Figurehead score huge nomination and release new video
Fremantle-based indie rock band Figurehead have been nominated for the best Indie/Alternative Rock Song at the prestigious Independent Music Awards – to be held in New York on June 22.
This year’s Independent Music Award judges include such icons of rock music as Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Lee Ann Womack, Robert Smith of The Cure, musical polymath Todd Rundgren, Nicole Atkins and Ben Lovett from Mumford & Sons.
This announcement comes off the back of a truly extraordinary 12 months for the trio – featuring frontman Matt Murphy, lead guitarist Josh Gallagher and bassist Ross Mace – whose IMA nominated song Ear To Lend took out the 2018 WAM Song Of The Year for the 15-17s High School category.
While barely out of school, the band has garnered a formidable reputation in WA, built on a sound that draws from the fret;e springs of WA’s indie rock tradition: with clamorous guitars, soaring melodies and chest-pounding vocals.
To coincide with the nomination the band has also released a video for Ear To Lend, filmed by acclaimed local cinematographer Gavin Head (Gurrumul) and featuring a subversive cameo from another Fremantle icon: the furry critters from Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, led by master puppeteer Leon Hendroff. The video is a first time Directing/Producing role for North Fremantle born Robbie Williams who is back home after many years living in Melbourne, Sydney and London in former roles as manager of Rose Tattoo, partner in Frontier Touring Company and heading up Albert Productions in London – and working closely with great friend, the late George Young (Easybeats/Vanda & Young) on other projects.
With most band members having only recently started university Figurehead will be laying low from gigging in the coming months – but will be sporadically hitting the studio with Rob Grant to work on new material to follow-up Ear To Lend.
Check out the music video HERE