Dallas Crane is an Australian rock band with a timeless sound: that of denim and scuffed boots and twanging guitars.  With a new single ‘Get Off The Dope’ and what will be one of their final shows before the launch of their long awaited 5th album, Dallas Crane hit Albury’s SS&A Club Saturday September 19.

Originally formed under the name Tempered Kin in 1996, the group consisting of Dave Larkin (vocals, guitar), Shane Vanderwert (drums), Pete Satchell (guitar), and Chris Brodie (bass) got their start in Melbourne, Victoria. Their early rehearsals took place after hours in a transport company’s truck yard, the rent paid in beer. A change of name was dedicated to that company: Dallas Crane Transport. After two years of steady gigging they recorded their debut album, Lent, entirely financed on their own. On its back they toured with heroes of theirs, You Am I, striking up a friendship with lead singer Tim Rogers. Rogers would later convince them to lend a cover of the Missing Links’ song “Wild About You” to the soundtrack of the movie Dirty Deeds.

It wasn’t until the release of their second album, 2000’s Twenty Four Seven, that the band came to widespread media attention. That album was declared Album of the Week by Beat Magazine and Rock Record of the Summer by In-Press. Bassist Chis Brodie was replaced by Pat Bourke when the band signed to Albert Productions. With their help in 2004 they released a self-titled album, which was nominated for three ARIA awards. That year they won an Australian Live Music Award for Best Live Band. Problems with their distributor — Festival Mushroom was bought by Warner before they were passed on to Sony BMG, all in the space of a year — delayed their next album, Factory Girls, until 2006. They used the extra time well, recording six more songs than originally planned, all of which made it onto the album. It was received well, making their first dent in the album charts.

After a grueling schedule that saw the band on the road for nearly eleven years the band finished the touring season with a headline spot at Melbourne’s St.Kilda Festival. After a lengthy stay as one of Australia’s hardest working live and recording acts, the band decided to take a well deserved break.

They reunited briefly after being asked to join the legendary UK rock act The Who on a stadium tour of Australia, joining the band for six arena dates that included a prime spot at Melbourne’s Grand Prix in 2009.

Like all great rock’n roll stories Dallas Crane are back in 2015 with the release of their new single ‘Get Off The Dope’. Having blitzed crowds with the live debut of new material during their national tour in January, Dallas Crane promise audiences a first look at the remaining songs for the record before its release later this year. Catch Dallas Crane at SS&A Club, Albury on Saturday September 19. Free Entry.

Derived from Artist Biography by Jody Macgregor