The Fauves

The Fauves

Infobox musical artist
Name = The Fauves

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Background = group_or_band
Origin = Flagicon|AUS Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Genre = Rock
Years_active = 1988–present
Label = Shock
Polydor (1993-1999)
URL = [ Official website]
Current_members = Andrew Cox
Philip Leonard
Adam Newey
Timothy Cleaver
Past_members = Andrew 'Jack' Dyer

The Fauves is an Australian rock band which came to prominence through their airplay on Triple J in the 1990s and early 2000s. They have played at the Big Day Out in both 1993 and 1997.

They had a track entitled "Get Fucked" on the "Rock Against Howard" compilation in 2004.


The band was formed in 1988 by four school friends from Mt Eliza High School on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne, Victoria. The initial line-up consisted of: Andrew Cox (guitar, vocals), Philip Leonard (guitar, vocals, brass), Andrew 'Jack' Dyer (bass), Adam Newey (drums). The band took its name from the art movement Fauvism, which was characterised by both its intensity and infatuation with colour.

After releasing several EPs and singles, the band came to wider attention when they appeared on the bill of the first Big Day Out national tour in early 1993. In October of that year they signed to Polydor Records, and released their debut long player "Drive Through Charisma".

The computer game Quarantine released in 1994 featured The Fauves' song "The Driver Is You" on the soundtrack.

The band released several more albums on Polydor, including 1996's successful "Future Spa". It yielded considerable Triple J Hottest 100 success, with "Dogs Are The Best People" at #20 and "Self Abuser" at #30 in the Triple J Hottest 100, 1996. However by the end of 1999, the band was dropped from Polydor after the label's merger with Universal.

In 1999, following their departure from Polydor, they wrote two songs, "Bigger Than Tina" and "Bigger Than Tina II" for an Australian movie "Bigger Than Tina", which were released on Festival. Since then the group has released several albums independently and had success on Triple J with "Bigger Than Tina" at #50 in 1999, and "Give Up Your Day Job" at #58 in 2000.

The band also appeared in Vanessa Stuart's one-hour documentary, "The Fauves: 15 Minutes to Rock", a behind the scenes look at the music industry and band dynamics which aired on SBS during September, and also screened at the Document Film Festival in 2004.

The Fauves released their eighth studio album, with "Future Spa"/"Lazy Highways" producer Wayne Connolly, "Nervous Flashlights", on July 10, 2006. In the meantime Andrew Cox has been contributing a humorous agony aunt segment on Jay and the Doctor's Triple J breakfast show every Tuesday since 2005.

After an 18-month break, The Fauves will release studio album #9, "When Good Times Go Good", on September 6, 2008. It was recorded with long time collaborator Wayne Connolly, who has worked on five of the band’s nine albums, while adding some serious cache was co-producer Jim Moginie from Midnight Oil. The first single is "Underwhelmed."



*"Drive Through Charisma" (1993)
*"The Young Need Discipline" (1994)
*"Future Spa" (1996)
*"Lazy Highways" (1998)
*"Thousand Yard Stare" (2000)
*"Footage Missing" (2002)
*"Surf City Heart"(compilation) (2003)
*"The Fauves" (2004)
*"Nervous Flashlights" (2006)
*"When Good Times Go Good" (2008)



External links

* [ The Fauves - official site]
* [ The Fauves fansite] - features a comprehensive bio, rare videos, mp3s, press clippings, and more
* [ Webcuts] - Essay on "Everybody's Getting a Three Piece together" and interview with Andrew Cox

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