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The Jane Austen Argument


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Melbourne, Australia (2009 – present)

The Jane Austen Argument are a Melbourne, Australia-based indie cabaret noir duo who combine raw ballads and sharp tongues with chaotic abandon and overtones of anti-folk and punk love.

Brought together through a chance cigarette break encounter (I have a cabaret show and need a pianist. I’m a cabaret pianist in need of a show…), a shared love of Regina Spektor, Nick Cave, dressups and theatrical musical convention, The Jane Austen Argument’s Tom Dickins and Jen Kingwell have been playing together since around September 2009, although it mostly seems a lot longer.

From their very first performances together, the obvious connection that the two share onstage, along with their passion for performance and emotionally captivating songs, has made The Jane Austen Argument almost compulsive watching. They’re just as likely to be found playing intimate house gigs and guerilla Twitnics (gigs in parks publicised via Twitter) as ‘serious’ gigs at venues from the Northcote Social Club to the Sydney Opera House.


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  • Lentron

    Just.... Bad Wine and Lemon Cake

    18 May 6:13pm Reply
  • Chilailuna


    19 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Shuleek

    Well, The Birthday Party was the name of Nick Cave's first band (well, originally The Boys Next Door, but whatever), so it's understandable. And agreed, they are awesome, shame they don't seem to be working on new stuff together (though they each have same other cool projects).

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Andre_L-

    Still laughing with my "Birthday Party"... Nowadays they are some of my favourite artists in music

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Motverkande

    Brilliant. Thanks to Amanda Palmer for revealing such wonderful music to me. [2]

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • KaoruTakarai88

    I'm deeply in love.

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Shuleek

    @Andre_L- - Probably because it's The Birthing Pyre? Try their bandcamp, if you're still looking for it (and if you see this :D).

    31 Dec 2012 Reply
  • NefandusDeus

    Wonderful music.

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • blimpofevil

    My favorite band of all time :)

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Andre_L-

    I can't find a download link for The Birthing Party u.u

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • phonakins

    Just got heir new album, Somewhere Under the Rainbow <3

    24 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Fantasyst

    Just download it on their bandcamp. Unlike bigass top-selling major label musicians, Tom and Jen actually need the money to continue making music.

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • nepatikau

    Can somebody send their songs for me?:) skypename: nepatikau

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ChrisTeam

    New single "Holes" has lyrics written by Neil Gaiman. As if they needed any help to write fantastic lyrics and great songs.

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Fantasyst

    They're recording their debut as we speak, I'm so looking forward to it!

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
  • RealJaco

    Totally agree with @Whisperes it's a cute and talented band with great voices&music! I enjoyed their performance extremely much

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ChrisTeam

    lovely, just lovely.

    29 Aug 2011 Reply
  • atomicupcake

    Saw them live in melbourne, and instantly fell in love :) <3

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • turquoise666


    7 Jun 2011 Reply
  • schizovivian

    Brilliant. Thanks to Amanda Palmer for revealing such wonderful music to me.

    20 Apr 2011 Reply
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