“Technicolour rock, in the age of beige” Beat magazine
Fireballs are recognised by many as Australia’s first and foremost psychobilly band, a reputation credited to their early beginnings and their present longevity. From inception the idea was to capture a flavour that would recognise their original rockabilly roots and their love of playing hard ‘n’ fast. Heavily influenced by double bass driven international bands, such as The Stray Cats, Batmobile, Mad Sin and the Klingonz, Fireballs ambitiously aimed to carve out their own niche in a smaller Melbourne scene.
Rolling Stone magazine were impressed with Fireballs efforts in 1997… “they will provide you with a religious epiphany that will overshadow anything this side of another Cramps album.”
Eddie Fury, Joe Phantom and Matt Black, the original three members may have started by playing at rockabilly gigs – however they set themselves apart with a hybrid sound of metal and punk influenced by the local hardcore sounds that were emerging from Melbourne at the time - such as Depression, Radio Birdman and Beasts of Bourbon.
“A fusion of punk, 60s styled rock and straight-out thrash, nothing can hold these guys back…” Hot Metal magazine
However, it is a large sound and production that has ultimately set Fireballs well apart from their rockabilly and psychobilly contemporaries as a talented and innovative band that aren’t afraid to push the limits and who are competent in entertaining large audiences.
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