|Posted by icemanagement on December 21, 2008 at 7:55 PM|
Argus is a 4 piece band that formed in Tasmania at the end of 2005. In October 2007, Argus was signed to Warrior Records in Hollywood L.A, with a worldwide “Universal Music Group Distribution” deal. Argus’ debut album will be released through Warrior/UMGD February 2009.
Early 2006, Argus landed a Licensing and Publishing promotional deal through Australian Music Marketing Abroad, for 3 songs and a 1/4 page spread in the 25th issue of their magazine, next to artists like "Cuba Gooding", "Don Johnson" and "Elvis Costello", the magazine was showcased at Midem-France and Popkomm-Germany.
From the month of September to October 2006 at Garageband.com, one of Argus’ first demo songs recorded was voted (by the public)
Best male vocals
Track of the Day on 20 Sept 2006 in Experimental Rock
Argus has played for many charity events including the Tasmanian Wilderness society, Tasmanian Raptor Refuge and the Blue Tiers Festival. Focussing on environmental issues and the preservation of native wildlife. lead singer Mat Bond has worked as a ranger for the Tasmanian Reptile Rescue service for the past 5 years, relocating Tiger snakes, Copperhead’s and other reptiles.
Lead singer / songwriter / guitarist Mat Bond, originally from Papua New Guinea (a Tasmanian expatriate born in Lae-Morobe Province) was exposed to local Papua New Guinean cultural music from birth, made his first electric bass guitar at age 7 and was given a dulcimer at age 8, Mat was also lucky enough to receive classical guitar lessons before his family moved to Tasmania, when Mat was 15. At 16 Mat began classical vocal training before singing for a number of local Hobart bands. After years being a part of the local Tasmanian music and film scene, in 2004 Mat was asked to play in Miami at the "Hot Wet Miami Beach show" on the strength of one of his film soundtrack demos, but living on the other side of the world ended this idea without funding. Instead, he was made Artist of the month, August 2004 on the show’s promotional web site. Mat then formed the beginnings of Argus with Peter Milic and was asked to perform at the Blue Tiers Festival (Tasmania) at the end of 2005.
Originally from Adelaide, Peter Milic (Bass) has been playing different instruments in various outfits around Australia and Europe for the past 20 years. Peter’s influences include: Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, David Burn, Devo, Radio Birdman, and MC5.
Trent Spice (on drums) had been playing away in a place called Huonville, Tasmania until he was enlisted. Trent’s influences include : Pavement, Sonic Youth, and Pink Floyd.
Campbell Murphy (Keyboards) had been in different Australian outfits over the years, including supporting "Daryl Braithwaite" and "Spy vs Spy" - while on their national tours. One evening down the line, he got on stage with Argus at a club, he’s never left. Campbell’s influences include: The Doors, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and a whole lot of Blues.
Campbell completes the group, which enables Argus to deliver its energetic, melody-based songs and passionate rock ballads in a way Mat couldn’t do on his own.
The unique flavour Argus fronts, comes from its members colourful archive of musical tastes and lifelong love of music.