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23, 24, 25, 26 October 2014

Baby Animals

Baby AnimalsOriginating from Perth, Baby Animals are widely regarded as THE rock'n'roll success story of the early '90s.

Who can forget the the tenderness and maturity of so many of the band’s classic songs: the powerful assault of Early Warning, the tortured restraint of Rush You, the delicate rock ballad Painless, the angst contained within One Word? Songs that still hold their own today, a vindication of the kind of songcraft that defies fashion. Powered by a voice with a unique combination of ball-breaking power and sensuous intimacy that never fails to stop you in your tracks, care of one Suze DeMarchi, and driven by the extraordinary guitar talents of Dave Leslie.

Suze DeMarchi began singing with Perth bands Photoplay and The Kind in 1982, honing her craft and fine tuning the skills that would make her one of the most dynamic front women Australia has ever produced. After a stint as a solo artist and with band DD & The Rockmen, DeMarchi formed Baby Animals in 1989 with Leslie and Eddie Parise. Their 1991 self-titled debut album spent six weeks at number one, achieving eight-times Platinum status, and the band toured the country extensively before going on to tour the globe with The Black Crowes and Bryan Adams. Baby Animals the album spawned five hit singles, earned the band three ARIA Awards including the prestigious Best Album, and eventually led to an international tour with rock legends Van Halen. For the 12 years from its release in 1991 through until 2003, the album carried the mantle of highest-selling debut Australian rock album.

In 1993 Baby Animals released their second album Shaved and Dangerous, featuring the singles Don’t Tell Me What To Do and At The End Of The Day, and went on to tour the US with Robert Plant. During the next year DeMarchi relocated to Los Angeles, where she has resided since.

Baby Animals officially disbanded in 1996. Suze released her solo album Telelove in 1999, featuring the single Satellite and in 2004 she was inducted into West Australian Music Industry Hall of Fame

By 2007, the Baby Animals had reformed to record Il Grande Silenzio for Liberation Blue, who also re-released the two albums, Baby Animals and Shaved and Dangerous.

In 2008 Baby Animals toured Australia for first time in 13 years, playing sell-out shows all over the country.

In 2010 they were part of the “Rock N Roll Symphony” national tour with Chrissie Amphlett and Diesel, and earlier this year, they played to more than 30,000 fans, touring with INXS and Train for A Day On The Green.

“I've always been a rock'n'roll girl at heart”, says Suze. “There was never any other band for me."

BABY ANIMALS DISCOGRAPHY
Baby Animals – 1991
Shaved and Dangerous – 1993
Il Grande Silenzio - 2008

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