The Prize Wrong Side Of Town

11th November 2022

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The Prize are Melbourne’s hottest new addition, a breath of fresh air and a shot in the arm for a city still bouncing back from a bitter start to the decade. Forming in early 2021 and figuring out a way to jam and write songs in between rules and restrictions, The Prize landed on a blend of power pop and rock and roll that’s equal parts brains and bravado. The joyous new five-piece bring three guitars and five voices that harmonise together to make some of the best power pop this city has heard in years. With lead vocals primarily shared between drummer Nadine Muller and guitarist Carey Paterson, the five-piece is rounded out with Joseph Imfeld on guitar, Austin Haire on guitar and Jack Kong on bass. After the dust settled from the city’s miserable hiatus, The Prize played their first show to a sold out Croxton Bandroom opening for Civic in November 2021. Their sound blends the hooks of The Nerves, twin rock ’n’ roll leads of Thin Lizzy and minor progressions of later era Flamin’ Groovies with the fullness and power of the Ramones and the dynamic punch of Face To Face eraAngels and early Divinyls. Obvious influences shine through on their sensational cover of the obscure 1979 power pop classic, “Fighting My Way Back”; originally by British group, The Incredible Kidda Band.

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