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Epicure

Epicure

Epicure


Epicure was an Australian rock band from Ballarat, Victoria. The band started in 1996 as a school rock band called Pima's Little Finger. Epicure's five original members Juan Alban, Michael 'Brownie' Brown, Tim Bignell, Dom Santamaria and Luke Cairnes played their first gig at the Dunnstown Football Club in 1996. They released their first recording in 1996 - a demo tape named The Least of These. Their "home" was Ballarat's local live music pub nicknamed "The Rat" (The Bridge Mall Inn, now known as Tubbie's Bar). Read more on Last.fm
Epicure was an Australian rock band from Ballarat, Victoria. The band started in 1996 as a school rock band called Pima's Little Finger. Epicure's five original members Juan Alban, Michael 'Brownie' Brown, Tim Bignell, Dom Santamaria and Luke Cairnes played their first gig at the Dunnstown Football Club in 1996. They released their first recording in 1996 - a demo tape named The Least of These. Their "home" was Ballarat's local live music pub nicknamed "The Rat" (The Bridge Mall Inn, now known as Tubbie's Bar). After they released their first EP The Means to an End, they were picked up by Flugelhorn Records and managed by Mark Eatock, who bought out the Bridge Mall Inn in early 1999. Triple J radio helped bring Epicure to the Australian consciousness when they added Feet From Under Me and Johnny Venus to their playlists in 2000.

Both songs are featured on the Fold album. The original lineup would record one more EP together the following year titled Elevator. At this time they also released the album Airmail, a collection of their early works which were no longer available by this time. Shortly after the release of Elevator, Michael Brown and Luke Cairnes both decided to leave the band. The remaining members recruited 2 new musicians - Dan Houlihan (lead guitar) and Dean Shannon (keyboard).

These two new members brought about a new feeling to the band, and Dean became quite popular with the crowds for his showmanship. Epicure came to national prominence in 2003 when two more of their tracks, Armies Against Me and Life Sentence, were picked up by Triple J. These songs are featured on The Goodbye Girl album, released in March 2004. Both reached the Triple J Hottest 100, 2003, whilst a third track from the album, Self Destruct in Five, made the Triple J Hottest 100, 2004. The band spent much of 2003/04 touring Australia, particularly regional areas.

In late 2003 they supported US rock group Live on their Australian tour, and also played at the Big Day Out festival in January 2004. They played at both Falls Festivals in December 2004. Unfortunately, a dispute between the band and Dean occurred in mid 2004 which resulted in Dean leaving and a new keyboard player, Heath McCurdy joining. Their 3rd full length album Main Street was released in October 2005, and features the single Tightrope Walker. In late 2006, lead guitarist Dan Houlihan decided to leave the band. Mick Hubbard (guitarist for Jen Cloher) took the position of lead guitarist in time to record their upcoming album, to be released in 2007. In June/July 2007 the band took a break from recording their upcoming album and played a number of supports for Mia Dyson on the east coast of Australia. The band announced in 2007 that they were working on a new album and posted a video of recording sessions on their myspace.

They then asked fans which song featured in this video should be released as their first single, with the choice being between Landslide and Cobra Kisses. The latter was eventually chosen and has been released. The album, titled Postcards From A Ghost was released in October 2008 Tim has done the cover art for all five of their LPs, along with the majority of their EPs and singles. Epicure announced a farewell tour with the last show being played in their hometown at Karova Lounge on the 29th of May 2010. In May 2015 Epicure celebrated the vinyl release of The Goodbye Girl by playing reunion shows at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne and the Karova Lounge in Ballarat. Epicure on MySpace Epicure on Facebook Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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