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Little Australia's Bi
Ask any musician how to describe his music and he’ll have a tough time answering you. When asked that daunting question, Eric Davich of Little Australia responded, “Imagine a young Eddie Vedder fronting a 1960’s era soul band.” A perfect description! Labeled by some as "soul-rock," Little Australia combines sophisticated songwriting with accessible pop-melodies and electrifying performances
This sextet features core members Eric Davich (vocals/guitar), David Ostrem (bass), Dan Wilson (drums), as well as a rotating horn section most frequently consisting of Kevin Birk (Trombone), Sam Ryder (Sax), and Mark Morgan (Trumpet). Aside from Little Australia, Eric Davich has performed solo at the Bitter End, CBGB’s, the Baggot Inn, and Googie’s Lounge (upstairs at The Living Room). Both Davich and drummer Dan Wilson played together in jazz combos, funk and rock bands, and world music ensembles while students at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Wilson got his start drumming for the nationally recognized William H. Hall High School Concert Jazz Band in West Hartford, CT. During his time with the group, he participated in both the Berklee High School Jazz Festival and the finals of the Essentially Ellington competition at Lincoln Center in New York City. Bassist Dave Ostrem, perhaps the most accomplished musician of the group, has performed with jazz legend Pat Martino and Brooklyn indie rockers Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears as well as the Nikhil P. Yerawadekar Quintet (NPYQ), the Jed Feuer Quintet (Bipolar), the Laura Thomas Band, the Regulars, and Ruby Bullet. Kevin Birk recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from NYU and has performed with the Crevulators, Pete O'Connell's Interioration, Quintus, Ferraby Lionheart, the Walkmen, Brian Lynch, Teo Macero, Frank Wess, Gary Smulyan, Ryan Keberle, and Victor Goines. Mark Morgan has performed with the Undisputed Heavyweights, the Drifters, Lenny Welch, Doug Cameron, and Pearl Kaufman
Since September 2006, Little Australia has been performing at NYC venues, including Arlene’s Grocery, the Annex, the Delancey, the Lion’s Den, Kenny’s Castaways, the Bitter End, and the Knitting Factory. In the spring of 2007, the band began playing shows in Philadelphia at the Grape Street mainstage and in Boston at the Bullfinch Yacht Club. With little more than a six-song promotional CD (recorded in one night!), Little Australia has received critical praise from AmieStreet.com, Indie Sounds NY, The Grove Magazine, and Indiemusicstop.com. The band has gained a reputation for being an impressive group of young accomplished musicians who play with the professionalism of veterans and the raw energy of 20 year-olds. Their name might include the word “little,” but don’t be fooled - these guys are up to some BIG things
"With jazz influenced classic rock and soulful pop tunes, Little Australia is a band that everyone should be going crazy over. The six young hotties making up the group are Eric Davich, David Ostrem, Dan Wilson, Kevin Birk, Sam Ryder and Mark Morgan. With years of experience on their instruments, skill and talent is obviously a huge part of what makes up this group, but it takes more than that for a band to be catchy and still unique
Their song "Fuckin' Rock Out" is the kind that you'd listen to at a show and fall in love with, while sipping beers and feeling great, and then years later, while driving with friends, you hear it on the radio and everyone says to turn it up and you reminisce. The song does as the title says, and it's the type of song that will be a hit and then a classic and it will never get old. Like The Rolling Stones, Cream and The Doors, there is a certain quality to Little Australia that puts you at ease, but also energizes you. The use of horns (trumpet, sax and trombone) is what gives certain songs an extra kick, but on a song like "Lucky" it's Davich's voice that grabs you. Rarely do I describe a voice as how I'd describe a person, but it has a handsome quality to it. It is the kind of voice that has that sexy, raspy quality, and because it is not too low or too high, it's a perfect blend of manliness and tenderness that will make every girl listening want to be the woman he is singing about; think modern day "Lay Lady Lay" (Bob Dylan)
Seeing them live at the Knitting Factory was great because the sincerity of their music was in their eyes and in every move. I met with them after, though at the time I was not my secret music reviewer self, and they were all humble and some even shy. Such nice guys and so talented! I can't wait to be able to say I saw them before they were famous and I'm sure that even when they are huge rock stars, they will still be the nice gentlemen that they are. One thing I'm positive about: New Yorkers are about to start feelings a little happier with the rise of this band.
- Em Bake
"With Eric Davich up front on guitars and vocals this performance stood out from most others at smaller venues because of Davich’s “rock star” tactics. Walking out into the crowd during a solo and later throwing his guitar pick at the front row might just have given him the front man status he yearns
Accompanied by Dave Ostrem on Bass, the line-up just gets better and better. Playing his instrument like Sin Semilia hits a bong; you can tell Ostrem never puts that thing down. As Dave lays down a funky groove Dan Wilson really opens it up on the drums. Accompanied by Kevin Birk on trombone, trumpet and sax players take turns with solo’s and pass the audiences attention around like a fuck doll
These guys rocked. We give them much deserved respect.
-The Grove Magazin
"Be sure to check out their upcoming tour dates - you won’t want to miss these guys live!
"Little Australia can best be described as "soul rock". These guys have a cool groove and an even cooler song list. Definitely one of the better original bands that I've seen in awhile.
Pete Fogel- Booker, Kenny's Castaways