Meet The Hipstones - in their first year they independently released their debut CD, shared an international festival bill with the likes of Chaka Khan, Jamie Callum, Frank McComb, Level 42, and John Schofield, and played Australia's most prestigious music venue, The Sydney Opera House.
Fronted by Mark Palmer (organ/wurly/vocals) and Anthea White (lead vocals), the duo formed their unique partnership in a high rise in the centre of Tokyo, Japan. Their debut album, Something's Gonna Start is an eclectic and instantly engaging mix of new school funk, soul and jazz, with some heavy blues and the occasional rock-out moment. It features an almost entirely original set of songs and some outstanding string and horn arrangements from Australia's funk'n'soul guru, Jackie Orszaczky.
Both on stage and on disc the band delivers a big, warm sound that only comes through an exceptional 8 piece line-up of lead vocals, keys, drums, bass, guitar, horn section and backing vocals. Rather than rely on recycling well worn standards they have developed a complete songbook of original songs, ranging from soulful moody ballads to fiery dance floor shakers.
In just a short space of time The Hipstones have made a big impression on the local scene performing at the 3rd Annual Sydney Funk & Soul Festival and sharing the stage with Renee Geyer and Jackie Orszaczky at a sensational show in The Studio at The Sydney Opera House. Sydney's Opera Bar, were quoted describing The Hipstones as "Sydney's newest soul sensation". Their numerous performances on the top rating Kerri-Anne Morning show were so well received that they were asked to be the first ever "House Band" on the show.
On the International scene, The Hipstones shared the bill with the likes of Chaka Khan, Jamie Callum, Frank McComb, at the Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia, with a massive 100,000 festival attendees. Their Indonesia tour also included the Hard Rock Café in Bali and a more intimate show at a club in Bandung.
7 Piece / Anthea White-Vocals, Mark Palmer-Vocals/keys, Victor Rounds-Bass, Tim Firth-Drums, Asli-BV's, Matt Ottignon-Sax, James Greening-Trombone.
8 Piece add / Jon Pease-Guitar
9 Piece add / Simone Ferenci-Trumpet
10 Piece add / Joy Yates-BV's