Location: Lismore, NSW, Australia
HIGHWAY BLONDE (formerly known as Smart Artists) are regarded by many as one of the most dynamic up and coming modern rock bands in the country.Fans of bands such as The Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon and The Killers have for the past couple of years been cranking Highway Blonde tunes on radio stations throughout 20 different countries and on over 300 radio stations throughout the US alone.
With the band continuing to receive much critical and popular acclaim for their tight, melodic songs, the release of their new album ‘Winning Ways’ is only certain to propell the bands music onto many more ipods.
Tracks like ‘Let it go’, ‘Annie’ and ‘Inside Moves’ showcase Highway Blonde’s ability to write intelligent high-energy rock songs, where as tracks such as ‘Hurting on the Inside’ and the epic conclusion to the album, ‘Bad Girl’ display the band’s desire to work outside the 3 minute boundary.
Throughout 2009, both ‘Annie’ and Inside Moves’ reached the No 1 position on the Mp3.com charts.
The video clip to ‘Inside Moves’ won the 2009 Pan Pacific Film and Television Award in the ‘Best Independent’ category. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40Ktb5JPglc
The song ‘Inside Moves’ also was awarded 8th position in the 2009 Australian Songwriting Awards.
And the bands formula for success ….. avoid trends, write cool songs and deliver a brand of modern rock full of catchy chorus and crunchy guitars in its purest rocking form!
With their eyes set firmly on consolidating their recent successes, Highway Blonde is set to continue wooing audiences nationally.
Whether it’s a corporate event, a music festival, or a night at the popular local venue, Highway Blonde is known as the band that creates an event and delivers an awesome performance everytime.
Time Off magazine describes Highway Blonde: “Highway Blonde” have got everything, with an excellent stage presence and catchy lyrics that pull you right in ….. their pure ‘rock athleticism’ and song writing talent bond to generate a distinct musical force. Shannon Beaumont is the foundation upon which this band ROCKS. And ROCK they do, with a distinctive guitar-driven modern sound that is decisively peppered by the inspiration of the most notable contemporary influences.
100.9 ZZZ FM describes Highway Blonde: Highway Blonde have focused on writing, recording and producing killer rock tracks with great hooks, crunching guitars and tasty leads that have fans addicted from the first listen.
Rave Magazine describes Highway Blonde: “Highway Blonde instantly infectious brand of rock is slowly but surely launching them toward the forefront of today’s national rock scene. Regarded as one of the regions most dynamic, danceable rock bands, Highway Blonde have developed a devoted following on the strength of continuous face-melting performances in venues all over regional NSW, QLD and NT. They continue to earn the praise of fans and fellow musicians as one of the next biggest “currently unsigned” bands.”