So you wanna know a little bit more about the band that went to America and got L.A. buzzing with only one show at the ROXY? The band that won JJJ's Queensland Unearthed competition; the band that was hand-picked by Blondie to open for them on their Australian tour; the band that in 2006 not only netted a spot at Big Day Out but get to go back to the USA for a two month coast-to-coast tour AND play at SxSW? How many bands do you think that is?... Just ONE baby!! SHIFTER!!
Formed by harmony-obsessed singer/songwriter Michael Nason and drummer/singer Peter Robertson, the two school friends set about achieving their life long dream of screaming harmony over raw 'n' rowdy rock n roll. Bringing on board the talents of Joal Pascoe (lead guitar, vocals), and Danny Alder (bass, vocals); Shifter have been chalking up wins ever since.
In October 2002 the boys were awarded the 'Best Pop/Alternate/Rock Song' at the Queensland Recording Associations 'Sunnie Awards' for their first single 'Always'.
In 2003 Shifter were invited to perform at the International Pop Overthrow Festivals in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston, played the afore-mentioned Big Day Out and released their first album, WAKING UP LATE? 2003 and 2004 also saw the boys tour the East Coast of Australia many times, clocking up shows with local and international stars, including; Blondie, Grinspoon, The Living End, Eskimo Joe, Spiderbait, Shihad, Evermore, Motorace, By Divine Right, The Cops, Rocket Science, Dan Brodie, The Camels, Screamfeeder, The Anyones, The Pictures, The City Lights, Even, The Mess Hall, Intercooler, Starky, Icecream Hands...the list goes on
Early 2004 also saw Shifter performing at the 25th Australian Music Week Showcase in Melbourne before undertaking another East Coast tour in support of their debut album. Then, ZAP! BAM! KALAMAZOO!! The boys won JJJ's Unearthed competition, beating over 1500 other entries with their new single BUTTER! Before you could say ""Who is that band?"" they were all over the radio and the kids went nuts! The clip for BUTTER got played everywhere and was in the business end of JJJ's NET 50 for five weeks in a row. Their next clip for I'M GOING HOME is burning up TV as we speak (or you read).
2005 gave Shifter their biggest break yet. Having been given the nod by QMusic and A&R Worldwide the boys jetted over to Los Angeles to play one of the coveted showcase spots at MUSEXPO 2005 at the legendary ROXY nightclub. And whaddya know? The Americans flipped. Shifter signed up with Boo Management and haven't looked back.
Shifter's music/performances can be found on countless compilation CD's, (of course countless depends on how high you can count). You can hear tracks from their records at your local milk-bar or on the hit parade.
Shifter are under the influence of
The Sonics, The Rolling Stones, Supergrass, The Beatles, Silversun, Teenage Fanclub, Big Star and Weezer.
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