Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots
The Cat Empire
Peter - Sax/Vocals, Daniel - Lead Vocals/Bass, Jordan - Drums, Hugh - Guitar/Vocals, Gemma - Trumpet/Vocals, Jeremy - Keys/Vocals
Blending pop, funk, rock, and jazz is a sound Better Than The Wizards are becoming known for. Forming in Melbourne, this six piece band take their influences from a wide range of genres to create a must see, fun, energetic and powerful live performance.
Better Than The Wizards began as the brainchild of preschool besties Pete and Dan, once they learned their scales and picked up the sax and bass respectively. Thrust into the realities of life post high school, the boys found solace with like-minded musos who shared their goal of getting the dancefloor jumping. Together they came up with the strangest band name they could think of, after one ignominious Thursday rehearsal.
Since then the team has gone from strength to strength, recording their first EP at Sing Sing, ColourSound and (the former) Eastern Bloc studios, touring the Australian East Coast, playing sold-out shows across Melbourne, and releasing some good-time YouTube music videos featuring pirates, rooftop bars, bicycles, trampolines, and trailer solos.
Following on from the success of their debut album in 2014, recorded with ARIA award winning sound engineer and producer Robin Mai (John Butler Trio, Augie March) at Sing Sing and Woodstock studios, they returned to Woodstock with a new lineup in 2015 to lay down fresh tracks with Robin for their next EP release. The debut is reported to highlight the best of the band, from their most rambunctious to their most introspective, and slots into any music lover’s collection between The Cat Empire and the aforementioned JBT. The new EP from Better Than The Wizards will fit snugly beside.
It’s time to hitch a ride on the Better Than The Wizards bandwagon for a guaranteed good time.
"This is an album that lovers could get together on and stay together on. Give it a spin."
- VULTURE MAGAZINE
"This up-and-coming Aussie band's music will make you feel happy. With an outcome like this, there are sure to be many more albums to come."
- HERALD SUN