Screamfeeder have been around since 1990. We formed out of the remain's of Tim's old band The Madmen, when he moved them to Brisbane in 1989 and met Kellie. Soon enough she was in the band. We remained the same until 1995 when drummer Dean Shwereb replaced Tony Blades. Since 2000 we have been playing with an extra live guitarist, Mr Darek Mudge.
We live in Brisbane, Australia and have released 8 albums.
Here's the official guff on our latest two releases.
(the official) press release August 2004
The Screamfeeder story is a long one but a simple one. Three Brisbane kids start pumping out albums full of noisy infectious rock in the early 90s and gain critical acclaim wherever they go. Twelve years later and their accomplishments are many: recording with the country's top producers / regulars on the festival circuit / regular hi-rotation on JJJ and Rage / overseas releases and touring / a dedicated and passionate following in Australia and overseas / 7 albums, and a huge handful of great singles... all finally together in the same place, on their new album INTRODUCING: SCREAMFEEDER Singles & More 1992-2004.
A collection of all their hits & Triple J favourites such as DART, STATIC, Hi Cs, TRIPLE HOOK, 12345, ABOVE THE DOVE, MR TUBA, STOPLESS & BUNNY, as well as select tracks which have been successful in their own right, including their awesome cover of Style Council's WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN. It spans 12 years of consistent quality work for the band, and with a great range of songs and styles will undoubtedly appeal to fans and anyone who has heard any of these songs on the radio through the years alike. Put simply, this is an essential album for any fan of Australian Indie Rock/Pop and is a great introduction for those who up until now may not have experienced in full the brilliance that is Screamfeeder.
screamfeeder take you apart
(the official) press release july 2003
So, Dean (Shwereb, our drummer) started listening to all these old soul records where the drums are all tiny and panned hard to one side, and the snare's always on the "ONE!" beat, the tambourine's really loud and the guitars STAB! He was hooked, and the "soul beat" was to become one of his favourites.
2002, we wrote a bunch of songs really quickly, all together in the room, Kellie (Lloyd, bass and singing) would often play keyboards just for inspiration and a quick melody, and we put the least amount of chords possible over the top to complete the structure. Verses were repetitive and almost monotone in nature, with choruses jumping out in directions that we wanted, or, expected them to.. we've all been through the songwriting fads and phases, having clever key changes and unexpected twists and turns within songs, and this time we didn't need any of it.
Simplicity, and the soul beat, were the keys.
The next stage was to record it all quickly and spontaneously. We called Magoo, he was down. We hit the studio in three separate sessions and knocked down the tracks with minimal fuss. A couple of takes per song, no editing, no tuning of vocals to make them sound "radio". We returned to our mixing 3 songs in a day mode of operation and got the album finished in no time.
screamfeeder take you apart is the result. 12 songs that we're happy with, that represent the three individuals who make up this band. Dean drives the songs along with the ever energetic soul beat, Kellie keeps the bass and keyboards in check and provides some words and vocals, and Tim (Steward, guitars and singing) does the stabbing guitars and vocals.
Flour LP 1992
Burn out Your Name LP 1993
Felicitator EP 1994
Fill Yourself With Music LP 1995
Seven Year Glitch double LP 1996
Kitten Licks LP 1997
Closing Alsaka EP (U.S.) 1997
Kitten Licks (U.S.) 1999
Home Age mini LP 1999
Rocks On The Soul LP 2000
Take You Apart LP 2003
Introducing: Screamfeeder LP 2004