Hailing from the great South Australian state that brought you two giant balls, Farmer’s Union iced coffee and Cooper’s Pale Ale come brit pop band THE BYZANTINES.
There’s nothing pale about these Adelaide lads and best mates; vocalist Michael Pietrafesa, guitarist David Zammit, Jose Moucho on bass and Johnny Zervas on drums. Considered ‘Australia’s answer to Kasabian’ THE BYZANTINES have incorporated a varied mesh of sounds and layers, all the while feeling organic and staying true to the British sound that bands like The Stone Roses and Primal Scream made famous.
Using the opportunity to promote their debut EP and supported by the Brit music icons such as Fred Perry Subculture and Liam Gallagher’s clothing label Pretty Green, THE BYZANTINES embarked on a European/UK trip in 2014. Coming off of their international tour, the guys were invited by Rolling Stones magazine to play a sold out Workers Club show in Melbourne for their Live Lodge event supporting The Delta Riggs.
After seeing them perform, The Delta Riggs’ guitarist and talented engineer and producer Alex Markwell offered his expertise in the studio when the boys decided to record in 2015.
Recorded between competing national tours and other commitments, the boys also enlisted the help of friends Dan Crannitch (Love and Other Crimes) to assist with pre-production and Luke Godson (Luke Million/The Swiss) to help capture the more electronic aspects of the band’s sound.
The initial session birthed Jamaica, ‘a swaggering hot mess’ (Rolling Stone Magazine), which set the benchmark for the rest of the EP. The first listens from the new recordings are ‘Jamaica’ and ‘She Moves’, available on triple J unearthed, both singles lauded from critics and fans alike.