Image courtesy of Olivers Army
The occurrence of two family members making music together is so common now that it’s hardly worth mentioning. It just seems to make sense. The comfort, honesty and mutual understanding that underpin a close sibling relationship create the perfect environment for inspired music to be made. Musical twins, a less common but not unheard-of occurrence, could only experience similar and amplified benefits. Ryan and Todd Oliver, the twins of Olivers Army from the Barossa Valley wine region north of Adelaide seem to exemplify this assumption with their small collection of memorable, chorus driven songs which they describe as “Alternative Atmospheric Folk Rock”.
The brothers enjoyed a rich wave of hype last year, playing some great gigs in Adelaide, getting some radio airplay and having three songs in the top ten of Triple J’s unearthed charts at once. A lengthy hiatus this year has seen that hype dwindle somewhat, but as of last weekend, the guys are back on stage with a bunch of new songs and a full band with new members Adrian Plevin and James Pounsett from Jupiter Lead and Ryan Hutcheson from The Temps.
With their new EP being launched at the Governor Hindmarsh venue next February, Olivers Army have a lot of work to do to get their names back on the lips of local punters. Boasting a sound from which parallels can be drawn to that of Coldplay (but with a distinctly Australian, Powderfinger-like structure and vibe), they have every chance of experiencing some more national exposure with the upcoming EP.
The clip below is of Ryan and Todd performing “Help Me Find My Way” live in the Radio Adelaide studio, and filmed by Ryan Polei, whose collection of live Adelaide music videos is well worth checking out.
Country of Origin: Australia (Adelaide)
Sounds Like: Coldplay, Jonathon Boulet, Bernard Fanning
File Under: Alternative Folk- Rock