“In a world where starting off a biography with "In a world where" is the norm, The Southern River Band are apparently no different. In the very same world, where labeling oneself is encouraged, where being able to describe one’s style is expected, The Southern River Band neither know, nor care how to fit themselves into these pigeonholes. Head south on Perth's so-called "Freeway", jump on Roe Highway, hang a right on Nicholson Road, go through the busiest roundabout in Australia, and you'll find yourself in Thornlie, the home of The Southern River Band. A country town in the heart of the suburbs, where the jukeboxes stock very little other than the very same songs you would've heard reverberating out of them in 1970's. They say you're a product of your surroundings, who are "they"? Nobody knows. But, they're not far wrong. You're bound to find one of the boys recycling their spare change, putting on 'Come Back Again' for the 3rd time in the space of 4 hours on any given Friday arvo.”
Within the first year of formation, The Southern River Band has literally gone from playing to a handful of people and the bar staff at The Thornlie Tavern in Perth’s south east corner to becoming one of Australia’s most popular and exciting new acts. Rock and roll with a dash of Boogie Woogie and a sprinkle of Country, or as one guy at the bar once told us, “Just sounds like a goddamn Saturday night”.
The band’s musicianship, stage presence and exceptional live performance quickly earned them the title ‘The band I told you about…’ and were nominated for WAM’s “Most Popular Live Act” award of 2016 & 2017.
Influenced by the purest rock and roll bands of the 70’s and 80’s, from timeless melodies written by Bob Seger and Glenn Frey to heavier riffs in Van Halen and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band’s plethora of songs covers various genres, all delivered in the explosive SRB style.
SRB has received a firm nod from members of Status Quo, The Angels, Pond, You Am I, The Stems, Cosmic Psychos, Karnivool and Ian Moss.
“These boys don’t fuck around, Cal Kramer is possibly the best front man in Australia” - X-Press Mag (AUS)
“The Western Australian juggernaut pumped out one of the most entertaining and genuinely thrilling performances to grace Queenscliff in years.” - Beat Magazine (VIC, AUS)
“These boys have built a reputation around boozin’, schmoozin’ and bruisin’ . The Southern River Band now have their sights set on world domination.” - Happy Mag (AUS)
“The Southern River Band are making a name for themselves around Perth as the cure and cause of Saturday night fever” - The West Australian Newspaper (WA, AUS)
“In less than twelve months they have risen from an overdressed Tavern band to being placed firmly on the map as one of WA’s premier rock bands and seem to be rocketing further into the realms of stardom just as quickly. I will certainly be watching this band again and implore those reading this to hurry down to the very next show you can, the live show is the only way to truly experience the sweet chaos of this act. The local act’s rise to power over the last 12 months has been monumental” - Avenoir Magazine (WA, AUS)
“The night began with The Southern River Band taking to the stage and boy did they lead the crowd in a rock-n-roll dance party. Featuring behind the head guitar solos, on stage appearances from parents and hints of some Van Halen like goodness.” - Colosoul Magazine (WA, AUS)
“One of These Nights (I’ll Be Gone)’ its seven feel good minutes of classic guitar drenched rock n roll.” - TONEDEAF (AUS)
“Best band in Australia” - Dom Mariani (The Stems)
- Nominated for WAM “Most Popular Live Act” 2017 award
- Nominated for WAM “Most Popular Live Act” 2016 award