Heading Back to You
INVENTIVE ROCK WITH PERSONALITY 'The tracks have a sound that is quirky and full of vibe. The songs are designed with a sense of danger in that the melodies aren't so obvious and easy to follow (initially). That's part of the fun. I like the musical word puzzle created. The cool thing is the music is very modern while avoiding the trappings of formula-driven writing recipes listeners have grown accustomed to. The concept achieves a balance of blending interesting challenging lines while working within the rock model - a cool mix.' TAXI USA - MAY 2008 (TAXI - THE WORLD'S LEADING INDEPENDENT A & R COMPANY) ----------------------------------------------------------- Once upon a time, the song was king. It ruled the airwaves and inspired a legion of avid listeners and music fans. Imagine you could fuse the driving force of power pop, great melodies and singer songwriter musings delivered with a punk urgency. Throw them in the oven and cook slowly. You might also sprinkle some Beatlesque turns and some unusual chord arrangements to create a musical tension that occurs when certain soundwaves collide. Victor Stranges grew up in a city in industrial Melbourne (Australia) and as a teenager in the 1980s, he played in underground punk group, Drunk 'n' Disorderly. This Clash/Stiff Little Fingers infused experience was a common one for Melbourne bands at the time; loud music, beer, violence and, er...more beer. Some fourteen people hospitalised from one show alone. Billed with other acts at the time including Weddings Parties Anything, The Johnnys, Celibate Rifles and Bastard Squad, the band gained a reputation for drawing a loyal and enthusiastic following. The punk movement was the catalyst for an interesting musical direction and drawing from such great writers as Strummer/Jones, Elvis Costello and Ray Davies, Victor embarked on a journey of thumbing through the songbooks of the great writers. He played in several Australian groups including Caravan and more recently, Victor Stranges & the Methinks. Their album, "Heading Back To You" (2002), was recorded at Lo Ricco Sound Studios (Melbourne) and features Michael Stranges on bass/guitar (Ripe, Kim Salmon, Morning After Girls), Darren Aquilina on drums (Dada, Klown) and David Milne on keyboards (Red Ant, Ice Cream Hands). As songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer on his recordings, Victor has followed an artistic vision and produced music that has been spinning around in his head for years. This is ear candy that speaks to the soul...turn it up!