BONJAH have been active since 2006 when the childhood friends booked a one way ticket from New Zealand to Melbourne to pursue a dream of music. Over the past six years the band has played hundreds of sold out shows around the world including Japan, Germany, England, Australia and New Zealand, sharing the stage with such acts as The Who, The Beautiful Girls, G Love & Special Sauce, The Cranberries and Paul Kelly, just to name a few. They have sold thousands of records independently, as well as played at many major music festivals around the world including last year’s Big Day Out, Germany's Ju Wi Fest and Japan's Greenroom festival. Their first new material in two years, BONJAH is a band that has truly found their sound and on April 13 will release a brand new single called Evolution which will be launched at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne on the same day, followed by a 13 date national tour covering most capital cities. Evolution has been added to high rotation on radio stations up and down the country including Triple J and Radar radio. The single, with its huge hooks, pounding drums and a driving vocal melody, was recorded at Melbourne’s Sound Park Studios with Fraser Montgomery and Cameron Fleming, mixed by Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Powderfinger, R.A.T.M) at 301 studios and mastered by Leon Zervos (Muse, Beastie Boys, Eskimo Joe, Bertie Blackman). Tracked live it showcases Glenn Mossop’s raw power, falsetto brilliance and sees BONJAH exploring their musical pallet sonically. The song was inspired by a fan that approached the band after a show telling them of dark times and how their music literally saved her life: “What the song means to me is that throughout our lives we wind and turn, sometimes we're up and sometimes we're down. No matter where you are or what you've done you are going in the right direction” says Glenn. A Brief History In 1997 Glenn, Regs and Dave met at high school in Tauranga, New Zealand at age 14. They bought some cheap guitars and started teaching themselves how to play their instruments by belting out Nirvana covers and attempting to write their own songs. Having finished high school the young men moved to Dunedin for university which is where they met their drummer Dan. After the first jam with Dan the chemistry was apparent, they asked him to join the band and the group agreed to make the move to Melbourne which inevitably happened in 2006. BONJAH have built a reputation for their live performances playing hundreds of shows throughout Australia as well as touring to London, Japan, Germany and often back home to New Zealand. Festivals Played Apollo Bay Music Festival, Big Day Out, Big Sound, Caloundra Music Festival, Festival of the Sun, Greenroom Festival (Japan), JuWi Fest (Germany), Make Poverty History, Moomba Festival, One Movement Music Festival, Open Arms Festival, Peats Ridge Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Pyramid Rock, Queenscliff Music Festival, Raggamuffin, Reggaetown World Music Festival, Soundscape Festival, St. Kilda Festival, West Coast Blues & Roots, Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford Planting Festival Supports Played The Who, The Cranberries, Counting Crows, Arrested Development, G Love & Special Sauce, The Black Seeds, Eskimo Joe, The Beautiful Girls, Paul Kelly, The Original Wailers, Trinity Roots, Plutonic & G Love Discography “Go Go Chaos” - Released July 2011 through Shock Entertainment (AUS / NZ) Debuted at #4 on the iTunes alternative album chart, #6 on the Australian Independent Record chart and landed in the top 40 on the overall iTunes album chart Nominated for: 'Artist to Watch' Award 2011 (Rolling Stone Awards - 2011) ‘Best Australian Blues & Roots Album’ (AIR Awards - 2011) “Until Dawn” - Released March 2009 through MGM Distribution (AUS / NZ), Released April 2010 through P-Vine Records (JAP) Debuted at #6 on the Australian Independent Record chart - Nominated for: ‘Best Australian Blues & Roots Album’ (AIR Awards - 2009) ‘Best Blues & Roots Artist’ (Rolling Stone Magazine - 2009) ‘Best Blues & Roots Work of the Year’ for single “Bring Back the Fire” (APRA Awards - 2010) ‘Best Blues & Roots Work of the Year’ for single “Fly” (APRA Awards – 2010) ‘Best Music Video’ for single “Colours” (Inside Film Awards - 2010). Charity BONJAH have supported Variety Children’s Charity in the past as well as The Leukaemia Foundation and are very proud to be ambassadors for Make-A-Wish Australia who grant the wishes of children with life threatening illness. The band has also raised money for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, Queensland Flood Appeal and the Bushfire Appeal. Quotes "New Zealand exports BONJAH have got all the makings to be one of the next big ‘Australian’ bands. Well-written songs, good-looking guys, and enough triple j airplay. There’s no doubting that they deserve the large amounts of praise that they have been receiving of late." - Tone Deaf “Glenn Mossop’s rich vocals bring to mind Jeff Buckley’s sad timbre, giving the music an edginess some of BONJAH’s contemporaries lack.” - Rolling Stone "Just when you think you've got BONJAH's sound pegged, they deliver this great, subtle pop song. I reckon they're one of the hardest working acts in the country at the moment." - Dom Allesio, Triple j "Go Go Chaos is an honest record with some incredibly inspiring moments of beautiful song writing and delivery. It’s time for that band that everyone’s talking about to break out. An explosive force in Australian music. Unstoppable." - The Drum Media "Sometimes, when you’re very lucky, you happen upon moments that you will look back in awe of for the rest of your life. Description cannot do justice so we will leave you with the words scrawled in this reporter’s notebook: This is the coolest fucking thing I’ve ever seen. Do yourself a favour, get on the bandwagon." - Vulture Magazine "Go Go Chaos is evidence that the band has discovered a sound, and it is a sound that they are darn good at creating. Singer Glenn Mossop’s aching vocals are reminiscent of those of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach." - The 59th Sound
10 Feb 2011
Bonjah have been...
Bonjah have been hard at work on the local scene for years, earning themselves a solid fanbase around the country. This single could introduce them to a whole new audience - it's smart, energetic and catchy as hell. Top work boys.
18 Sep 2012
I first came acr...
I first came across Bonjah when they were busking in Melbourne CBD in about 2008, i bought their album for about 10 bucks i think and have followed them since.. the sound has evolved and changed and its all for the better