Artist info


Indie, Punk, Roots

band members

Gavin Cook - Vocals/Guitar Caroline Townsend - Bass Guitar Steph McIntyre - Drums Louis Whelan - Accordion Matthew Hsu - Trumpet Jonathan Sri - Tenor Sax/Vocals Kathryn Bermingham - Bari Sax


The Specials, Gogol Bordello, Toots and The Maytals, Streetlight Manifesto, Tintamare , The Felice Brothers, The Cat Empire, Hot 8 Brass Band



The Mouldy Lovers are a 7 piece band hailing from Brisbane, whose increasingly unique sound explores a handful of genres including folk, punk, ska and dub. These styles are truly brought to life during the band's high energy, eccentric live shows, which push even the most faint-hearted of punters into a frenzy.

The line-up, which consists of a three piece horn section, drums, guitar, piano accordion and bass, has bombarded the stages of an impressive amount of Australian festivals including Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane Festival, Wallaby Creek Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Surfing the Coldstream, Island Vibe, Darwin Festival and Falls Music and Arts Festival. The band has also toured up and down the east coast of Australia numerous times, supporting international artists such as The Skatalites, Babylon Circus, Neville Staple (The Specials, UK) and Hot 8 Brass Band (USA) as well as homegrown acts Sex on Toast (Melbourne), The Crooked Fiddle Band (Sydney), Cheap Fakes (Sunshine Coast) and more.

‘Mondegreen’, The Mouldy Lovers sophomore album, was recorded by local producer Paulie
Bromley (George, The Beautiful Girls) and released in early 2015. To date, the album has received radio support from local and international stations including a premiere on Triple J’s Roots n' All with Sarah Howells, as well as claiming album of the week at 4ZZZ and spending 7 weeks in the community station’s Top 20 charts. The album has also received critical acclaim, with reviewers labeling it "fast-paced and horn-driven” (Dylan Stewart, The Music) and "a record that has the breeding and the skill to conquer Australia and even the world” (Chris Cobcroft, Music Director at 4ZZZ).

The Brisbane local’s most recent release ‘Civilised Crossfire’ (May 2016) also received a handful of positive praise from the Australian music scene including another premier through Triple J, peaking at #5 in the AMRAP metro charts upon release, #50 in the 4ZZZ Hottest 100 and a finalist nomination in the World category at the Queensland Music Awards.