Five Mile Sniper - Gone



Alt Rock

Melbourne
Victoria
Australia


Band Description

Five Mile Sniper are a Melbourne band combining singer/songwriter/producer John Baxter (Prettymess, Holocene & Alcotomic), Doug Robertson (Icecream Hands), Matt Balfe (Motor Ace), Geoff Barnes (P76) and Paul Inglis (Prettymess).

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Artist Biography

Five Mile Sniper are a new Melbourne band combining singer/songwriter/producer John Baxter (Prettymess, Holocene & Alcotomic), Doug Robertson (Icecream Hands), Matt Balfe (Motor Ace),
Geoff Barnes (P76) and Paul Inglis (Prettymess). 
 
Founding member John Baxter draws from a music career that spans over 25 years. John played as guitarist in renowned pop band Holocene and established many bands including Melbourne 3 piece Alcotomic with Living End drummer Andy Strachan. In 2003 John established alt-rock outfit Prettymess, who were signed to Shock Records and produced a top 20 album, Greyscale Broadcast.
 
After the demise of Prettymess in 2006, John headed to the US. With nothing more than an acoustic guitar and harmonica, he travelled coast to coast in a gold '72 Caprice, playing bars, busking and earning enough cash to survive. In 2009, he settled in Memphis and began performing, writing and recording of which many tunes would eventuate on the Five Mile Sniper debut album.
 
Having recently become a father of twins and taking a 6 year break from writing and touring, raising children afforded John the time to contemplate the world we live in and inspired him to begin writing again. Getting back into the studio after many years was incredibly exciting and allowed John to collaborate with old friends Paul, Doug, Matt and Geoff who were also in fatherhood mode.
 
The band name Five Mile Sniper was borrowed from Welsh entertainer, Sir Harry Secombe. John’s wife’s grandfather was in the Royal Australian Airforce and fought alongside Sir Harry in Northern Africa in WWII. Before he passed away, John heard him mention the name “The Five Mile Snipers” and thought it very fitting for a band of seasoned musicians about to make an assault on the tough Australian music scene.
 
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee and Melbourne, the album title The Sound Of Trees is analogous to suffering in silence. In a world facing big issues such as excessive population growth, diminishing global resources and the proliferation of corruption, greed and capitalism, The Sound Of Trees is a euphemism for the decaying natural world we've inherited that has no voice - a cry for help that cannot be heard. It conveys moments of optimism with an undertone of loss.
 
‘Can't Go On’ is the first offering from the Sound of Trees album. Written from personal experience, the song explores the subject of youth suicide, supported by an unsettling video clip that was shot in Poland by the brilliantly dark Lukasz Pytlik, also known for their stunning work with Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. Available for either free download or purchase, all proceeds from the sale of ‘Can't Go On’ will be donated to ReachOut for the prevention of youth suicide and depression.
 
Five Mile Sniper are set to release their debut album The Sound of Trees on February 6 2015


Press Release
 
 
Five Mile Sniper are a new Melbourne band combining singer/songwriter/producer John Baxter (Prettymess, Holocene & Alcotomic), Doug Robertson (Icecream Hands), Matt Balfe (Motor Ace),
Geoff Barnes (P76) and Paul Inglis (Prettymess). 
 
Founding member John Baxter draws from a music career that spans over 25 years. John played as guitarist in renowned pop band Holocene and established many bands including Melbourne 3 piece Alcotomic with Living End drummer Andy Strachan. In 2003 John established alt-rock outfit Prettymess, who were signed to Shock Records and produced a top 20 album, Greyscale Broadcast.
 
After the demise of Prettymess in 2006, John headed to the US. With nothing more than an acoustic guitar and harmonica, he travelled coast to coast in a gold '72 Caprice, playing bars, busking and earning enough cash to survive. In 2009, he settled in Memphis and began performing, writing and recording of which many tunes would eventuate on the Five Mile Sniper debut album.
 
Having recently become a father of twins and taking a 6 year break from writing and touring, raising children afforded John the time to contemplate the world we live in and inspired him to begin writing again. Getting back into the studio after many years was incredibly exciting and allowed John to collaborate with old friends Paul, Doug, Matt and Geoff who were also in fatherhood mode.
 
The band name Five Mile Sniper was borrowed from Welsh entertainer, Sir Harry Secombe. John’s wife’s grandfather was in the Royal Australian Airforce and fought alongside Sir Harry in Northern Africa in WWII. Before he passed away, John heard him mention the name “The Five Mile Snipers” and thought it very fitting for a band of seasoned musicians about to make an assault on the tough Australian music scene.
 
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee and Melbourne, the album title The Sound Of Trees is analogous to suffering in silence. In a world facing big issues such as excessive population growth, diminishing global resources and the proliferation of corruption, greed and capitalism, The Sound Of Trees is a euphemism for the decaying natural world we've inherited that has no voice - a cry for help that cannot be heard. It conveys moments of optimism with an undertone of loss.
 
‘Can't Go On’ is the first offering from the Sound of Trees album. Written from personal experience, the song explores the subject of youth suicide, supported by an unsettling video clip that was shot in Poland by the brilliantly dark Lukasz Pytlik, also known for their stunning work with Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. Available for either free download or purchase, all proceeds from the sale of ‘Can't Go On’ will be donated to ReachOut for the prevention of youth suicide and depression.
 
Five Mile Sniper are set to release their debut album The Sound of Trees on February 6 2015
 


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