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AUSTRALIA - Victoria

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Rain Factory formed in the northern suburbs of Melbourne in the late 1980’s, consisting of vocalist Chris ‘Birdman’ Beltsis, guitarist Kosta ‘Moris’ Moraitis, bassist Paul ‘Fama’ Familari and drummer Constantine ‘Sera’ Serafim. They played their first formal gig at a local ‘battle of the bands’ in 1990 and after winning that competitionlaunched into their recording career with the release of their first EP- ‘'Home Street Home'’ – in 1991. Inspired by their ongoing success and eager to record more of their material, the band released their debut LP- the stylistically diverse and hyperactive sounding ‘'Circus’' in 1993. The CD received impressive reviews from the local press including, Rolling Stone, Juke, Juice, In Press and Beat Magazines, prompting one reviewer to sum up the band’s soundscape as "a hybrid noise which could best be described as U2 meets Hunters & Collectors with Midnight Oil spunk" . Australia's preeminent youth station Triple J rated the single ‘Solitude’ in the Top 100 of their summer playlist in 1992.

Whilst the favourable press reviews and the Triple J airplay were reinforced by strong and enthusiastic audience reaction at live performances, the mid 90’s saw the band undergo personnel changes with two of the original members, bass player Paul and drummer Sera leaving. With the recruitment of new members, first Harry T. (1993-1995) and then John Smarty (1996-98) on bass and Anthony Gullace on drums, RF continued to develop as solid musicians and performers and refine their lyrics and music to form powerful songs that appealed to a broad audience. The band’s effort culminated with the release of their pop-ambient EP ‘Birdman’ in 1994 and subsequently their second and last album release, the brooding and harsh glam-industrial fusion sounding ‘At The End Of The Day' in 1998. The album spawned their first video for the song '20th Century Trash' receiving modest rotation on Rage and the band decided to take an indefinite break from the music scene.

In 2012 Rain Factory’'s original members reunited with a new found vigour, creativity and passion for their music. The band is about to release their new album ‘Stimulus Response’.

Rain Factory is aptly noted for their willingness to experiment with different styles and arrangements. Te band's music is traditional rock with an alternative leaning that is resplendent with big guitar riffs and melodies. Structured fluently and crafted with patience, their songs are thematic and relevant examining the paradoxical nature of bitter sweet love and life. There are some political and social overtones to their songs but the band has never seen themselves as political lobbyists. Rain Factory are more concerned with probing the core of human emotions, notably that of perseverance and courage in the face of adversity.