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The Cool Calm is a brotherhood. A Gang. Following the muse and the dream of moving people and making them dance.
The Cool Calm formed in late 2016 when long time friends from Melbourne’s music scene got together to chase the sound they love. Tane Walker (vocals, guitars), Soren Walker (guitar), Aiden McMillan (bass), and Anthony “Shorty” Murray (drums) forged their sound in boozy all-night jam sessions and years spent worshipping at the altar of neo-soul greats, the blues fire breathers, dub-plate masters and hip hop moguls.
2017 saw the band hit Melbourne’s seminal Soundpark Studios with producers Elliott Hammond and Alex Markwell of the Delta Riggs. “We’ve known the lads for years and have dabbled in the studio with them before. We wanted it to be a fun process and for that to be reflected in the tunes so it made sense to get them on board. An equal talent for mixing songs and drinks I’d say. Exceptional really” explains Soren.
“Hand” and the follow up “Moving Forward” set the tone for the band’s sound: heavy hip hop grooves, soulful vocals, and fuzzed out guitar playing with a freedom to the songwriting and approach that makes it a wholly unique sound. The accompanying video clip shows the lifestyle the band is accustomed to; long evenings of kicking back with friends, back yard gigs and an infectious approach to life.
Tane Walker’s songs are a joyful experience and one with a conscious approach. His lyrics make you smile, sing, and then think. To see the band live, you’ll understand the energy that brings people into the fold. A review of the band’s gig at Melbourne’s the Forum late last year reads “Having only formed this year, they have already gathered a good fanbase and are definitely giving themselves a name in the local scene. I found myself easily brought into the groove and feel they offered.”
Their sound and electric live shows have found fans within the fertile Australian music scene and 2017 ended with the band opening for Dan Sultan’s sold out Australian tour as well as sets on the Red Deer festival in QLD with the Preatures. The momentum isn’t slowing in 2018 with a new single, “Nothing for Nothing” (featuring Elliot Hammond guesting on vocals) set for release in winter and upcoming shows supporting The Velvet Addiction and Crooked Letter, The Cool Calm are already at work on their debut album with Hammond and Markwell set for release later this year.
Melbourne is buzzing about The Cool Calm. With all that’s going on it might pay for the boys to remember their well-worn mantra: Be Cool, Stay Calm.