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Back: Jim, Fran, Penny McBride
Front: Bon King, Andy
2002 ~ 2004 lineup ]
Frances Sputnik Gibson, Stewart Anderson, Hairs, Jim Woff and (seated) Andrew Coffey
Guy Blackman, Fran, Stewart and Hairs New York Uni 2001
Explosion & Hairs
Fran, Stewart & Hairs
Brighton June '99
Fran & Hairs NY May '99
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The CANNANES (in a nutshell)
Read Reviews from CMJ, Beat Magazine, Pop Matters , Spin (& others) of our most recent release the Small Batch Maxi EP (U.S. Release 19th March 2013) here
Cannanes have been described as 'the world's most indie band'
but despite never having a manager, agent or signing a recording
deal they have toured the world, headlined numerous sold out concerts in London, New York and Tokyo, produced numerous recordings,
and been recognised internationally as one of Australia's
best known bands. Even Kurt Cobain listed the Cannanes as
a band he liked in his journal. Back in
Australia they received high rotation airplay on national
radio station JJJ for their last album Trouble seemed so far away, (released on the Slabco label
(Los Angeles) and Lamingtone (Australia). In February 2006 they
completed a six date tour of Japan (their 3rd) and in May & June of 2008 they completed a 15 date tour of the US and Mexico headlining the 2008 NYC Pop Fest, as well as spending two weeks recording in Manhattan. While they were touring the documentary Short Poppy Syndrome, about the band, had it's World Premiere at the Light Bulb Festival in the UK. In November 2008 Converse released a limited edition Cannanes (Chuck Taylor) Gym boot as part of the (Product) Red campaign to raise money for the Global Fund to fight Aids Tuberculosis & Malaria. 2010 saw the band back in the UK for a mini tour joined on stage by members of Sarandon.
2013 Howling at all Hours Lineup ~ L-R ~ Mia, Hairs, Francesca, Fran, James & David
In March/April 2013 the Maxi EP Small Batch (CD, Dig., and soon to be Vinyl) received a deluge of favourable reviews (see link up top), April 2013 also saw the release of a 7 track small batch remixes (digital maxi ep ~ remixes by English DJ RIchie Phoe and US Dubsters Dr Version & Chowtime).
Presently the band is preparing to play the Chickfactor 21 Fest June 11 2013 in New York, as well as more recording dates both in N.Y. & Flagstaff, Arizona. July looks like the probable release date for new album Howling at all Hours (CD, Dig. & Vinyl) and launch dates in Australia to follow. Just to keep things interesting work continuing work on remastering for the re-releases of their first two albums; completing two more albums unreleased albums as well as a bunch of singles, EPs & other projects. Expect a swag of new releases (and no doubt accompanying launches later in 2013/14).
Current core lineup ~ ie. sans rhythm section ~ for more details & images of current lineup click HERE
L-R Frances Sputnik Gibson, SirHairs
Previous recordings have been financed by established labels
in the USA & the UK and their nine CD/LP's 'Caveat Emptor',
'Witchety Pole', 'Short Poppy Syndrome', 'A Love Affair With
Nature', 'The Cannanes', 'Arty Barbecue', 'Living The Dream',
'Communicating At An Unknown Rate' and 'Trouble
seemed so far away' as well as a multitude of increasingly collectable CD/EP's
+ cassette 7'' & 12'' releases.
2005-08 Big Band period ~ L-R ~ G Roy, Fran, Penny McBride, Bon King, James Dutton & SirHairs
the Cannanes' first release 'Bored Angry and Jealous' was named Single of the Year by UK music magazine NME in late
1986, the band has attracted an ever expanding international
following. Based in Sydney Australia the band has had a lengthy
recording career and toured extensively in Australia and completed
six tours of the USA. They've played at The Knitting Factory
and Maxwells in New York and as far afield as Nashville, Tennessee
and Olympia. While in Chicago two members of the band recorded
a number of songs with punk legend Mark Perry under the watchful
eye of Steve Albini. The 1998 tour took them to Japan for
the first time, and in 1999 they completed their 1st World
Tour with shows in England, Scotland, Germany, Holland, U.S.,
Canada & Japan. A definite highlight of this tour was the
honour of playing at the 3rd Yoyo festival held in Olympia
(Washington State). 2000 - 2001 saw two more US tours (East
then West) and a swag of new releases including the exceptionally
well received 'Communicating at an unknown rate'.
The Cannanes with Steward ~ Sydney ~ April 2001
releases have achieved widespread airplay, particularly on
US College Radio hitting number one on numerous charts as
well as appearances in CMJs' top 100. They have rated extensive
mentions in SPIN Alternative Record Guide, Trouser Press Guide
to 90's Rock, Virgin Encyclopedia of Indie & New Wave, The
Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and in 1997 co-published with
Woozy magazine their own autobiography 'Baby Take a
Bow' in the UK.
the years the band has also contributed to literally dozens
of compilation projects released in many different countries.
Those they are most proud of are 'Fortune Cookie Prize'
(which raised more than US$ 15,000 for Sasha Bruce Youthworks
(a Washington DC homeless refuge) and more recently 'Indie
Aid Abroad: A Little Help for East Timor' (which raised
over AUD$3000 all of which went to aid projects).
recordings have included collaborations with New York based
loop Wizard Stephen Hermann (aka Explosion Robinson); and from Leeds England, Stewart
Anderson (aka Steward). As well as the new Small Batch EP released on 19th March 2013, Howling at all Hours LP & CD due for release on Australian label Chapter Records mid 2013; there is also work presently underway on two more album/EPs due 2013/2014 Nobody
Loves An Albatross and This Is What It Sounds Like + a 'Best of so far' Pillars
for posterity and other projects far too numerous to mention here.
