Shining Bird is an experimental pop band from the coastal town of Austinmer, NSW Australia.
Originally formed as a studio project in 2012, they released the 'Shade of the Sea' EP, followed by their debut album ‘Leisure Coast’ on Spunk Records in 2013. The album received widespread acclaim for its unique brand of layed-back Australian pop. On the back of strong reviews from publications such as Rolling Stone, Russh and the SMH, as well as earning Album of the Week on ABC’s Radio National, ‘Leisure Coast’ helped propel Shining Bird towards a new bunch of listeners.
Spunk launched the signing with a clip to first single ‘Distant Dreaming’ that was picked up by German channel Majestic Casual & has been viewed over 300k times online. The clip was also named Rage TV’s ‘Clip of the Week’.
Sydney’s FBi Radio listed ‘Distant Dreaming’ their third most played track of 2013.
After touring Australia extensively in their own right, Shining Bird have played alongside acts such as Kurt Vile, UMO, The Drones, Father John Misty, and appeared at numerous festivals including Secret Garden, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Music Week, Fairgrounds Festival, & Newtown Festival. The band’s live shows earned them a finalist nomination for ‘Best Live Act’ in FBi radio's SMAC Awards in 2014.
Throughout 2015 the band made regular trips to the Blue Mountains of NSW to write and record new material. Trekking to remote lookouts and watching Australian film fueled the creative process. After much anticipation by fans, they emerged with ‘Rivermouth’, "a track steeped in Australian bush and coastal imagery, that reflects a maturity of songwriting and production." The track is filled with layers of detail that offer a different journey on every listen.
Spunk released ‘Rivermouth’ as a single in September 2015. Since its release the single has been named best new music on Double J, and Vmusic, & achieved high rotation on radio stations FBi, and Double J. The filmclip, was named 'Clip of the week' on Rage TV & 'Rivermouth' was also awarded 'Song of the Year' at the FBi radio SMAC awards in 2016.
Shining Bird's sophomore album ‘Black Opal’ was released on October 7 through Spunk Records in Aus/NZ & Melodic in UK/Europe. Mixed by Russell Webster and Tim Whitten (The Go-Betweens, Hoodoo Gurus) it includes the SMAC award-winning ‘Rivermouth’, acclaimed single ‘Helluva Lot’, and a collaborative effort with didjeridoo player Charlie McMahon (Gondwanaland) to name a few. The album art was painted by Australian artist Luke Sciberras.
Since its release Black Opal has received glowing responses across the board. Including 4.5 stars from Rolling Stone & Xpress Mag, 4 stars from Brag & Beat Magazines, and a number of Best New Music listings. Rolling Stone called it "Almost Flawless" & The Music said "This is a band that deserves to happen"
The band have recently completed a national album tour which took them to remote central Australia and capital cities. After playing to significantly larger audiences this time round (including a number of sold out shows) the fellas were nominated for 'Best Live Act' at the National Live Music Awards, & won both 'Album of the Year' + 'Song of the Year' at the FBi Radio SMAC Awards 2016. Happy Music said "Shining Bird are one of the finest band’s in the country."
Shining Bird have just been announced for Panama Festival Tasmania in March 2017 alongside Kurt Vile, Julia Jacklin, Big Scary, D.D Dumbo.
Dane Taylor / Vocals, Guitars
Russell Webster / Keyboards, Electronics
Alastair Webster / Lead Guitar
Nathan Stratton / Bass
Ricci Quirke / Drums
James Kates / Percussion
Michael Slater / Sax