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Mushroom Giants: Willingness to improvise and allow all members to add to the creative process.

Mushroom Giants - In A Forest

Mushroom Giant is an Australian instrumental band writing, recording and performing original progressive rock music. Mushroom Giant formed in 2002 and have released three albums and five EPs, with two new albums due for release in 2022 and 2023. 

The band is inspired by the likes of Pink Floyd, Mogwai, Tortoise, Radiohead, Jakob, Pelican, Russian Circles, Isis, Godspeed You Emperor but really, we do our own thing. 

Mushroom Giant is an Australian instrumental rock band featuring original members Craig Fryers (bass), Trent Horwood (drums) and Simon Wade (guitar/keyboards), with Derek Richards (formerly of Dr Invisiablo and Legends Of Motorsport) joining in 2020. The track Invocation,

Central to the band’s style from the outset is the willingness to improvise and allow all members to add to the creative process, with song ideas plucked from the bits that yield character. Never a band to imitate anyone else’s sound, Mushroom Giant prides itself on being an honest reflection of the four members that perform it.

In 2004, Mushroom Giant played the Queenscliff Music Festival and then Phillip Island’s Pyramid Rock Festival on New Year’s Eve 2006 (with the likes of Karnivool, The Living End and Silverchair).

In 2008, Mushroom Giant released their second album Kuru on which they truly defined their sound. This album follows a theme set by a Whitley Streiber penned horror novel after the band was commissioned to write the score for the stage production. The opening track Graven Image had some airplay on Melbourne’s Triple J radio and was used in a promotional video for the Bell’s Beach Surf Classic, giving the band some much appreciated exposure.

Kuru was then followed up in February 2010 by Antarctic Angel featuring five tracks with vocals by long-time collaborator, David Gogerly (Blackseed, My Old Dutch). They proceeded to enjoy the rest of that year playing shows, writing and touring as a 5-piece.

In 2014, Mushroom Giant supported US instrumental rockers Pelican and soon after were back in the studio finishing off their third full-length album, Painted Mantra (released via Bird’s Robe Records in 2015). Recorded at Toyland Studios in Melbourne and mixed by Adam Calaitzis, featuring cello by Rachel Samuel and violin by Aaron Barnden.

Painted Mantra is undoubtedly their best record to date. It features nine instrumental tracks beginning with crowd favorites, The Drake Equation and 400 & Falling and concludes with the ambient intensity of Majestic Blackness, with all the best of Mushroom Giant’s signature uniqueness in between.

«They’ve always been a band with a talent for creating epic, cinematic soundscapes, but with this album Mushroom Giant have taken it a step further. The sheer scope of the album is incredible. This isn’t a record you can just drop in and out of at random. It’s an experience, an hour-long voyage through a spectral brew of prog, post-rock, metal and Eastern-influenced rock. And they manage to do it all without vocals… »– Wayne Marshall (Beat Magazine, Aus).

In 2015, after playing a capacity crowd at The Espy’s annual Rock The Bay festival, Mushroom Giant was honoured to play support to British rock legends, URIAH HEEP. A highlight for a band inspired by ’70s guitar rock.

In January 2022, Mushroom Giant released a new track Owls and will be releasing a new album In A Forest in seventeen days! 

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (6836 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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