For Individual Bios + photos of the current members go to PressKit_Photos and History_Part.1
more information on The Cannanes (than you can shake a stick
at!) use the navigation at top of page to take you through
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or call us on (03) 5441 3007 (within Australia) or +61
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Some Favourite Quotes
"It's nothing short of mesmerizing"
Stephen Haag reviewing Small Batch EP for PopMatters 3rd April 2013
"Featuring just six songs, it's a taste of why The Cannanes should be on everyone's play list."
Patrick Emery for Beat 2nd April 2013
"the Cannanes have returned and showed us why they deserve to be regarded as true innovators of indie pop"
Trevor Smith reviewing Small Batch EP for CMJ 20th March 2013
Marc Hogan Reviewing Small Batch EP on spin.com 09/01/13
"The Cannanes saved me from a lifetime of seeking approval off others."
Houseboy for Faster Louder April '05
"Now the bands bittersweet jangle comes with a cosmic hue"
Review of Trouble CD in Rolling Stone Feb '03
"the Cannanes latest album Trouble Seemed so far Away is one of the definitive musical highlights of 2002"
Meeshell Ho for Ozmusic project Nov '02
Cannanes can melt your heart with moonlit symphonies more
comforting than orchids and chenille"
Portland Mercury 26/7/01
"Their attraction undoubtedly lies in their Australian
identity, which often evokes the same mythmaking as Brisbane's
David Olivetti Rolling Stone April '01
"... a dream-pop manifesto, but has anyone ever
woken up from a dream as gorgeous as "You Name It"?"
Greil Marcus SALON 18/12/00
''Australia's secret pride, and the most casual indie-pop
VILLAGE VOICE October '00
''They have inspired more groups world-wide than you
and I have had hot dinners''
Shane O'Donohue INPRESS June '00
''The Cannanes are, without a doubt, Australia's best-kept
SF WEEKLY July '99
''gorgeous barbed pop songs that sound deceptively
smooth until you listen to the lyrics - 'castigations of dim
friends, clueless ex-lovers and technologically fostered isolation'.
It's like biting into a chocolate fudge cake and finding it
filled with tongue-blistering chilli''
Joanna Fag in BACK:BEAT June/July '99
''Each of this record's eleven tunes has a melody warm
enough to melt an iceberg and catchy enough to hook a school
of haddock with one cast.''
Bill Myer reviewing Arty Barbecue CD in INK BLOT '98
''It all adds up to another essential release from
one of the most criminally taken-for-granted bands of our
J Neo Marvin reviewing Arty Barbecue CD in PUNCTURE 42 July '98
''they've pre-empted every major music trend of
the past decade (ok, so they missed the boat on the manchester
thing...) AND done it with more guts and honour than anything
(h.) in c.e Xmas '97
''The fluid Australian combo is willfully amateurish
and occasionally a bit too cute for its own good, but the
utterly unpretentious purity of the band's output is hard
dss in TROUSER PRESS GUIDE TO 90's ROCK 5th ed. '97
''I'm, getting tired of telling folks over and over
again how the Cannanes' unlikely lyrics, quick-shuffle strumming,
offhandedly-original vocal melodies, and general endless-shoebox-of-pop
makes them Exhibit A among bands whose parlor-pop portable
simplicity hasn't prevented them from making very good music
for a very long thyme.''
Steve B in POPWATCH No.8 December '96
''I feel compelled to go out and gather their
rather extensive back catalogue. if only someone would give
me a list!''
Geoff Towner reviewing The Cannanes CD in DRUM MEDIA September '96
''to describe The Cannanes for you, in
a single image, would be this - James Joyce in exile from
his beloved homeland writing Ulysses on scraps of newspaper.''
Richard Vogt in OTS August '96
''Plaintive music about the limits of dreams,
the Cannanes are a Ken Loach movie for your ears''
Ann Powers VILLAGE VOICE March '96
''You'd be an idiot to miss this rare chance
to see the Cannanes, a group that practically embodies the
essence of truly independent truly personal music.''
Richard Salty TIME OFF 23/11/94
''you'd be hard pressed to find prettier songs
than 'Perfect Light' and 'Chosen One.''
Matt Hickey ALTERNATIVE PRESS Oct. '94
''tonight I was reminded what good pop songs should
Guy Blackman (live review) in SALTY & DELICIOUS Aug. '94
'International Pop Conquorors'
Lauren Z IN PRESS 15/6/94
''The Cannanes will always be one of my
favourite bands. Like, I never remember the fact , but each
time I hear them I just think, 'F***, I love this band''
Sarah Kestle (reviewing 'Witchety Pole CD') MELODY MAKER 18/9/93
''They are a bit quirky, a bit pop, a bit reflective,
and a bit jolly, but they are all class''
Michael Olliffe (live review) OTS 17/8/93
''Cannanes music, lies in the stylistic lucky-dip
somewhere between the Stooges & the Carpenters''
Kylie Burtland HONI SOIT 13/10/92
''The Last Of The Great Shamblers''
Everett True MELODY MAKER 8/10/88
''The Cannanes are pranksters of pop who poke their jests
at everyone including themselves''
Steven Cadbury RAM 21/1/88
''Kings of the do it now''
Simon Reynolds NME 3/1/87
"sound that is TIMELESS"
The Legend NME 11/4/87