Tequila Mockingbyrd release their debut long player; Fight And Flight (Distortion Records) on later this year in the UK and Europe. We reviewed it recently.
No lemon. No salt. No chaser. Melbourne’s Tequila Mockingbyrd are a shot of straight up rock n roll packing a high energy punch that will hit you from the first explosion of sound until long into the after party.
Comprised of Estelle Artois (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Jess Reily (Bass, Backing Vocals) and Josie O’Toole (Drums, Backing Vocals) the band are rapidly becoming known for their explosive live shows and punk rock sound. With an arsenal of catchy riffs and memorable choruses, Tequila Mockingbyrd pump out party anthems like ‘Good Time’ and their ode to Melbourne’s iconic Esplanade Hotel ‘Never Go Home’, then rip into bottom heavy stomping tracks such as ‘I Smell Rock n Roll’ and ‘Everyone Down’.
In 2014 Tequila Mockingbyrd headed out on their first round of national tours in support of their debut EP T-Byrds are Go! which received rave reviews.
Since then, the trio has toured Australia multiple times and earned killer support slots with Australian heavy weights such as Baby Animals, The Superjesus and Thirsty Merc. At the end of 2015 the T-Byrds spread their wings internationally for first time, having the honour of touring The Middle East entertaining the troops. 2016 sees the trio return to the road with Thirsty Merc on a national tour, as well as warming up the stage for punk icon Richie Ramone whose management hand-picked the girls for the slot having heard their cover of The Ramone’s cult classic “Somebody Put Something in my Drink”, plus recently supporting Cherie Currie of The Runaways fame on the Melbourne leg of her Australian Tour.
Their debut album Fight and Flight fresh from Lighthill Sound Studios (produced by Ricki Rae – Electric Mary, Bellusira, Massive) was released on 20th May in Australia 2016 and went straight to No. 10 on the Australian Independent Music Charts (AIR). Debut single (and fragrance!) “I Smell Rock n Roll” earned the trio airplay on Australia’s biggest commercial rock station Triple M and a live studio performance. With another national Australian tour underway in support of the launch, and ambitions to spread their wings even further afield, it’s definitely fair to say the T-Byrds are Go!
The band say:
We wanted to capture everything that the T-Byrds are about in this record – working hard,playing hard and most importantly having a damn good time. Throughout the recording process we tried to harness that rush of energy we get, and hopefully give the audience, during our live shows, and couldn’t be happier with the results. We’re planning on hitting the UK later in the year with Massive & The Black Aces so people can come and enjoy the T-Byrd experience for themselves, watch this space!!!