Restless Rockers

Published in Billboard Magazine

 

Amy Meredith sounds more like the name of a sensitive singer/songwriter than an all-male Australian rock quintet, but that hasn’t slowed the band’s growth. Its Sony Music Australia debut album, “Restless,” opened at No. 8 on the Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) albums chart on July 12, after single “Lying” cracked the national top 10.

Now international plans are taking shape, and the band recently played a showcase in New York for Sony’s stateside executives. Meanwhile, an 18-date Australian tour booked by Sydney-based Artist Voice starts Sept. 22.

The group’s name “confuses people at first” artist manager Matt Emsell says, but any confusion dissipated after a string of high-profile mainstream TV appearances this year, plus live dates supporting Stereophonics, Good Charlotte and Cobra Starship.

The band has taken care to build an active online fan base, Emsell adds. “Everything’s been driven through interaction with the fans online. The fans feel like they’re friends with the band.” They also “helped the momentum at radio by getting on the phone and requesting songs,” Emsell says, with plays on commercial radio networks Nova and Austereo pushing debut single “Pornstar” into ARIA’s top 30.

“It seems like an overnight success,” Emsell says, “but the band has been working hard for over three years to get to this point.”