Wayne Connolly began as a singer/songwriter in his teens. In 1992 he formed an acoustic rock duo with his friend producing a number of recorded sessions on a 4 track. At the same time Wayne and co formed a band called Erotic Jesus. Their sound was raw & abrasive influenced greatly by Jane’s Addiction & The Clash. In early 1993, on Wayne’s 18th birthday, Erotic Jesus played a legendary performance at the Geelong scout hall. To gauge the brilliance of the gig, the hall went up in a blaze of flames….literally.
The bands dissolution in 1994 saw Wayne begin the first of thousands of home recordings. One session resulted in his mellow acoustic cassette titled “Hunting Pigs with Wayne”, this was closely followed by his two 20-plus track CD releases entitled “Young dumb scum” and “The Real Spoil”. “The Real Spoil” features his anthem song “Mentally Stable” which is still played today. It epitomizes his emotive sound at the time, this being a period baring the stamp of his unmistakably unique and screwy view on life.
In 1999 at the age of 24, having completed Uni, Wayne(Guitar) teamed up with Danielle Jokic(Bass) and Helen Blyth(Drums) to create the Teenage Pro’s. By this stage Wayne was writing & composing all the songs and his creative socket was tuned into playing guitar. The Teenage Pro’s combined different styles of music from punk, to classic pop/rock to produce a dynamic, original sound. The group disbanded in 2002 with the relocation of the bassist to North America.
Wayne began work on his next solo album.
In the winter of 2003 he hooked up Joel Robinson(Drums) and then recruited his buddy of 10 years, DaveJ(Bass), to form The Convulsions. Collaborating their talents of blistering guitar and bass riffs and solid primal drumming The Convulsions adopted a heavier approach, inspired by rock legends The Melvins and masters of pop Ween. The Convulsions become a fixture on the local music scene, still building a solid fan base.
Currently, Wayne has just completed a demoing for a new solo album which expands upon ...Suitably Vague in sophistication and style. The 8 track EP “Suitably Vague” was recorded in 8 consecutive days with the renowned songwriter/producer Glenn Cardier after a chance meeting of minds. The eclectic mix of songs and his ability to write 'outside-the-box' songs that are still accessible to the listener proves him to be an extremely versatile musician/vocalist. In Wayne's own words he "doesnt force anything, if it doesn't want to be written then that's ok with me". In 2004 this relaxed attitude saw him write and record over 200 songs and he is currently preparing a new full-length album which he describes as "last years best demos".
Based on his previous offerings this next one will be a feast to the ears. Stayed tuned in late 2006 and remember “that while the good die young, the best remain forever young.”*
*Andrew loog Oldham