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Hearing the new single from Calling All Cars saturating the airwaves in the last six months is like hearing a new band. In what is an almighty and powerful, sharp sonic left turn, the Melbourne trio returned to the forefront of the nation’s musical mind with the sexy and swaggering ‘Werewolves’, a track that busts open the door to a brave new world for Calling All Cars and the release of their forthcoming third album.
Of course any experimentation heard here should come as no shock to those who have followed the band’s skyward trajectory since their 2008 inception – they’ve never travelled the safe road or conformed to any kind of pre-conceived notion. Featuring two brothers – Haydn Ing (vocals/guitars) and James Ing (drums) – and a cousin – Adam Montgomery (bass) – the band dropped their debut longplayer Hold, Hold, Fire in 2010, spawning five high-rotation singles (‘Hold Hold Fire’, ‘Run Away’, ‘Disconnect’, ‘Animal’ and ‘Not Like Anybody’) on national youth broadcaster triple j.
This empowered them to tour relentlessly on the back of the album, picking up a nomination for an AiR Award for Best Rock Album along the way. A second album – Dancing With A Dead Man – appeared in 2011, quickly trumping its predecessor with a #20 ARIA Album Chart debut, a pair of nominations at the AiR Awards for Best Rock Album and APRA Song of the Year (for lead single ‘Reptile’) and a Feature Album on triple j.
It’s their chaotic and electric live reputation that has arguably served them even better than the wide-spread acclaim of their releases to date – on top of a string of headline tours, Calling All Cars have supported the cream of the rock crop in a star-swollen list that includes AC/DC, Queens of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Green Day and Biffy Clyro as well as appearing regularly at many Australian festivals and touring with the Big Day Out in 2012.
This brings us right up to date in 2013, a year spent in the studio working on album number three with producers Steve Schram (Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes, Eagle and The Worm, Little Birdy, The Vasco Era) and Tom Larkin (Shihad, Strangers, Young and Restless, Bodyjar, The Getaway Plan). Mixing duties were handled by the Grammy Award-winning Tchad Blake (Pearl Jam, The Black Keys, Peter Gabriel).
Refusing to sit still, the band continued to tour over and over, not letting any momentum as one of the greatest and most hard-working bands in the country escape them. The tools for their third album release are in place – one song – ‘Raise The People’ - was leaked to the band’s rabid fanbase and was quickly followed with ‘Werewolves’, the first official single-proper
With their third long player confirmed for an early 2014 release, if these first steps are anything to go by, it’s set to be another mammoth 2014 for Calling All Cars.