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Infusion were an Australian electronica band, originally from Wollongong which formed in 1995. They are best known for their ARIA Music Award winning song "Girls Can Be Cruel" and Six Feet Above Yesterday.

Infusion in Melbourne in 2007
Background information
OriginWollongong, New South Wales, Australia
GenresElectronica, electronic rock, alternative dance, house
Years active1995 (1995)–2013 (2013)
Past membersManuel Sharrad
Jamie Stevens
Frank Xavier
Ben Askins


1995-2002: Early Days and Phrases and NumbersEdit

Infusion founding members, Jamie Stevens and Manuel Sharrad, met in 1988 at a local high school in Wollongong. Frank Xavier also hails from Wollongong, although he did not meet the other two until they had relocated to Sydney.

In 1995, Infusion released their debut single "Smokescreen / Lux" on the Dance Pool label while primarily remixing other artists' tracks.

In 1999, he band signed with Thunk Records, an underground electronic label[1] and released their debut studio album, Phrases and Numbers, in 2000. The trio's music evolved from the rave and club scene, widening in scope to include traditional pop song structures.

Andrew Wowk from In the Mix said the release of "Spike" was "the turning point in their career" saying "the track perfectly encapsulated the group's reinvention of their sound into an unstoppable behemoth of dark, throbbing, techy filth, which came as a fresh, subtle alternative to the over-saturation of floaty, uplifting progressive house of the time."[2]

2003-2013: Six Feet Above Yesterday, All Night Sun Light and splitEdit

In October 2003, the group had relocated to Melbourne and signed with Sony BMG..[3] In April 2004, Infusion released the single "Girls Can Be Cruel", which received airplay on Australia's alternative music radio station, Triple J. The song won the ARIA Award for Best Dance Release at the ARIA Music Awards of 2004. The band released Six Feet Above Yesterday in 2004, which won the Best Dance Release at the ARIA Music Awards of 2005. "Better World" and "Natural" were charting singles from the album.

Infusion's album All Night Sun Light was released on 7 July 2009 on their own independent label Futuresque. Infusion performed their last show with Leftfield at the Enmore Theatre in 2013.

Post InfusionEdit

Xavier produces records under the pseudonym Francis Xavier on Australian label Motorik!, and is a member of their rotating deejay collective, The Motorik Vibe Council, alongside members of The Lost Valentinos, The Bang Gang Deejays and Dreems, in addition to production credits on a plethora of tracks including Flight Facilities' debut "Crave You".

Jamie Stevens has released solo under his own name on a large variety of record labels.



List of albums
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Phrases and Numbers
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: Thunk (TR016CD)
  • Format: CD
Six Feet Above Yesterday
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Sony BMG (82876650702)
  • Format: CD
All Night Sun Light
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Futureque Records (FUT0001)
  • Format: CD


List of singles
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Smokescreen / Lux" 1995 - non-album single
"Green" 1996 - non-album single
"Flinch" 1999 - non-album single
"Spike" 2001 - Phrases and Numbers
"Legacy" -
"Starwater (It's Alright)" 2002 -
"Dead Souls / Troika" 2003 - non-album single
"Girls Can Be Cruel" 2004 52 Six Feet Above Yesterday
"Better World" 94
"The Careless Kind" 2005 -
"Natural" 51
"Dog Town" 2008 - All Night Sun Light
"So Soon" 2009 -
"Try It On" -
"Gotta Leave Now" 2010 -
"2-Player Game" 2011 -
"Love & Imitation" - Six Feet Above Yesterday


ARIA Music AwardsEdit

Infusion have won two ARIA Music Awards from two nominations.[5]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2004 "Girls Can Be Cruel" Best Dance Release Won
2005 Six Feet Above Yesterday Best Dance Release Won


  1. ^ jayblue (29 September 2000). "Infusion – The Wollongong Connection". In the Mix. Archived from the original on 17 June 2003. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  2. ^ "The 100 Greatest Australian Dance Tracks of All Time". 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  3. ^ Cashmere, Paul (22 January 2004). "Infusion to play Big Day Out". Undercover. National Library of Australia. Paul Cashmere, Ros O'Gorman. Archived from the original on 29 March 2004. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 137.
  5. ^ "ARIA Awards: Search results for 'Infusion'". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 7 July 2015.

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