Beats on the Beach promoter Sam Speaight was so blown away by local rock band Tentative at the New Years Day festival that he promptly signed them to his Sydney label Audiotrade.
While its not a record deal as such, Sam said they would be providing significant management support, initially securing gigs for the band on the Australian festival circuit. They would also help the band record its debut EP Just Quietly, which is due for release in mid-2007.
Their performance at Beats on the Beach was incredible, absolutely amazing. We were involved in serious discussions prior to that, but the performance clinched it for us, Sam said. Their songwriting is incredible and thats the key. I believe their overall sonic identity really suits the US market. They have the potential to do big things.
Sam is now keen to start promoting the four-piece in the US and Australian markets through Triple J, Channel V and other music outlets.
Tentatives lead guitarist Todd Robinson and bass player Will Brook have dreamed of making a career out of music ever since they began playing together in the Trinity Catholic College stage band in 1999.
When vocalist Angus Fitz-Bugden and drummer Mick Crellin joined up, the two friends knew they had something special, and it seems thousands of punters at Beats on the Beach felt the same.
It was epic, Todd said of the opportunity to play alongside acts such as Pete Murray and Karnivool. The merchandising guys asked if we had any stuff to sell because people were screaming for it. Everyone seemed really impressed.
Todd said all four were addicted to playing live and with their future looking bright, they have put aside study and work commitments to focus their energy on the band.
Weve all taken a year off we want to give it 110 per cent, said Todd. If you want something bad enough you have to put in the effort and you have to be dedicated enough to make it succeed. Beats on the Beat was the break we needed to make it happen.
For more information on Tentative, live recordings and film clips, check out www.myspace.com/tentativeband.
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