Strange Beast

Strange Beast

About the Artist

Emerging from the volcanic ranges of West Auckland, Calum Salmond (Guitar, Vocals), Daniel Barrett (Synthesizer, Vocals) and Liam Mertens (Drums, Samples) create a three headed leviathan of sound.

Take a dive into the tangled caustic crunch and you’ll reveal intricately woven instrumentation, persuasive dance rhythms, dueling vocal hooks and emotive soundscapes.

Conceived mid 2007, the trio completed their first North Island tour playing Auckland, Whanganui, New Plymouth and Palmerston North before the year was out and continued to perform indiscriminately at bars, house parties, highschools, university campuses, main-roads, car-parks, art-galleries, warehouses and movie sets. Their relentless gigging resulted in a smashed guitar, torn drum skins, two destroyed mic stands, chipped teeth, dozens of bloodied fingers and more importantly, the shaping one of the most engaging live acts in Auckland. Distinguished events include the Zeal West grand opening, Titirangi Festival of Music (08, 09 & 10), Cuba Street Carnival 09, Camp A Low Hum 09, Teenage Kicks 1st Birthday, charity gigs for Project Twin Stream and Amnesty International, a DJ slot at Rhythm n' Vines 2010 plus interviews with Juice TV, Alt. TV, Love Music, Under The Radar, NZ Musician and 1am Magazine.

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In October 2010 Strange Beast released their independently funded and self produced debut titled, "Mise-en-Scene EP" recorded by Jason Huss at Roundhead Studios and mastered in L.A. by Dave Cooley ...