Strangers In Paradise

Strangers In Paradise

Strangers In Paradise

Power pop, Rock
From: victoria, Australia

Band Members

  • Tristian James - Vocals, Guitars
  • Mike Minten - Drums
  • Mal Beveridge - Base Guitar

About Band

While still in their infancy, Melbourne trio Strangers in Paradise are shaping up to make a major impact in the Australian music industry. When singer/songwriter Tristan James decided in 2005 that he missed the camaraderie found working within a band, he approached friends and sometimes-musical collaborators Mal Beveridge (bass) and Mike Minten (drums). It was fairly obvious from the first rehearsal that this was a unit that was not only going to work, but excel. Each person brought a distinct set of influences to the equation: Tristan, his love of simple and powerful songwriting in the vein of U2, Oasis and Van Morrison, Mal a vast experience in playing rock, blues, funk and jazz, and Mike, an ill-matched passion for Depeche Mode and Iron Maiden, Simple Minds and Metallica. The common thread was a desire to create distinctive, yet accessible music with an   emphasis on hooks and melodies. When it came to the song-writing process, Strangers in Paradise had a simple agenda; to set trends, not follow them. When they were ready to take their songs into the live arena, things really started heating up. After debuting at the Dan O'Connell, their reputation as a dynamic live act saw them deliver sizzling sets at the Espy, The Evelyn, Rollover@The Palace, Ruby's, Make Poverty History and most recently The Queenscliff Music Festival . Herald Sun music critic Cameron Adams described their sound as "potential laden" whilst Age and Inpress writer Clem Bastow gave their first single 'I Know Why' a glowing endorsement, calling it "a killer chunk of pealing '80's 'intelligent rock' ". The rest of 2006 will see plenty more action on the live front, laying the foundations for a massive 2007.

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