Imagine you could fuse the driving force of power pop, great melodies and singer songwriter musings delivered with a new wave urgency. Throw them in the oven and cook slowly. You might also sprinkle Beatlesque turns, traces of a Phil Spector production and some unusual chord arrangements to create a musical tension that occurs when certain sound waves collide.
Victor Stranges grew up in a city in industrial Melbourne (Australia) and as a teenager in the 1980s he played in underground punk group, Drunk ‘n’ Disorderly. This Clash/Stiff Little Fingers infused experience was a common one for Melbourne bands at the time; loud music, beer, violence and, er...more beer. Some fourteen people were hospitalised from one show alone. Billed with other great Australian acts at the time including Weddings Parties Anything, The Johnnys, Celibate Rifles and Bastard Squad, the band gained a reputation for drawing a loyal and enthusiastic following.
The punk movement was the catalyst for an interesting musical direction and drawing from such great writers as Strummer/Jones, Elvis Costello and Ray Davies, Victor embarked on a journey of thumbing through their songbooks. He played in several Australian groups including Caravan and more recently, Victor Stranges & The Methinks. “Heading Back To You” (2002) was recorded with his group, The Methinks, and featured Michael Stranges on bass/guitar (Ripe, Kim Salmon, Morning After Girls), Darren Aquilina on drums (Dada, Klown) and David Milne (Red Ant, Ice Cream Hands, Charles Jenkins & The Zhivagos) on piano/organ/keys.
A new album titled "Hello Me To You" was released in September 2009. Victor is currently playing with a new line up of The Methinks (Alex Reoch and Darren Aquilina). The first single (Hello Me To You) from the new album was released to independent and community radio in Australia on September 4th 2009. Nearly 100 stations nationally added the song including the Home Brew Network covering 60 stations alone. The single was released to Australian commercial radio in early March 2010 and will be followed by a release in the United States.
The single has gained traction from various industry types including Charles Foskett (producer for Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Richard Thompson, Elvis Costello) and Edwyn Collins (U.K. singer songwriter), who are both fans of the track. In addition, "Hello Me To You" was named as one of the Best Albums of 2009 by Pop Underground. The album ranked 114 out of a possible 200. Pop Underground is a community of writers, musicians, industry observers and fans united in their love of insanely great popular music. A distribution deal in March 2010 with Bruce Brodeen's Not Lame Recordings has ensured that the album receives exposure to the worldwide powerpop community.
As songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Victor has followed an artistic vision and produced music that has been spinning around in his head for years. This is ear candy that speaks to the soul...turn it up!