
Don't Bother Me (1995)
So Bad It's Good (1996)
Voodoo (1996)