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Art of Fighting

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Melbourne, Australia (1995 – present)

Art of Fighting is an indie rock band from Melbourne, Australia.

The band formed in 1995 as a duo, with Ollie Browne playing guitar and Peggy Frew on bass, with both taking turns on vocals. The couple were also in a romantic relationship at this time, though they were to split amicably later.

They were joined six months later by drummer Cameron Grant, and over the following two years released two demo tapes, the first self-titled and the second named The Angry Man. Two of the tracks from the latter, “The Chorus is Suffering” and ‘You and Me on Mars” were included on the Wonder From A Quarter Acre compilation put out by Au Go Go in 1998.

In 1997, the trio began recording The Very Strange Year. During touring for this EP but before its release, Ollie Browne’s brother, Miles Browne, joined the group playing guitar and trumpet. The Very Strange Year was released on Half a Cow at the end of 1998.

In the middle of 1999 the foursome began recording another EP for Half a Cow, Empty Nights, which was released in November of that year. Cameron Grant left the band in late 2000, being replaced on drums by Marty Brown (also of Sodastream).

Following a move to Trifekta Records, in 2001 the band recorded their debut full-length album, Wires. The album was successful and went on to win an ARIA award for Best Alternative Release, beating the more high-profile You Am I, Something for Kate and Magic Dirt. Not expecting to win, they were famously told of their prize while packing up after a gig in Germany, on their first European tour.

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  • jerrycruncher

    Where to download?

    15 Jan 3:40pm Reply
  • Deeecember

    даа приятная музыка.

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • flawlesly

    skeletons ♥

    3 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Mmoloko

    хороши ребята

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Zaimondos

    Monob: Actually, first time I saw these guys was in Tokyo in 2004 - they seem to have quite a decent following in Japan but don't know how often they tour there.

    6 Nov 2010 Reply
  • caPnGeez

    if anyone can send me a link to "Second Storey" at 320kbps I'll go down on them, in spirit :)

    9 Jul 2010 Reply
  • taylor2008

    great band

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • monob

    My favourite band! Please come to Japan!

    14 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Blijmeisje

    A year later and I stand by my comment of oct 2008 It's turning colder again etc... This time am in love with "reasons are all I have left". Wish they were much bigger and I could see them live. If you love this kind of mellow aussie pop, please listen to the Middle East, cause that is stunnin as well. (and the Panics are pretty good too)

    2 Nov 2009 Reply
  • threespacemen

    Also - and this is a bit of a blatant plug - if you like AOF, you should definitely check out Heligoland: http://www.last.fm/music/Heligoland

    25 Jul 2009 Reply
  • threespacemen

    Heart Translation and Waiting are definitely two of the most beautiful songs ever written. And if you ever get the chance to see Ollie play solo, jump at the chance. It's pure magic.

    25 Jul 2009 Reply
  • drunkonline

    "Mysteries" best song ever

    28 May 2009 Reply
  • JagoSan

    Хорошая музыка))) мне нра ! >__^

    30 Mar 2009 Reply
  • misanthropians

    love

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • cryspring

    Break for me这首,Ollie Brown刚开始的声音真像No Suprise里的Thom York啊~

    22 Feb 2009 Reply
  • tricksterisweak

    amazing,incredible...along the run made me emotional when i first listened to it and then i decided to download all of their songs.I'm so glad to find this so special band :))

    27 Jan 2009 Reply
  • petakina

    my god, i love this band

    11 Dec 2008 Reply
  • LE_DANZER

    Fantastic music, can't believe I'm a top listener, it's dissapointing that not many people have heart of AOF. Promise to introduce my friends to them!

    7 Dec 2008 Reply
  • fergusmcphail

    <3

    20 Nov 2008 Reply
  • ulinvodnaar

    The Very Strange Year is a masterpiece!

    1 Nov 2008 Reply
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