- Publish Date
- Friday, 4 July 2014, 3:19PM
Five Mile Town are an alternative rock band formed in New Zealand’s current musical hotspot, Devonport (The home of Lorde & The Naked and Famous) who now find themselves catching trams to gigs in Melbourne.
Releasing their first single in 2012 the band had humble goals. After their music video ‘Saturated’ received over 50,000 views on Youtube in a week, momentum built and their debut self-titled EP quickly followed. That same year their song ‘Fatal Flaw’ was APRA Silver Scroll nominated and ‘You Would Know’ won the International Songwriting Competition Teen Category, cementing the band as one to watch.
After a notable festival appearance on the main stage of New Zealand’s Rhythm and Vines Festival, 2013 saw the band move to Melbourne, a tradition paved by artists from Crowded House to Kimbra. They continued to develop their sound by touring Australia, influenced by a desire to prove themselves in a new environment.
The release of their Sophomore EP ‘Other Ghosts’, recorded by VNZMA Award Winning engineer Andrew Buckton (Midnight Youth, Clap Clap Riot), brought a strong end to 2013. Singles ‘Curious Creature’ and ‘Solo’ showcased a band matured beyond their years. Thoughtful arrangements and lyrics show the makings of true songwriters, reminiscent of artists like Neil Finn as much as international acts Wilco or Arcade Fire.
After an Australian single tour in March and a national New Zealand tour in April, including a support for Irish band Kodaline at Auckland's Powerstation, Five Mile Town are heading back to Melbourne to focus on writing and recording.