Spotlight On: Olivers Army

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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


  1. Fan said,

    November 30, 2010 at 19:36

    2 things about this article – The way it’s written, It’s different and informative and i enjoyed reading it. The subject, i wanna be hearing about good bands, that play good music and have that music at my fingertips right after the article. 5 stars. I’m a fan.

  2. December 7, 2010 at 13:20

    […] and have since received the odd spin from triple j as a reward. Recent gigs with Rachel Cearns, Olivers Army and Juliet Ward as well as a couple of shows at the Fleurieu Folk Festival have ensured a strong […]

  3. December 22, 2010 at 16:28

    […] triple j unearthed chart resurgence with their single “Help Me Find My Way”- which was recently featured by Timber & Steel. As of now, the track is at number 37 on the overall charts, and still rising. If you’re in […]

  4. August 30, 2012 at 10:10

    […] in recent times- adding to their ranks a number of talented musicians including Ryan Oliver (Oliver’s Army) Todd Sibbin (Todd Sibbin & The Opposite Ends) and Emily Bettison (Fenn). The result is so […]

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