Artist info

Genre

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


Influences

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


Bio

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.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

24 Aug 2020

Triple J
40

i've given this an extra half star for the pure commitment that this one has. you've put it all on the line again!

i've given this an extra half star for the pure commitment that this one has. you've put it all on the line again!

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

18 Aug 2020

Triple J
40

If John's vocals don't drag you out of a lull and convince you to run away and join a band then the pumped up '80s sounds behind him will. It's like Dave from GOY fronting Journey.

If John's vocals don't drag you out of a lull and convince you to run away and join a band then the pumped up '80s sounds behind him will. It's like Dave from GOY fronting Journey.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

15 Jan 2020

Triple J
35

The juxtaposition (shoutouts year eleven English) between the deeper vocal and those shimmering synths makes this pop in a big way. So much wonderful noise.

The juxtaposition (shoutouts year eleven English) between the deeper vocal and those shimmering synths makes this pop in a big way. So much wonderful noise.