Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock


band members

Ricky French - guitar, vocals, keys. Karen Anson - synth, vocals Phil Smilie - drums


Influences

Noise guitar, pop melodies, good taste


Bio

Debut Mini-Album 'Gossip About Guys' OUT NOW on Mistletone Records. Australia-wide distribution. Like most Actor/Models, Ricky French, Karen Anson and Philip Smilie are extremely talented and can walk and talk at the same time. In 2004 they decided to follow in the footsteps of fellow Actor/Models Milla Jovovich and Naomi Campbell and become 'musicians'. A three-piece band with a lo-fi, high energy philosophy, Actor/Model (pronounced Actor Slash Model) utilise cheap toy keyboards, synths, old beat-up guitars and inventive, pounding drums to construct simple, beat-driven pop songs with an experimental noise punk slant. And if that doesn’t sound bad enough, they are also ‘political’. Jesus. The songs hold up a distorted mirror to consumer culture, the cult of celebrity and the proliferation of suburban shopping mall fashion. There is no one musical style to Actor/Model. No two songs sound the same. The set travels from toe-tapping electro punk to dance to skewed wall-of-sound post-rock to pop that is as sweet as phenylketonurics (but without the laxative effect). This year has seen them rise extremely fast in the ultra-competitive Melbourne music scene. The routinely pack out their own headline shows now, and word is spreading about their live show. Their debut EP is being mixed and will be out at the end of the year. They have played with City City City, Deloris, Moscow Schoolboy, Eddy Current Supression Ring, Die! Die! Die! and so many others this year. It gets said a lot, but it's honestly true - they sound like no one else. Try to prove it wrong.

Review

Reviewed by Zan Rowe Zan Rowe

22 Apr 2007

Triple J
40

Fantastic harmony laden, synth goodness... this song makes me heart fly when the high notes are hit. An absolute winner.

Fantastic harmony laden, synth goodness... this song makes me heart fly when the high notes are hit. An absolute winner.