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Tom Murphy began The Bloodpoets in Germany, after writing songs and busking on the streets of Erlangen, a sleepy quiet town 30 minutes from Nuremberg. Within a year in Erlangen and a growing collection of original songs mounting, Tom went to a house party in which a strange man with no connection handed him a right handed guitar. Tom of course being left handed flipped it over, and reluctantly played the new song he was writing. This man was young up and coming producer Fabian Strangl, who was a new engineer at Paperplane Records. Fabian organized an audition the next day for Tom and that afternoon a schedule had been set to record Tom’s new music.
Within 3 weeks of that schedule, ‘Fire In Erlangen’ had been written and recorded set to be released to the German market, which Tom toured acoustically around Europe before booking a flight heading back to Tom’s homeland to unleash on the Australian audience.
Back in Australia, The Bloodpoets released their debut EP in 2006 to rave reviews. Time Off called the EP “Glorious” giving it 4/5, with Tsunami Magazine giving it 8/10.
The success of ‘Fire In Erlangen’ saw The Bloodpoets become a staple to the Brisbane music scene, performing on the mainstage at the Turbot Street Party and at the Valley Fiesta. Following this success, the band continued heavy touring in Australia to greater acclaim.
Fast forward 3 years later, The Bloodpoets released ‘Borderline’ as a single from their debut album ‘Polarity’ immediate responses came from Triple J Unearthed seeing them being featured artists 2 months consecutively, and receiving a large circulation of play over the summer of 2008/2009. Richard Kingsmill (Triple J Music Director) was quoted as saying the ‘Borderline’ single was “Catchy and a brain sticker for sure.” From the large volume of Triple J airplay, The Bloodpoets were named as one of the hot bands in Australia by Radar Radio and Channel V which saw them play relentless amounts of shows with Australia’s biggest name bands. Additionally, Triple M radio added “Borderline” to numerous shows.
To seal this success off, the band were then picked up by Channel V and “Borderline” was the most requested song on Channel V online for 2 weeks running. On top of this, Tsunami Magazine recently gave ‘Borderline’ a review of 9/10 “Latest single from Brisbane’s own power-pop group is certainly a keeper. Borderline, leaves you not only wanting to sing along to the chorus, but also squeal along with the verses whilst playing feverish air guitar during the instrumental sections – it’s just so damn catchy.”
The success of other songs on the album followed soon after “Borderline”s success, with “My Paradise” being synced with Top Rating show “Bondi Rescue” on Episode 12, and their second single “Just In Time” being added to both Triple J and Triple M once again.
From this point, the band took “Borderline” internationally receiving airplay on Oz shows across America, Germany and Canada. Most notably was the addition of Borderline on Zone FM, listing the band as the hot find of the week on their website. After the major success on radio and television that has seen their second single already picked up by Triple J and will begin their second album with ARIA award winning producer Magoo in 2010. Lead single “Dance” will be released midyear.