The Open Season
Forming in Adelaide in mid 2004, The Open Season signed to Pee Records only days after releasing their first demo tracks online. Since then, the band has made their mark on the local and Australian scene, releasing two acclaimed EP's locally produced by respected engineer Darren Thompson, backed up with a solid gig roster of crowd-impressing shows across the country with some of Australia's and America's finest bands. The Open Season released their debut EP 'CHASE' in 2005 which debuted at no 1 on the SA Real Music Charts (AWESAM) and sold out of its first pressing within a few weeks.
Their unique brand of fine tuned melodic Aussie rock regularly finds the mainstream airwaves of Triple J and NOVA along with a vast range of regional and overseas stations. A highlight for the band was in 2005 where 'CHASE' was voted as one of Triple J's Short Fast Loud Top 40 releases for the year.
Never ones to shy away from a challenge, the band hit the studio late 2006 to record their follow up EP 'BEFORE WE START'. The latest release is a refined composition, 5 blistering anthems; a recording that was certain to top the success of their first release.
With an explosive and impressive live show, the band has gained much respect from local and interstate punters, critics and artists alike. On the strength of this and their two EP's to date, The Open Season have played alongside the likes of Gyroscope, Something With Numbers, New Found Glory(USA) The Audition (USA) Motion City Soundtrack (USA) Matchbook Romance (USA) Mere Theory, After The Fall, Kisschasy, In The Grey, Forgetting Yesterday, Angelas Dish, STR, Straylight Run (USA) Trial Kennedy, Horsell Common, In Fiction, The Hot Lies, The Getaway Plan, Behind Crimson Eyes and Parkway Drive to name a few.
The Open Season have recently joined Mere Theory and The Hot Lies, two of Adelaide's biggest exports, to support their album launch shows to impressive reviews and solid response. With an already impressive 2007 drawing to a close, The Open Season have their sights set on the new year, with plans for a full length release, more touring and their biggest year yet. What started as a garage project between four mates has now developed a life of its own, proof that the hard yards are the surest way to success.
"The Open Season really seem to know what they're doing, and what they're doing is leading a substanial change"
Aussie patriotic punk rock is an apt title for The Open Season and these guys are leading others into an Australian music battle.
"Adelaides The Open Season is finally the band thatll bring out the Aussie patriotic punk in all of us here, and for all of you internationally, brace yourselves for one of the greatest Aussie emotive post hardcore punk releases ever!"
"The Open Season proved a real surprise packed with a crowd pleasing, crisp set." THE SUNDAY MAIL, The Hot Lies album launch review
"The band is poised on the cusp of breakout success, which I am desperate to see them achieve." dB MAGAZINE, The Hot Lies Album launch review
"The Open Season again prove themselves to be worthy of more than local status, as they contunue on their merry way producing music that stands out from the ever-burgeoning punkhardcore scene as easily some of the best rock Adelaide has to offer...The Open Season blend riveting guitar lines, forceful dynamics and straight-up honesty into a cohesive whole, with singer Steve McGrath's unashamedly Australian accent shining through on every track, which only goes further towards putting an A-town stamp of pride across the band's work. Onwards and upwards I say, onwards and upwards!" db MAGAZINE, 'Before We Start' EP review
"The Open Season proved themselves impressively tight and entertainingly energetic. This band is ace." dB MAGAZINE, Matchbook Romance live review
"As they had only 24 hours earlier, The Open Season played superbly, and as they had progressed into their half-hour set, the audience became more vocal, their reactions building from polite clapping to cheers and whistles by the time closer Never Forget was over...I think it's just The Open Season's melodies and dynamically woven guitarlines that set them apart tonight." dB MAGAZINE, Motion City Soundtrack live review