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They have been called “one of the best bands of their kind” by the editor of Drumbeat Magazine, but Invisible Boy almost never played a note together.
In 2003, the band’s founder took a vow of musical silence. “Music was kind of taking over my life,” Townsend said. “But after a long time it became clear that I was meant to be singing – not to get applause, but to give a gift. This is what the band is all about.”

Today the five unlikely friends are widely known for their lively and hopeful acoustic folk-pop, as well as their unique ability to connect deeply with an audience.

Cuthbertson’s singing can bring a bustling pub to a quiet hush; Townsend is a great storyteller; McKinnon performs with his heart on his sleeve; Glesain alternates between percussionist and comedian while Parsons does his best to keep a straight face amongst all the fun.

Their debut album, We’re Going to Hang Your Picture High was released independently in November 2008. Recorded by Tasmusic’s Carl Fidler (The Dead Abigails), Hang Your Picture is as much an album as it is a journey.

The opening track, If People Could Put Rainbows in Zoos They Would sees Townsend without a penny or a prayer, submitting himself to whoever it is that provides the weather.

From there, the listener is transported from the edge of despair (To Fall Away, With My Hands) to hope (The Boy Who Couldn’t Change the World, Mother Daughter) and a celebration of life (Willow Rain).

If CDs were records, the listener would find the B-Side to Hang Your Picture to be a less undulating path.

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