Artist info


Indie, Rock

Sounds like

Bruce Springsteen, The War on Drugs, Slowdive, Gang of Youths, The National, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Jack Ladder, Holy Holy

band members

John Lawrie - Vocals, guitar Sean Niven - Bass Andrew Back - Synths Curtis Grey - Drums


The National, Slowdive, The War on Drugs, Beach House, Bruce Springsteen, My Bloody Valentine, Holy Holy


John Lawrie & The Welcome Strangers are a four-piece alternative rock band from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Known for John’s crooning bass-baritone vocals, their unique blend of shoegaze and the blues (bluegaze, if you will), the group have been making waves with their high energy live sets. These sets highlight their ability to mix introspective and existential lyricism, with both dreamy, dark atmospheres and cheery 80’s dance beats to get you feeling sad on the dance floor.

The band was birthed out of garage in the suburbs of the Northern Beaches, as John looked to assemble a few friends to help perform some songs he’d been writing and performing solo that adventured away from his previous bands and projects. The band immediately clicked, despite being comprised of members that had previously never played together, earning them the name ‘The Welcome Strangers’.

In 2018, the group released their single ‘Blinded’, a Springsteen-esque banger with larger than life synths and snares, based on a simple guitar hook and showcasing John’s moody and earthy low vocals.

the band released their long awaited debut EP, ‘Red Walls’ in mid-2019. The EP saw the band explore the darker and more atmospheric sounds of their live shows, particularly in the title track and songs like ‘Unstuck’ and ‘December’, whilst still showcasing their ability to blend with their blues and 80’s alternative inspirations.