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Melbourne, Australia (2002 – 2012)

Trial Kennedy were an alternative rock band from Melbourne, Victoria that formed in 2002. The band’s name came from a music teacher, Mark Kennedy. When the band met in high school, they were all seeing Kennedy as their guitar tutor.”We all ‘trialled’ off him”, noted guitarist Stacey Gray. He also notes- “I don’t think we ever really took it (the band) seriously, until we decided to change our name to `Trial Kennedy’. After that, things started to happen.”

The band initially released an independent EP, Present for a Day, in 2004. However, it was not until 2006’s Pictureframe EP that the band received prope recognition. A chance inclusion of the band’s song “Damage on Parade” on a sampler for Blunt Magazine roused industry attention. Shortly afterwards, the band found themselves with both a manager and a national booking agent.

The band initially toured with local Melbournian acts. As their reputation increased, tours would involve a variety of popular Australian rock bands, including Gyroscope, The Hot Lies, Kisschasy, Cog, and Horsell Common, whom the band would later record the split EP The Birds and The Bees. The band would also tour with popular international bands, such as Fall Out Boy and Yellowcard. The band played the 2007 and 2008 Soundwave Festival tours at various dates.

On May 31, 2008, the band released their long awaited debut album, New Manic Art. The album was produced by Nick DiDia, who has worked with Powderfinger, the Stone Temple Pilots, Incubus and Audioslave. It was followed up by a second LP, Living Undesigned, in 2011.


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  • tammy_87

    They remind me of Bayside a little bit..

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • seether112

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I liked there music

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Ninty

    Another awesome Australian band breaking up... :(

    16 Apr 2012 Reply
  • TheCreatedVoid1

    V Not really, Kim's voice is a little higher and Tim's has a certian feel to it that makes it more unique.

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • the_human_clamp

    has anyone else noticed how similar the singers voice sounds to kim benzie of dlc?

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Milky-Sheep

    bout time we get a new album. enjoying it so far!

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • mogi9999

    The idiot who tagged this as emo should be tortured with emo. [2]

    30 Mar 2011 Reply
  • ineedcoffee21

    Nice tracks cooking there! :D

    18 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Wipqozn

    Strange Behaviour for the Hottest 100!

    22 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Ninty

    The new songs are sounding awesome from seeing them live tonight...

    31 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Rowan5215

    Aargh, new some new stuff NOW

    29 Oct 2010 Reply
  • bborda4life

    come to peth soooooon please.

    6 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Vardenaar

    The idiot who tagged this as emo should be tortured with emo.

    5 Oct 2010 Reply
  • bap175

    I'm sure that i'm the only french listening to this fantastic band.... Nothing about it in :( Aussie scene is gorgeous!

    14 Jul 2010 Reply
  • BruisedSun

    I totally adore this band!! Amazing voice.

    29 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Pryde

    Please vote for your favorite artists to get them promoted in The Australian and N.Z. Rock Artists League!!!

    16 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Rowan5215

    @ slave-guard: You can buy "Popular" from the iTunes.

    15 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Wipqozn

    Tim has my favorite voice ever! Nice guys too

    13 Jan 2010 Reply
  • bowmeister

    Had a good time at the acoustic set today! Really looking forward to the next album release

    10 Jan 2010 Reply
  • seether112

    very nice and good music from this band...thx

    28 Dec 2009 Reply
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