Artist info


Rock, Roots

Sounds like

The Fumes, Marshall Okell, John Lee Hooker, Queens of the Stone Age, The Doors, Kingswood

band members

Christian Tryhorn - Guitar/Vox/Percussion Zed Charles - Bass/Vox Michael Gardiner - Drums/Vox with Paul Van Zelst (lead guitar) and Ronaldo Juarnario (Harmonica)


Queens of the Stoneage, Rage Against The Machine, Ash Grunwald, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, The Fumes, The Royal Artillery


Transvaal Diamond Syndicate (TDS) are the manufacturers of some of Australia's finest Blues Rock.

"Great guitar riffs with cool and clear lyrics. Bound to get the speakers rattling." Sydney Daily Telegraph

It has been a busy and wild journey from their inception back in late 2009, almost immediately garnering attention for their raw, energetic, exciting and often primeval live shows.

Since then, the TDS have only gone from strength to strength, gathering fans nationally from constant touring, performing and strong social engagement.

In their 6 solid years near the top of the national Blues Rock touring stable they've managed to put over 250,000kms on the tour van, have dropped 5 releases, had 4 tracks featured on Triple J Radio and been amongst the most requested artists on Australian Community Radio (AMRAP) with every single release.

The band, renowned for their on-stage impact, have played most of the country's Blues and Roots festivals with appearances at Byron BluesFest, Great Southern BluesFest, Blues on Broadbeach, Australian Festival of Blues, QLD Festival of Blues, Sydney Blues and Roots, Queenscliff Music Festival and many more.

A swag of awards and critical acclaim has come the band's way with success in the Independent Music Awards (Blues Song Category Winner), MusicOz Awards Top 5 Finalist, QMusic Highly Commended, QLD Blues Award for Song of the Year, 4ZzZ #1 spot in their Hot 100 competition and International Song Competition Finalist. Add to this 4 and 5 star album reviews from The Music, Rave Magazine, The Courier Mail, Sydney Morning Herald and Zoo Magazine (not to mention others) and you can see that this is a band worthy of recognition for the positive impact they've had on bringing Australian Blues Rock to the fray.

The band is currently wrapping up a 3 month tour on the back of new EP release 'The Shadow' which has seen the band visit NSW, QLD, VIC, WA and NT with a bunch of festival appearances.

"This is new school blues that is as exciting as it is electric and yet another shining example of the deep and creative roots scene Australia is privy to enjoy." The Music