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Over a career spanning 15 years that shows no signs of letting up, Brisbane based songwriter Sabrina Lawrie has forged a reputation as a powerful, energetic vocalist and charismatic live performer.
Lawrie burst onto the scene in 1996 with her first band, Sabadah, before imprinting herself on the Brisbane live music map as the lead vocalist/guitarist of the resident band TONGUE of then cult venue The Indie Temple.
The band’s single ‘Don’t Wanna Work Today’ received strong support on local radio stations Triple J and Triple M while the accompanying film clip, shot live at The Tivoli in Brisbane, gained attention on Rage, Channel V, MTV and Video Hits.
Lawrie spent five years with Tongue before moving onto a third band, Level Seven, in 2003. While she wrote over 25 songs in her time with the group, nothing was formally released.
When the opportunity to join up with LITTLE VEGAS AND THE FUZZ PARADE emerged in 2006, Lawrie jumped at the chance and was rewarded. Her punky, no-nonsense vocals fused perfectly with Little Vegas’s garage-rock style and the band enjoyed much exposure and success in Australia.
They won the 2007 WOTNEXT People’s Choice award and the Valley Fiesta’s 2008 Emerging Artist prize, paving the way for the recording of a three-track EP with cult producer Skritch. The EP featured the song ‘Gifthorse’ which scored at #7 on 4ZZZ’s iconic Hot 100 list in 2008.
The Fuzz Parade proved to be prolific live performers, playing hundreds of shows in Brisbane and Sydney and supporting The Mess Hall, Giants of Science, Screamfeeder and The Spazzys as well as a host of others.
The recording of a second single entitled ‘Only Say It Once’, with Darek Mudge at The Shed proved to be Lawrie’s final contribution to The Fuzz Parade and the band went their separate ways on good terms in 2009.
Her recent forays into the solo world have seen Lawrie take a glorious step forward from her garage-punk past to channel her explosive voice into a new sound, winding through mystery-infused rock-fueled jams to scale some truly remarkable vocal peaks.
Her backing band, ‘The Hunting Party’ is a revolving cast of musicians. Members have included Skritch (Drums with Mick Harvey, Tex Perkins Dark Horses), Andrew Davis (Drums with The Red Paintings, Tongue), Andy Buchanan (Bass with HITS, New Jack Rubys, Los Huevos), Steve Palmer (Guitarist with Los Huevos, New Jack Rubys), Will O’Brien (Little Vegas and the Fuzz Parade, Los Huevos, Some Jerks), Jeff Hahn (Drums with Los Huevos), Sue Ray (Bass, Harmonica), Pete O’Brien (Bass with Little Vegas and the Fuzz Parade) and many more.
It has been an ambitious but assured step, provoking a fresh wave of live shows and new-found local interest. Not surprisingly, the release of new single ‘Another Language’ in December 2011 as well as an accompanying full-length player, set to go public in early 2012, is highly anticipated.