Handsome Young Strangers Biography:
In less than 12 months, Sydney’s Handsome Young Strangers (HYS) managed to navigate a steady course from backyard sing-alongs around the barbie – to major festival and rock stages all over the country.
HYS perform a blazing blend of colonial, bush punk/rock that is uniquely Australian – tunes about bushrangers, shearing, droving, convict hardship, sports heroes, war veterans and other iconic Australians …. and all delivered with an arsenal of musical weaponry including banjos, mandolins, mandolas, dulcimers, lagerphones & fiddles to name a few.
Equally at home on a cramped stage on a punk rock bill or a major folk festival, HYS take their influences from such revered Australian acts as: The Bushwackers, Redgum, Roaring Jack and Weddings Parties Anything whilst displaying an originality that shines through in their own songs.
HYS have appeared at such festivals as: Great Escape Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, National Folk Festival and Illawarra Folk Festival, toured interstate numerous times and racked up coveted support slots with international acts such as Bob Log III (USA), Hayseed Dixie (USA), Hawksley Workman (CAN) & Joel Plaskett (CAN).
On the local front they have also had the honour of touring and supporting such great acts as: The Kill Devil Hills, The Gin Club, Mick Thomas & the Sure Thing, S C Trash, Custom Kings, The Go Set, The Re-Mains, John Schumann (Redgum) and Spurs For Jesus, as well as performing onstage with Roger Corbett from the Bushwackers (who gives the band two thumbs up!).
In 2006 the band signed to independent label Code One (also home to Hawksley Workman & Joel Plaskett from Canada) and their debut EP ‘Shane Warne’ was released in Feb 2007 with significant airplay in Australia and England.
The single “Melbourne Town” was issued in 2009 with that tune being included on the album “Here’s The Thunder Lads!” which was issued in Nov 2011 through Troubadour Music.
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