The lineup was Brett Layton, Gary Beavis, Nigel Lacey, Richard Nixon, Daniel Petersen and a young guy from Newcastle named Nathan on drums. A few months in we dropped Nathan, and in July began writing commercially for Brett's cousin Iain Archer. The writing phase was prolific and will soon be a matter for the courts. In early 93 Brett got married and dropped out and Richard dropped out.
Also from the Gold Coast Nathan Thomas's band Unloveable broke up about the same time and soon enough Nigel and Gary opted to get in Nathan. The first drummer was a fellow that went on to drum for Gaslight Radio, Simon Piper. There was a sort of reunion gig at the Playroom with former members, Brett and an earlier drummer of the band Grave Daisies, Kenny. There was also another drummer who sat in, Michelle Wilson from Fur.
Nathan got in Luke to play bass after Richard was offered the job and declined. The band practiced on the Coast and soon after moved to Brisbane. There they picked up Justin Nelson on drums ( regarded by Gary Beavis as the best drummer they ever had ). They became a successful live band on the Brisbane circuit with their music and style owing much to Nathans new wave influences and Britpop scene that was the rage in the mid 90's. Lavish were one of the first artists to sign to a briefly revitalised Festival Records in 1998 and their debut single "Trashed" became a favourite on both the commercial and indie radio stations alike, as well as being used in the movie "Buffy The Vampire Slayer".
It had a controversial video to go with it with much of it depicting a rape and murder scene in a dingy Sydney nightclub with snippets of the band done up as New Romantics playing against a white backdrop. Although the single failed to chart, their third single, a cover of Pete Shelley's 1982 hit "Homosapien" made it to No.60 in 1999 and was used in the film "The Craic" featuring Irish comedian Jimeoin. Unfortunately, the album "Polaroid" produced by new guitarist Jeff Lovejoy and Pop Will Eat Itself vocalist Clint Mansell was not the hit that their record company had hoped for, and they were dropped by the label as well as Beavis and Lacey departing the band. Now down to a trio consisting of the Thomas brothers and ex-Savage Garden drummer Glen Gibson, the band released the critically acclaimed EP "Accelerator" through MGM records, but decided to call it a day in 2001.
Luke Thomas evenutally joined You Am I spinoff band The Pictures as bassist and they had a Top 50 hit in 2004. Luke then went on to front his own band, the Deserters. Nathan Thomas turned his hand to writing a novel, whilst Jeff Lovejoy returned to producing Brisbane bands with Lachlan "Magoo" Goold, as well as fronting his own band Lovejoy with his sister Kylie. 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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