Better In The Dark is the third, much anticipated, album from Rogue Traders. Building on the foundations laid by their 4 x platinum second album, Here Come The Drums, this is a more exciting and adventurous record, encompassing big guitar riffs, orchestral arrangements, fast energetic punk, futuristic grooves and songs that are 'Kylie meets Trent Reznor on a good day!' Many of the tracks are built upon singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte's vampish onstage presence. Since the release of Here Come The Drums, Natalie has grown into a formidable performer and singer, enthralling and exhilarating fans at the bands live shows. Natalie became part of the songwriting process on Better In The Dark, writing on many of the songs with James and his wife Melinda.
With the release of Better In The Dark, Rogue Traders are aiming to build on the global success of Here Come The Drums. Released in 2005, Here Come The Drums sold 4 x platinum (300 000 copies) in Australia alone, and spent over 80 weeks in the ARIA top 100. The album scored Rogue Traders four ARIA Award nominations and spawned five top 10 airplay hits - 'Voodoo Child', 'Way To Go!', 'Watching You', 'We're Coming Home' and the APRA nominated 'In Love Again'. 'Voodoo Child' debuted at #3 on the UK charts, where it stayed for five weeks, and is currently building in momentum in the US.
We knew a song would somehow come along which would set the shape for the rest of the album. This was it. Steve who co-founded Rogue Traders with me, came up with the demo. Nat and I reworked it. I love its drive and fast punk energy. We wanted the music to do the hard work. Nat's voice glides over it, very sexy and loose. That's why it works so well.
It's an enticing song. It's teasing and tantalizing. It's so much fun to do onstage with such heavy drums and guitars.
Take a two-time ARIA award-winning outfit TV Rock and combine them with the uber-cool Indy rock outfit from Melbourne, Dukes Of Windsor, and what results is the most engaging and catchy tune for '07. One for the clubbers and for the rockers, "The Others" follows the biggest selling Australian single of 2006 "Flaunt It" which won two ARIAs, peaked at #1 on the ARIA charts and spent 22 weeks in the Top 10.
For the past 5 years TV ROCK have set the benchmark in Australia for dance music, selling over 250,000 singles and picking up 2 ARIA awards in the process. Their debut single "Flaunt It" spent the longest time in Australian chart history inside the top 10 beating Silverchair for the honour. Their singles have also appeared on over 2,000,000 compilations sold around the world. TV ROCK is made up by dance heavyweights Grant Smillie and Ivan Gough. One half of TV ROCK, Grant Smillie also is Co-Host of the highest rating dance show in Australia-'Overdrive' on the Nova network every Saturday night nationally alongside John Course. Grant is a Pioneer Pro DJ ambassador and has mixed CD's for Ministry Of Sound, Australian super club Onelove and now his own imprint Audio Riot. Grant was also the DJ of choice for Prince, Ferrari, Gucci, Australian Fashion Week, Kiss and many more. The other half of TV ROCK, Ivan Gough is not only one of Australia's most accomplished dance music exports, he's also one of its very first! Not only have Ivan's records graced the airwaves of Kiss90 London and the crates of Sasha and Oakenfold, but he also has more releases (and remixes) to his name than any other Australian.
Sneaky Sound System's Bondi based electro/pop has catapulted them from club and festival favourites to an omnipresent pop sensation taking on the world.
After meeting at a dodgy 'Cowboys and Indians' party in the spring of 2001, Black Angus and Double D started up a regular Sunday night at their mates fancy new club and the idea was simple: Black Angus jumps behind the decks, a few live musicians and the occasional guest DJ drop in while MC Double D does whatever the hell he wants on the microphone. Sneaky Sound System was born. Their mixed CD Other People's Music was released in 2003, and they quickly became everybody's favourite party starting posse…
In 2004, Black Angus and MC Double D started their own record label, Whack Recordings. After hooking up with recording engineer/producer Peter Dolso, they set up a studio in Bondi Beach. Enter Miss Connie. After meeting randomly in a central Sydney park, the boys invited Connie to come on down to the studio and the newly formed gang laid down the vocals for their hit song "I Love It". Now with super-hot, superlative defying vocalist on board, the rejuvenated Sneaky Sound System started recording.
A slick debut self-titled album emerged; an album that takes its influences from all over the shop…the world of P-funk, early eighties disco, The Cure, New Order, Human League, Prince, Kate Bush, The Cars, Eurythmics and more modern German electronic producers than you could poke a stick at. Think stiff beats, thick bass lines, lush melodies, haunting vocals, rolling guitar licks and urban tales of love and loss. It is part-melancholic beauty but for the most part, it's party mayhem.
The trio has enjoyed a phenomenally successful year; their self titled debut album has achieved double platinum sales and the now certified GOLD singles "UFO", "Pictures" and "I Love It" spent an inordinate amount of time in the ARIA Top 100. At one point the band achieved the incredible feat of having 4 singles in the Top 40. To add to this, "Pictures" came second in the International Song-writing Competition. "I Love It" broke the record for the longest charting single in the history of the ARIA Charts by spending 70 weeks in the ARIA Top 100 singles charts. The band also broke the record most nominations for an independent artist ever at the 2007 ARIA Awards where they took home 2 awards - Best Dance Release and Breakthrough Artist (Album). The Sydney trio also swept the Australian Independent Recording Awards, taking home trophies for Best Independent Single (UFO) and Best Independent Artist.
With sell out headline tours including their most recent all ages national arena tour and killer sets at festivals like Good Vibrations, Big Day Out & Splendour In The Grass and support slots with Robbie Williams, Jamiroquai and Scissor Sisters under their belt, Sneaky Sound System (together with their 6 piece band) have truly become one of the most captivating live acts of recent times.
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