Sally Chicane is a four piece band from Canberra, Australia. Their style could fit under the broad banner of “alternative rock”, however the group blends influences from classic rock, metal, punk, indie, funk, and grunge. The members of Sally Chicane are inspired by The Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Talking Heads, Primus, Iron Maiden, Motorhead and The Butterfly Effect.
Sally Chicane was born in late 2014, when songwriters Kristy and Michael began writing music together. With a promising arsenal of songs, they enlisted friends Andrew on bass and John on drums.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Kristy has been playing in bands since the 90’s, back in the height of the grunge explosion. She was the songwriter and guitarist of Darwin all-girl band “Bleach”, receiving Triple J airplay and performing on ABC television show “Recovery”. After Bleach, she went on to form art punk band “Hamble”, then rap / rock band “Lo Debar”, with John on drums. Sometime after that, she moved to Canberra and continued to write songs drawing from interesting and varied life experiences. She has played hundreds of live shows, and had the opportunity to support bands such as “ The Superjesus”, “The Screaming Jets”, and “The Sweet.”
On backing vocals and guitar is Michael. The baby of the group, he first learned flute at age eleven. Quickly becoming passionate about creating music, he learned many other instruments and ways to make music. After playing in many unsuccessful garage bands previously, Michael jumped at the opportunity to write and play with the more experienced front-woman Kristy.
On Bass guitar is Andrew. A natural and highly skilled bassist, Andrew also performs for one of Canberra’s hardest working bands “The Crushers”, who are about to release their second album after 18 months of playing together. The Crushers are well known for the fun atmosphere they bring to a venue and their exciting live show.
On Drums is John. A keen artist and a good ear for music. From his early 20’s, John began playing the drums for a bit of fun and to get over the boredom. Supported by his parents, they would often defend him when the locals complained about the noise. John became heavily involved in the Darwin Metal scene playing with the band “Genocide.” After a string of other appearances he first met Sally Chicane front-woman Kristy while performing for “Lo Debar.” Some years and a geographical change later John was approached in late 2014 by Kristy and Michael, excited to bring his unique style to the group.
Sally Chicane’s tracks