In 2009, two old friends got together in a room in a house in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. One played guitar and sang. The other played ukulele and sang. Taking influences from traditional Irish artists such as Christy Moore, the Wolfe Tones and the Dubliners, blending in the punk ethic and edge of Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys, and bringing in the folk storytelling of singer/songwriters such as Frank Turner, Billy Bragg and Shane MacGowan, the two old friends forged forward to create a celtic folk punk juggernaut, unlike anything they'd ever done before. They named it after one of their favourite Billy Bragg songs. From the humble beginnings of these two friends in a room came the seven-piece onslaught of Between The Wars. In the same way that the Pogues and the Dropkick Murphys stayed true to their own genre while blending in a strong Irish influence, Between The Wars are setting stages on fire with their clever and unique fusion of Irish folk music with punk rock. This makes it mainstream enough for everyone to find elements they can enjoy, without losing their edge and unique flavour. The label of Irish folk music gives connotations of fifty-something year old men on stage, playing songs they learnt as children from relatives of eras long ago. However, Between The Wars take this image and rip it to pieces, cementing their place in the live music scene and showcasing the amazing live talents of all the band members vocal and musical abilities. The sum of their parts is so great that their music is taken to a whole new level which allows their audience to be a perfect blend of young and old, never alienating one in favour of the other. In the time they have spent together so far as a group, they have garnered much acclaim for their energetic and entertaining sets, intelligent lyrics and fresh pop hooks. In 2010, Between The Wars released their debut album "Carried Away" through Melbourne independent label Slippery Slope Recordings. With 11 mixed-up tracks ranging from traditional Irish folk to their more established celtic folk punk songs and even branching into some John Mayer-styled acoustic funk, the band catered for ears from yesteryear, today and tomorrow. This record sold out within 12 months and will be reissued at the end of 2011. In September 2011, the band is preparing to release "The Rats", a seven-track EP that showcases their new cohesion as a group and the continuing maturity of songwriters Jaymz Stevens and Jason Hatcher. More edgy and faster than the previous record, Between The Wars set out to try and capture the energy and fun of their live show. This 7-track EP marks the first entry into international waters for Australias good ship BETWEEN THE WARS. And a fine entry it is, five blistering tracks of celtic folk punk, with two slower songs thrown in for good measure. An EP that will make you pick up your pint of Guinness, sup it long and hard, and yell out a couple of whoa-ohs! The party is just beginning.
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