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Arnie O. Connections

Arnie O. Connections is the brainchild of local Wollongong identity Arnie Olbrich.

Most musicians in the area know Arnie as " the guy who runs Kickstart Rehearsal Studios ", but he actually has an impressive history in the music industry dating back to the 70's with bands such as Tree, which saw them share the stage with heavyweights such as AC/DC and Johnny O'Keefe.

Arnie departed for London for several years after that, working with members of The Nashville Teens, Masters Apprentices and Billy Ocean's backing band, before returning to Australia in the early 80s to form Hard Grind which enjoyed national exposure with their top ten hit 'Mile Away'.

In 1988 Arnie collaborated with Leon Berger (Koo De Tah) which resulted in winning two international songwriting awards, including Best Bicentennial Song for 'The Australian Dream'. Arnie later re-recorded that song in 2009 with Lord Tim (Lord/ Dungeon) and it was subsequently entered into the National Archives, along with the associated video clip which featured rare footage of Arnie interviewing ex-Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

This collaboration with Lord Tim proved to be so successful, Arnie approached him once again to produce and perform on the debut Arnie O. Connections album "Piece of Yesterday" which also featured perfromances by a host of local Illawarra musicians, along with members of the original Hard Grind band, and included reworked versions of many of their classic songs. This album also spawned the cinematic styled vdeo clip for the song 'Lobo In Hell' which has been featured nationally on ABC TV and accumulated thousands of views on You Tube.

In late 2013, Arnie hit the studio once again for the follow-up release 'Neural Erosion'. This time the album featured performances from members of Carbon Black, Germ, The Four Kinsmen, Hard Grind and again was producedby Lord Tim, who also appeared as a guest perfromer.

Stylistically hard to define, 'Neural Erosion' segues effortlessly between 80's pop/rock, classic 70's rock, modern melodic hard rock, and experimental sitar-laden atmospheric grooves.

Three video clips have already been filed for the songs 'Absolute Escape', 'Neural Erosion' and 'The Score' (the latter being a reworked, exceptionally energetic dance version of the 70s rock styled song that appears on the album)

'Neural Erosion' is available internationally via CD Baby, iTunes and Bandcamp.