Scottish born singer/songwriter Millar Jukes has brought his unique take on Americana music to Australia and, together with his new band The Bandits, has been sharing his bittersweet blend of upbeat love songs and darker, more intense musical stories with audiences across Melbourne throughout this year.
Inspired by Ray Lamontagne, Millar started writing heartfelt songs that he performed around his hometown of Wishaw, just outside of Glasgow, developing his distinctly gritty vocal style, before migrating to Melbourne in 2011.
At the start of 2013, Millar formed his new band, The Bandits, consisting of Jazzy Fiske on bass, Ty Noble on drums and Matt Sandilands on lead guitar. Throughout the year, the band have been playing gigs in and around Fitzroy, as well as spending time in the studio. The first fruit of their musical labour was their debut single, Love Me All Night.
Millar Jukes and the Bandits will be joined at the Yarra by their good mates Wild Comforts. Since 2011 the Melbourne-based band have been making toes tap and tears well, filling ears around Australia with a unique brand of country music that is soulful, raw, and melodic.
In March 2014, The Wild Comforts spent a magic, hallucinatory week on the NSW central coast recording their sophomore album with Australian country music legend Bill Chambers. In between BBQs, parties, incredible gigs, and impromptu serenades by a bush poet, the lads put together Silver City Sorrow.
The core of the album lies in the songwriting pen of front-man Joshua Deeble. He grew up in Broken Hill, NSW, and his songs still carry the dust of that desert town; shot through with heartbreaks new and old, shiverings of troubled faith, and drunken revelry. These are songs that capture the spirit of country music, even as they borrow freely from folk, punk, and blues.