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The Dark Ales

Rank #219 AU Melbourne, VIC, AU Rock / Indie Rock / Progressive Rock


  • Matt Ellis Vocals
  • Sam Ellis Organ
  • Richard Grace Bass
  • Dave McDonald Drums
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Sounds Like: Something For Kate, Neil Young, Tool, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys

Label: Independent

Manager: Matt Ellis

Bio: The Dark Ales are an indie/alternative rock band founded by singer-songwriter Matt Ellis, one-time lead guitarist for queen of Aussie pop-rock Monique Brumby. Equally referencing vintage rock, post-grunge and the psychedelic era, they blend blues, soul, rock and prog into sinister but beguiling m... See Full Bio

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Twitter_icon_for_status: Well we always wanted to play a winery show, as it seems like all the touring artists are doing it... So as luck... http://t.co/nm2v8HVZjA


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Holding Patterns film clip ...
Nov 30, 2013
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Mar 25, 2013
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  • Everything (And Nothing) Released on Feb 1, 2014
  • Holding Patterns Released on Dec 19, 2013
  • Edges of the Day Released on Jun 23, 2012


  • Sat

    Sep 13

    Fitzroy, VIC, AU | 8:00pm

    Fitzroy, VIC, AU
    Sat Sep 13 8:00pm
  • Sun

    Aug 17

    Frankston, VIC, AU | 12:00pm

    Frankston, VIC, AU
    Sun Aug 17 12:00pm


    The Dark Ales are emerging from their Winter hibernation to rock the airwaves of RPPFM - Voice of the Peninsula in Mornington on August 17th as part of their Sunday Sessions. Hosted by Mark Mayle, we will be playing two live sets and having a chat to Mark about Guitar Solos, Beer, Rock, Guitar Solos and Other Stuff. They have a live studio with space for 30 people, and we'd frickin love it if some crew showed up to help us get some energy going and to make the sound of raucous applause in the background... It's free to attend, and you get to whoop and holler on radio, and see our first ever live broadcast - to a potential audience of 350,000! We encourage you to arrange car pooling, and if you live on the Peninsula, no excuses ;) P.S. Obviously tune into 98.7FM if you can't make it down!

  • Sun

    Aug 10

    Carlton, VIC, AU | 7:00pm

    Carlton, VIC, AU
    Sun Aug 10 7:00pm
  • 2014

    May 8

    Fitzroy, VIC, AU | 8:30pm
    Bar Open
    Fitzroy, VIC, AU
    Thu May 08 8:30pm
  • 2014

    Apr 12

    Brunswick, VIC, AU | 8:00pm

    Brunswick, VIC, AU
    Sat Apr 12 8:00pm
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    Inspired songwriting and musical execution!! Already back for seconds and loving what I hear!! Drop by my page when you get a chance to say hi, listen to a song, and share th...
  • FAUST (Artist) FAUST
    Thanks for the support! Aleister / FAUST www.deathmetal.it
  • MikeWhitePresents (Artist) MikeWhitePresents
    Cheers guys..mine's a Newcastle Brown! Now, onto the tunes...very freakin good!! Totally loving that malevolent carnival-like organ creeping through "holding patterns"..that...
    Wonderful work guys. Top notch song writing and musicianship. Love 'Everything..'. Beautiful track. W&W
  • MR SLIC (Artist) MR SLIC
    awesome music fantastic guitar play..... stopping thru to show some LUV to the movement 1LUV ~SLIC~
  • Sick Bird (Artist) Sick Bird
    Great music u have here!! Check me out when u have time: http://sickbirdmusic.com
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