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MY DISCO
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresIndustrial, post-punk, minimalist,
Years active2003–present
LabelsDownwards
Temporary Residence Limited
MembersRohan Rebeiro
Liam Andrews
Ben Andrews

MY DISCO (stylised in capitals) is an Australian music group formed in 2003. It contains members of Agents of Abhorrence[1] and Clann Zú.[2]

Background

MY DISCO was formed in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, by brothers Ben and Liam Andrews (both originally from London) and Rohan Rebeiro. They took their name from a song by Big Black.[3]

Based between London and Melbourne since 2010, their first public appearance was performed at The Good Morning Captain, a cafe and performance space in Collingwood, a suburb of Melbourne. MY DISCO became known for their use of unconventional venues, having organised performances on side-walks, in galleries, and warehouses alike.

The band founded their own record label, Crashing Jets, to release their own music.[4] Following a limited cassette release, the band released a 7'', Collapse of an Erratic Lung (November 2003), and a 10'', Language of Numbers (September 2004, also available as a CD), both on Crashing Jets.[5]

November 2003 marked their first Australian tour. The band soon became renowned for their arduous tour ethic, demonstrated in extensive tours of remote areas of Australia and Southeast Asia.

After a hiatus due to Liam Andrews' diagnosis of Hodgkin's Disease, their debut album Cancer was released in 2006.[6] They toured the album to the United States, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, as well as appearing at the Meredith Music Festival in Victoria.

In October 2007, the band recorded their second album, entitled Paradise, at Electrical Audio with Steve Albini of Shellac. An extensive world tour in support of the album followed, including a performance at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

In 2010, the band signed to the New York record label, Temporary Residence Limited and released their third album, Little Joy. Recording started in March 2010 at Electrical Audio with once again Steve Albini as engineer. The album received the Australian Independent Record (AIR) Award for 'Best Hard Rock or Punk Album' in 2011.

In 2015, MY DISCO released their fourth studio album, entitled Severe. It was their first studio album to be recorded with film composer Cornel Wilzcek at Electric Dreams Studio in Melbourne, Australia. Severe captures the subtleness and high concentration levels of MY DISCO's renowned minimalist approach to dark and heavy instrumentation.[citation needed] Previously known for their stark and consistent rhythmic structures, Severe takes on a new approach of aggravated tonal darkness, exploring a heavily effected and extremely dynamic writing style.[citation needed] Severe was nominated and shortlisted into the final for the AMP Australian Music Prize.[citation needed]

Following the release of Severe, the band released a Remix 12-inch on Karl O'Connor's label Downwards Records featuring Regis and Lustmord reworking the tracks 1991 and Our Decade.

In 2018, MY DISCO recorded their 5th studio album with Boris Wilsdorf at Einstürzende Neubauten's studio andereBaustelle in Berlin. Their most uncompromising recording to date, the album was released through Downwards Records. Written over a two-week period during Berlin winter 2018, the band decided to let their surroundings shape the sound of their new material. Recorded in a place that has seen Einstürzende Neubauten, Keiji Heino and Pan Sonic pen works, the band became immersed within the confines of the space and immediate surroundings and set to create a record that has become a dark and intense departure from their previous releases.

Following the release of Environment, the band were invited to perform at the 2019 Berlin Atonal at the historic Kraftwerk Berlin.

Members

Discography

Studio albums

Singles and EPs

Live albums

Awards and nominations

Spirit of Youth Award

The Qantas Spirit of Youth Award is an annual award recognizing young Australians in recognition of one of 11 creative pursuits. It comes with $5,000 cash, $5,000 worth of air travel, and a 12-month mentorship opportunity with an experienced member of their professional field.[7] My Disco won in the music category in 2008, beating out Catcall and Cloud Control.[8] The mentor with whom they were given the opportunity to work was producer Scott Horscroft (Silverchair, The Panics).[9]

Australian Music Prize

The Australian Music Prize (the AMP) is an annual award of $30,000 given to an Australian band or solo artist in recognition of the merit of an album released during the year of award. The commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015[10] Severe Australian Music Prize Nominated

References

  1. ^ Nandi, Kunal (2 January 2008). "Agents of Abhorrence - Earth Water Sun Review". Collective Zine. Retrieved 21 March 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "My Disco Artist Profile". AAE Music. Retrieved 21 March 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Sinhababu, Robin (6 April 2009). "Liam Andrews of My Disco". QRO Magazine. Retrieved 23 March 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ McFarlane, Thomas (30 November 2004). "Underground Lovers". Noisey. Vice Media. Retrieved 22 March 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Artists". Crashing Jets. Archived from the original on 5 April 2005. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  6. ^ Leivers, Dannii (11 March 2011). "My Disco Little Joy". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 22 March 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Qantas celebrates the Spirit of Youth Awards". Spice News. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  8. ^ "My Disco, Catcall and Cloud Control named as SOYA 2008 finalists". Polaroids of Androids. 28 October 2008. Archived from the original on 23 November 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  9. ^ "My Disco win SOYA award". Polaroids of Androids. 13 November 2008. Archived from the original on 23 November 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Courtney Barnett Has Taken Out The Australian Music Prize For 2015 – Music Feeds". 9 March 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.