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The ACCENT / Bio

The ACCENT was a little band I played bass and sang in during the early 1980's. The song Jimmy and The Retreads was originally written in 1977 for my previous band UKE. This newly recorded version (2011) is closer to how the ACCENT played it, and references the Easybeats, The Masters Apprentices and the Loved Ones.The song MODERN DAYS (2011)has been newly recorded, and was originally meant to have been our second single release, never mind that we didn't release the first one either. It's a cracker, and deserved life. The ACCENT formed in 1980. Like many bands of that era, we were significantly influenced by the Jam. Our first gig was at the legendary Sussex Hotel, spiritual home to Sydney's growing Mod Scene. We went on to play venues such as the Mosman Hotel, and the Civic, often playing support to Division 4, Fast Cars and the Turnaround. We played at The Uni of NSW Roundhouse. We even got paid (occasionally).The best gauge of success for me at that stage was seeing people getting up and dancing, and with exposure and the right mix of originals, contemporary Mod as well as 60's covers, we achieved this, even with our original numbers. It was great to be part of the scene, even if it was for only a relatively short time. We recorded these 3 songs at Ramrod Studios Artarmon, with members of TMG engineering and Nick Chance producing. The tape was played at the Alibi club, and other various venues. The original half inch 8 track tape recordings exist, I just couldn't find anyone in Sydney with a machine to play them, let alone restore them. What you hear has been rekindled and restored from a thirty year old cassette tape, which has been lying around the garage, with some enhancement and additional guitar parts to compensate for sound loss, frequency variation and tape stretching, and the fact that we squandered 1 day of studio time, and then broke up before we finished it off.

MODERN DAYS- 2011 version- All instruments/vocals/production- Pete Kowal

Quote- 'A three piece group fronted by a card-carrying, Lambretta riding Mod. As such they showed obvious Mod influences.' (Stark Raving Mod- 2010. Ariana Klepac and Winston Posters ed.) That'll do nicely! Pete.

Afraid of the Dark- Copyright 1981 Peter Kowal/Scott Ferguson

Who Are You Heroes- Copyright 1981 Peter Kowal

Train Commuter- Copyright 1980 Peter Kowal/Tony Ameneiro

Modern Days- Copyright 1981 and 2011 Peter Kowal.

Jimmy and The Retreads- Copyright 1977 & 2011 P. Kowal/W. Zubenko

General Info

Band Members
Pete Kowal- Bass, Vocals, Guitars; Mark Shumsky Guitar, Vocals: Philip Hrywka- Drums... The ACCENT 2011- Pete Kowal -all instuments/vocals/production
Artist Name
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Active Since
Pop / Mod / Powerpop

Contact Info

Sydney, NSW, AU

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