The Audreys are a triple ARIA Award-winning Australian blues/roots band who formed in Adelaide, South Australia in 2004. Their fourth studio album, 'Til My Tears Roll Away, was released in March 2014.
|Origin||Adelaide, South Australia, Australia|
|Genres||Blues & Roots|
The precursor to The Audreys started in Melbourne as a duo consisting of lead singer Taasha Coates and guitarist Tristan Goodall. After dropping out of university in Adelaide, the two moved to Melbourne where they played original pop songs and slowed-down versions of 1980s songs. An impromptu jam session with a bluegrass band inspired them to change direction from pop music to the folk and blues music they preferred, and the two moved back to Adelaide, where they formed The Audreys along with Cameron Goodall and Michael Green.
The band's debut album Between Last Night And Us was released in February 2006, and featured the singles "Oh Honey", "You & Steve McQueen", "Banjo & Violin" and "Don't Change". Between Last Night And Us won the 2006 ARIA award for Best Blues & Roots Album, and its songs were used as the soundtrack for the 2007 ABC TV series, Rain Shadow. Their second album, When the Flood Comes, was released in April 2008, and won the ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album in 2008. The album featured the single "Paradise City". Tracks "Small Things" and "Lay Me Down" have been included on movie and television program soundtracks both in Australia and the USA. "Small Things" was used as soundtrack music in the November 2010 episode of Neighbours, when Steph Scully was sentenced to 6 years in jail for the death of Ringo Brown.
The band have appeared at Australian festivals such as A Day on the Green, Woodford Folk Festival, Red Hill Harvest Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, The Great Escape, The East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival, Southbound, Mossvale Music Festival, Great Southern Blues & Rockabilly Festival, The Falls Festival and the Adelaide leg of the Big Day Out in 2007. They have also toured overseas, including shows in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Russia.
In late 2010 The Audreys released their third album Sometimes The Stars, which debuted at #28 on the ARIA charts and won the ARIA award for Best Blues and Roots Album in 2011. A who’s who of Australian musicians contributed to the making of Sometimes The Stars, including Tim Rogers, jazz pianist Paul Grabowsky, members of Tripod, and Michael Barker of the John Butler Trio. The duo once again worked under the guidance of producer, engineer and friend Shane O'Mara. Following the release of the album, The Audreys toured throughout Australia in October, November and December 2010.
In 2016, Taasha Coates released her first solo record Taasha Coates and her Melancholy Sweethearts through ABC Music and produced by fellow Australian, producer Shane Nicholson. The first single and video for the album was "This House Is Gonna Burn", a song about domestic violence. Overall the record has a harder edge than most of the material Taasha penned in her band The Audreys, though the artistic and thematic through lines are quite clear. Songs from the album are featured prominently in the ABC miniseries Pulse.
In 2017 Taasha married Ray Flowers, whom she met while attending the Americana Music Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in 2016. They now live in Adelaide, Australia. Tristan resides in Melbourne, and The Audreys still play often around Australia. Tristan and Taasha plan to release a new Audreys album in 2018.
The band members are:
- Taasha Coates - vocals, keys, melodica, harmonica, ukulele
- Tristan Goodall - Acoustic and electric guitars, banjo
Current touring members:
- Between Last Night And Us (2006) AUS Certified Gold
- When the Flood Comes (2008) AUS #20
- Sometimes the Stars (2010) AUS #28
- Collected (2012) 3-CD Box Set
- Til My Tears Roll Away (2014)
- You and Steve McQueen (2005)
- Monsters (2014)
- "Oh Honey"
- "You and Steve McQueen"
- "Banjo and Violin"
- "Don't Change"
- "Paradise City"
- "Troubles Somehow"
- "Sometimes The Stars"
- "Train Wreck Blues"
- "My Darlin' Girl"
- "Baby, Are You There?"
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