Author: Louie & The Pride

Louise MacGregor (folky singer/songwriter) had enjoyed success in her solo career over the last ten years, performing in many local festivals (Rock & Rebuild, Bollygum Music festival, Day On The Dirt, A Day For Healing, The Basin Womens’ Music Festival), winning a number of Open Mic grand finals (Jacks Bar Mt Eliza, The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne Fresh @Revolver, The Rochester Castle) and performing her song “Who Are You” live on Triple J in 2001, with the likes of Missy Higgins. This lead to the recording of her first Ep “More Than Me” which was well received if only circulated at a ground roots level. 2009 saw the birth of her first child and a subsequent ‘settling down’ to perform regularly closer to home, wowing audiences of the wineries of the Yarra Valley with her great friend Ben O’Connell, known broadly as The Fuzz. Ben’s flare for the dark blues had been adding unmistakable ‘flavour’ to venues throughout Melbourne and the Yarra Valley, both solo and teaming up with other established artists such as “Shoe Shine” and Ewan Cloonan. After a few jams at an Open Mic, Louise claimed him for herself. His music gave an edge and substance to her’s, which was until then, very pop/folk driven. They began performing together as Louie and the Fuzz. During this time Louise’s sister in-law, Nova Marsh (lead singer of Amberdance) and Rob Grosden (Bass, Harmonica, Vocalist of Amberdance) had been soothing souls in Brunswick/Fitzroy with their unmistakable harmonies. They performed throughout regional victoria and in venues closer to home, often teaming up with Louise for a show or two. Louie & The Pride (Ben)In 2010 The Fuzz was introduced to Rob and Nova and an instant friendship was born. Instruments like ukulele, melodica and djembe where added to the songs and with four very well blended voices, these songs began to live. Weekly jam sessions became weekend-long “band camps” on Louise’s Healesville veranda, which became gigs at local venues like Grind n Groove, more country-ish pubs like Panton hill, Melbourne venues like The Mofo Lounge, events such as Day On The Dirt and the recording of their first songs with producer Mark Stanley. The songs were immediately loaded to Triple J Unearthed, where they sat high in the pop chart for weeks, “Wake Me Up” reaching number two! In 2012, The Pride welcomed Jim Moody to the band on drums. With his uncanny ability to seemlessly blend in with the arrangements, the band have added another dimension to the songs and are looking forward to many more great shows with a full rhythm section. There’s so much more to tell, but we’ll have to stop here, as… well… it hasn’t happened yet. Stay tuned…

Winter has come

It’s not a bad thing! I love winter… This winter while I’m preparing further for our next recording, Nova and Rob will be overseas and Simons working hard on his beautiful solo albums release. Never fear, you can still hear our songs live! I’ll be doing a series of solo shows over the next couple of months so keeps checking… Read more →

Summer

We’ve enjoyed our winter/spring residencies at Compass and the Edinburgh Castle in Brunswick so much, and made a bunch of new friends along the way. The fun will continue into November with two shows at the Healesville Music festival (http://www.healesvillemusicfestival.com.au/home.html) on the 13th, where we are happy and excited to be playing along side acts like the great Suzannah Espy… Read more →

The Healesville Launch

We have done it! On August 29, 2015, we packed out Grind n Groove in the little town of Healesville with people coming from Bendigo, Mornington, Melbourne, and even NSW to help us celebrate. And boy did we ever celebrate. Shout out to Simon Imrei who played a solo set before us, then jumped on the drums. To Kaine Fleming-Marsh… Read more →

‘Wake Me Up’… on its way!

After a long wait, we’re excited to let you know that our debut album, ‘Wake Me Up’, is complete. We received the first box of CD’s in the post this morning! To everyone who contributed to our Pozible campaign, your CD’s will be in the post shortly and digital copies arriving soon via email. Stay tuned to this site and our Facebook… Read more →

Help Lou Sing With Clare Bowditch!

As part of her Winter Secrets tour with Adalita, Clare Bowditch is giving one local musician in each state the chance to join her on stage to perform one of her songs and be in the running to win a $1,000 cash prize. This year, the song will be the much-loved I Thought You Were God from her sophomore, ARIA… Read more →