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Two Lane Blacktop

Raucous Wellington rock’n’roll in the retro-revival vein formed by Matt Harrop (rhythm guitar, vocals), Phil Smiley (drums), Pip Brown (lead guitar, background vocals), and Ben Fraser (bass) in 2001. Over the next two years the group experienced moderate success, especially in Australia where they enjoyed association with the new rock revival.

Over the course of the next two years the group would cycle through two new bassists (Nato Hickey and ending with Luke Hutching), get a 7″ single play-listed on Radio1 in the UK, record 3 singles and an album that would go unreleased. The group broke up on the eve of what would have been their first US tour (with Us act Modey Lemon), however Pip Brown would resurface as Ladyhawke. Hutching joined the Accelerants and Smiley plays drums in Melbourne group The Rise and Demise.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Live EP [2001]
  • Mechanic Demo EP [2001]
  • Mechanic EP [2002]
  • ‘The Rat’ / ‘Hellbound’ 7″ Single [2003 In-Fidelty SIN 002]
  • The Girl [2003 Unreleased]