‘The Subterraneans’ are probably one of the hardest working all originals performing, instrumental bands in Australia. Since it’s inception in 2008 the group has managed to present it’s brand of instrumental/rock/funk/reggae in both festivals (Valley Jazz Festival, Brisbane 2009 and The Jazzgroove Summer Festival 2010) and hold residencies at iconic Sydney rock venues The Town Hall Hotel, Newtown and The Empire Hotel, Leichhardt.
In 2011 ‘The Subterraneans’ debut self titled release won the Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Award for best ‘Jazz Blend’ album. As well as continuing to hold bi monthly residencies at The Town Hall Hotel, Newtown the group now regularly performs at The Macquarie Hotel and headlines at The Basement, Sydney.
Through their original blend of Rock, Funk, Reggae, Jazz and everything in between the group has developed a huge and varied fan base made up of fans with various musical tastes with ages ranging from teenagers to pensioners. All this in 3 short years!
‘Wicked funk, pile-driving rock or loping reggae underpin their lucid or sinuous melodies’
John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
‘The Subterraneans will almost certainly demand a re-think of how many people considered the music once called ‘fusion’.’
Peter Wockner, Limelight Sep 2010
The band is one of Sydney’s strongest live acts, and this brilliant studio debut catches all that excitement, and delivers it with a mighty sonic punch.’
John Shand SMH June 2010
‘Effects from Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin and others are utilised inventively but the album is no mere exercise in sampling: it’s a highly original collection amalgamating rock influences into contemporary jazz expression.’
- John McBeath The Australian