Artist Feature: The Urban Chiefs

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The Urban Chiefs are a psyche–blues–stoner–rock band from Tamworth NSW. Blake Saban (Guitars & Vox) and Glendon Finlay (Drumcussion) have been changing people’s perspective of what a ‘band’ should look and sound like since 2009. The pair’s huge sound is due to Blake’s unique set up of playing his array of customer guitars through two guitar amps, a bass amp and an acoustic DI signal. Combine this with his powerhouse gravelly vocal stylings and Glendon’s tribal and at times frantic, percussive drum style and you have an Australian two piece like no other.

There is so much happening on stage that often people are mistaken in thinking that the guys are using samples or pre-recorded material but everything you hear is being produced b the Chiefs as it happens! The duo have been making a name for themselves all up and down the East Coast of Australia playing festivals and venues to receptive audiences from Cairns down to Tassie and everywhere in between.

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Rhiannon Cooper