Top 5 Blues and Roots Artists 2013 - MUSICOZ Australian Independent Music Awards
The Urban Chiefs are one of the hardest working roots rock bands in OZ. Lovers of psychedelic, blues slide guitar, insane percussive grooves, whisky sour vocals and powerhouse soul mama backing will love these guys!
"Rise Above, a cracking slab of psyche-blues."
- SAMUEL J FELL. RHYTHMS MAGAZINE
‘The Chiefs’ have recently become a trio adding the soulful vocals of Roshani. The newly formed three piece are excited for what the future holds for them after such a successful month long tour of QLD. The ease of which the show came together and also the audience participation are great indicators of what’s to come.
“I was blown away when I saw them perform and I thought to
myself, I want to be apart of that energy!”
The Urban Chiefs recorded their third studio album at Damien Gerard Studios Balmain at the end of 2013. Returning to work with industry veteran engineer/producer Russel Pilling (The Church, Hoodoo Gurus, The Vines) for a second time, Blake and Glendon have established their identity and found their voice, with this new record, ‘Rise Above’. This is a musician’s album and the musicians are technicians, craftsman with their instruments. The first single ‘The Game’ was released digitally through MGM Distribution. ‘Rise Above’ was released at the Adelaide Fringe in February 2014.
No strangers to the road and with over 400 shows under their belt since 2010. 2012/13 saw them hit the road on a six month long national tour, promoting their first record City of Light, recorded in 2012. After clocking up over 30,000km’s and covering six states they were invited to play the 2013 Bluesfest busking stage in Byron Bay, wowing the well seasoned audience with their energy packed show.
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*2014 - Single ‘Gotta Rise’ Aired on Triple J’s Roots ‘n’ All show
*2014 - Film Clip for 'Gotta Rise' Aired on Rage
*2014 - Single 'Shot Glass Blues' Aired on Double J by Miff Warhurst
*2013 - Top 5 Blues and Roots Artists at the Australian Independent Music Awards
*2013 - latest single, Shot Glass Blues, added to ABC Dig Music playlist
* 2012 - City of Light debuted at #18 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts
* 2010-2012- several entries in the Top 10 charts on triple j unearthed (national & roots charts)
Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013
Adelaide Fringe x 2 2013/2014
Cairns Blues Festival 2013
Sydney Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival x 4 2011-2014
Agnes Waters Blues & Roots Festival 2014
Aireys Inlet Festival 2013
Tamworth Music Festival x 5 2010-2014
Newcastle Blues by the Beach 2014
Nundle Rocks Festival 16th-24th JAN 2015
Mojo Burning Festival 21st MAR 2015
1770 Festival 27th-29th NOV 2015