Known for their frantic and energetic live shows as much as their infectious recorded output The Naysayers came to life in 2011 in Melbourne from the members’ shared love of garage rock, melody and psychedelia.
The group was founded by Gordon Holland (guitar/vocals) and Nathaniel Parbery (bass/vocals) in Perth with the aim to explore the rich musical landscape of 60’s garage and beyond as an ego-free collaborative with nothing off limits. Soon relocating to their current base of Melbourne, the two became three after a chance meeting with the ramshackle nomad known as Harrie Kingston (guitar/vocals). Later they found their drumming equal with the explosive Jakk Burgess (drums/percussion).
Previously, the release of their 2016 single ‘I Hate Your Band’ saw them travelling nationwide on the I Hate Your Summer tour. This was followed by widespread airplay on community radio stations across the country, including rotation on national digital radio station Triple J Unearthed. Impressing garage rock aficionados in Australia and beyond, the single offered an early glimpse of what would become The Naysayers debut album. The year also saw them playing to a sold out crowd at the Kennedys Creek Festival – sharing the stage with Cosmic Psychos and Alex Lahey amongst others.
The group’s prior release Passing By received much praise, with the tastemakers at Tone Deaf proclaiming the song as “everything that’s so great about local garage rock right now”. Accompanying the single was a highly ambitious music video which boasted a new standard of quality and artistry for the group, with animations provided by The Naysayers’ Harrie Kingston and Canberra based visual artist Danny Wild, and filming and editing by videographer Ben Davies (Monuments, Twelve Foot Ninja, Dead Letter Circus, The Red Paintings).
The band’s 2014 single Fools Gold Rush hinted at the rise which was to come, kicking some serious goals. The track was featured on AirIt’s Top 10 Most Ordered For Airplay. The group also scored gold when the single was selected by British Vogue to accompany their December 2014 campaign The Shooting Party which included the likes of Cara Delevigne (world famous), Tim Walker (world famous) and Kate Moss (also world famous).
The Naysayers have a huge 2018 planned with the independent release of their debut album Hellfire Sing Sing scheduled for January.
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