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Transvaal Diamond Syndicate
Transvaal Diamond Syndicate (TDS) are the manufacturers of some of Australia's finest foot-stompin' swamp and dirty blues/rock.
"Great guitar riffs with cool and clear lyrics. Bound to get the speakers rattling." Sydney Daily Telegraph
"Fans of Clutch and Ash Grunwald need to sit up and take notice now!
5 STARS" Zoo Weekly
AS FEATURED ON TRIPLE J RADIO
PERFORMED AT 2011 BYRON BLUESFEST
July 2009 saw the beginning of a rapid upwards journey for Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, almost immediately garnering attention for their raw, energetic, exciting and often primeval live shows. Since then, the TDS have only gone from strength to strength, gathering fans left and right from constant touring and performing and engaging with fans through their strong online presence (e.g YouTube - Tuesday Tinnies with TDS).
Now it seems all the hard work is paying off - Transvaal Diamond Syndicate's 2011 was shaped by their inclusion on Australia's premier Festival, Byron Bay Bluesfest, alongside international acts such as Bob Dylan, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Ben Harper as well as the signing of a record deal with Starving Kids Records/MGM for their latest release.
TDS are currently touring to promote ‘Sins of the Blessed’, a brand new 7 track mini-album showcasing the band’s diversity as it moves and swells through straight blues progressions into half-time rock and rockabilly into stoner groove and dark roots balladry.
The 3 single releases thus far have fared well in the market with lead track ‘Devil on My Shoulder’ and straight-blues’ ‘Ol’ Carolina’ receiving Triple J Radio play, along with stoner-anthem ‘I’m Your Ticket’ gaining the # 6 'Hottest Track of 2011' (4ZzZ Radio Brisbane) and ‘top 10 most-requested track on Community Radio’ status in September (AMRAP). 'Devil on My Shoulder' was also featured on the 2011 Brisbane Sounds Compilation. The album’s shaping up to be a cracker and was released NATIONWIDE through MGM Distribution, Starving Kids Records and JBHiFi in late 2011. Head into your local JB’s to grab yourself a copy.
“This Brisbane band has the season’s soundtrack ready and waiting... blistering stuff – 4 stars.” Courier Mail
Their live show reputation, full of sweaty machismo, catchy hooks, foot-stompin' beats and tribal expression, has grabbed them support slots including Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca, The Snowdroppers, The Fumes, Elliot Brood (Canada), Marshall and the Fro and The Beards. It has also seen them headline over 50 venues around the country.
The September 2010 EP release, Diamonds and Dust also performed well, with track 1 Behind That Smile awarded a 2010 Q-Song Highly Commended spot in the Blues and Roots category whilst track 4 Home was the number 1 song in 4ZzZ's Hot 100 songs of 2010 and won the Qld Blues Awards 'Song of the Year'. Home was also in the top 20 purchased singles in the week it was released on iTunes Australia (Blues genre) and has been used in a range of international synch opportunities. TDS also nabbed a top 40 slot in the AMRAP charts for Artists most played on Australian Community Radio in 2010, with Home and Behind That Smile both being in the top 10 overall in numerous weeks in late 2010. They now feature regularly on a large number of radio stations across the country.
On the cards for 2012 is a mammoth tour taking in some 60+ dates over 3 months. The tour will promote the latest single release 'Pistols at Dawn' and will stretch from Cairns all the way deep down to Tasmania. Add to this 2 filmclip releases, 3 confirmed festivals and a new web-show and you'll realise the boys are keeping busy.
"This is new school blues that is as exciting as it is electric and yet another shining example of the deep and creative roots scene Australia is privy to enjoy." Time Off
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