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…

It’s Been A Busy Summer

Well so far it’s been such a busy summer, we’ve barely been able to keep this site updated. With our “Pozible” crowd funded album well underway we’ve been gigging and rehearsing feverishly, and thoroughly enjoying the process. The gorgeous Sunday sessions at Sticks Cellar Door have been huge, and the weather has been kind to us each time, adding to… Read more →

Pozible Campaign A Success

Our Pozible campaign has come to an end, and we are so delighted to say our goals were not only met, but exceeded!We are so grateful for everybody’s support and so excited to start recording. The studio is booked and we start this month!Thankyou all so much, and keep up to date with things via Facebook at www.facebook.com/louieandthepride. Xox Lou… Read more →

Louie & The Pride’s Pozible Campaign

We seem to be off to a flying start, receiving many pledges towards us recording our first album. For those who don’t know, we are participating in a little thing called “crowd funding”, where people who want an album out of us have the power to help make it happen!You simply go to www.pozible.com/louieandthepride and choose what package suits you,… Read more →