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Rock: Aussie Rock Moods: Mood: Quirky Moods: Type: Political Rock: Punk-Pop Pop: Power Pop

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AUSTRALIA - New South Wales

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Urban Guerillas

The Urban Guerillas sprang out of the pub, punk scene in Adelaide before moving to Sydney. The band was formed by singer/songwriter/guitarist Ken Stewart. The Urban Guerillas create songs that express their passions, likes and dislikes and perform them with maximum commitment and energy. There are no perceived guidelines, genre or style to restrain their feelings. Through various line up changes, musical experiments and over 1,500 gigs, the Urban Guerillas always present as a tight, creative unit widely known for their attitude and larrikin spirit. Branded as power pop, hard rock, punk and even folk, the Guerillas are difficult to pigeon hole due to their vast array of influences and interpretations. They describe themselves simply as Aussie Rock’ or ‘Pub rock’.

For the Urban Guerillas it is all about the moment and the place where the musical ideas and the message or the story meet, and where each gig becomes an event and a celebration within itself.

With this kind of focus and so many songs about the trials, tribulations, joys and disappointments of everyday life around us, the Urban Guerillas have a song for every occasion. Their poignant relevance and wide appeal sees them invited to play at many community events. They have performed at Sydney Airport to 6,000 workers stranded when an airline collapsed, Peace Rallies in Sydney and Brisbane, No Racism, No War Rally to 50,000 people in the Domain, Corroboree Sovereignty for indigenous rights in Canberra, refugee rights, May Day celebrations of workers rights, National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Celebration and the Hiroshima Day Rally. They have also played for the M1 Alliance, S11 in Melbourne, NAIDOC, Greenpeace, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Wilderness Society and the “Rock the Block” reconciliation concert in Redfern. After touring outback and regional and remote Australia, for the third time, the Urban Guerillas played at the Sydney Cricket Ground to 40,000 people for the Rock for Rights gig, sharing the stage with You Am I, the Hoodoo Gurus, Something for Kate, Missy Higgins, Kev Karmody, Screaming Jets and Youth Group.

" A working-class rock band with the heart of a punk band, Urban Guerillas sound as comfortable belting out tracks as they would belting out protests for climate change. They have a strong political side to their music which of course draws parallels to musician-turned-activist Peter Garret. Something tells me that they’d rather focus on the music- a choice that means they can have the best of both worlds. They’ve been slogging it out since the 80’s and their latest album is no different. A mix of down-and-out aggression with a peaceful social-conscious. Their down-trodden pain in lyrics such as “my life is a week full of Mondays” in Valley of Waste is a figurative cigarette bummed off Cold Chisel. While the softer ballad of I Will is a country-inspired homage to the women who support them, “I’ve got a bad credit rating, my rent is long overdue / I’ve got absolutely nothing / But I give it all to you.” Like a proletariat bunch of roses- these guys are the carnations of rock and roll- which just makes them so darn like-able." City - News Sydney 2011