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BABY ANIMALS AND SPECIAL GUESTS

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Fri Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm

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Lead singer Suze DeMarchi started singing in local Perth pub bands at the age of 17.
As Suze admits – “after the first couple of gigs, I knew that there was nothing else I would
rather do. If I never did anything else the rest of my life but record and play live, I’d be happy.”
For the next four years, DeMarchi was in England recording and writing as a solo artist, with
EMI records. But disheartened by the record company’s attempt to slide her into a pop career,
and missing not working with a band, together with a little encouragement from then manager
John Woodruff, she returned to Australia in mid 1989. On her return she set about forming a
new band, fellow Perth musician Frank Celenza recommended his best friend, bass player
Eddie Parise DeMarchi approached guitarist Dave Leslie to join the band and finally, Celenza
joined as the band’s drummer.

November 1989 saw the band’s first gig at the infamous Kardomah Café in Sydney, and the
start of constant touring through the city’s pubs and clubs.

The Angels were so impressed with the band, that they included one of the band’s demos
Break My Heart on the B-side of their single Dogs Are Talking.

In August 1990, the band singed a publishing deal with SBK Songs (now EMI Songs). Whilst
attending one of their gigs, Terry Ellis, president of the newly formed Imago Recording
Company heard something special and signed them to his label. He described the experience
as “the band was great, the songs were terrific and to me Suze clearly had that indefinable
magic that separates one artist from the crowd and makes them a star.”

Debut Album

The band flew to New York to record their debut album, and together with expatriate Mike
Chapman (Sweet, Pat Benatar, Blondie ) and Kevin “Caveman” Shirley (Aerosmith,
Silverchair) produced a classic album.

Their debut single Early Warning is released April 1991 and immediately reached the Top 20
on the Australian Singles charts. After the release of the single, the band flew to the United
States for a series of showcases for the Imago/BMG people, to coincide with the earlier
release of the album there. With the Top 20 chart success of Early Warning at home, the
second single Rush You was released in August 1991.

Their eponymous debut album Baby Animals was released in September 1991. The album
debuted at number six on the ARIA Charts and spent six weeks at number one, eventually
going eight times platinum and becoming the highest-selling debut Australian rock album of
all time (until the release of Jet’s album 12 years later).

After reportedly listening to the band’s album in his kitchen, Bryan Adams asked the band to
join him on his European tour. Whilst overseas, the band picked up the ‘Best New Act’ at the
inaugural 1991 Australian Music Awards. Christmas 1991 saw the band back in Australia for
more touring, and the release of two more singles from the album, Painless and One Word.
The incredibly successful ‘Let Go Of My Ears’ tour saw the band playing to sellout crowds all
over the country.

This is an 18+ event.

Fri Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm

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Our Beer Garden is open for food and drinks from 12noon. Tickets can be scanned off your phone if it has no major cracks - please turn your brightness up.