Big Scary Win AMP; Fourth Time For A Melbourne Act
Big Scary’s Not Art won the 9th Australian Music Prize earlier today in Sydney, and got a cheque for $30,000 from the PPCA.
It was the fourth time that a Melbourne act won the prestigious AMP, after Augie March’s Moo, You Bloody Choir (2006), Eddy Current Suppression Ring’s Primary Colours (2008) and Lisa Mitchell’s Wonder (2009).
Big Scary’s Tom Iansek and Joanna Syme formed in Melbourne in 2006, and Not Art is their second album. At the AMP winner announcement luncheon at the Basement club, UK producer Steve Lillywhite remarked how he liked the “sonic quality” of Not Art, in the way they mixed pop and hip hop sensibilities.
Drummer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Syme said, "We're huge fans of the AMP – any award that has bands like The Mess Hall and Eddy Current Suppression Ring in its short history of winners has gotta be doing something right. That's why it's a huge honour to be awarded this year's prize.
“We'd like to acknowledge and praise all the other artists – Short-listed and Long-listed and beyond, There's been a bunch of Australian albums made in the last year that we're in awe of.”
Dan Rosen, CEO of the PPCA commented, “Support for local artists has been the cornerstone of PPCA for over 40 years, therefore we are honoured to have been the major prize sponsor of the Australian Music Prize since day one. We hope PPCA’s $30,000 contribution will assist in developing Big Scary’s career and help take their music to the world.”
Big Scary’s win comes as they set off in April to tour North America to promote Not Art’s release there through Seattle’s Barsuk Records, whom they signed with last year.
The 2013 AMP shortlist was:
She Beats – Beaches
Not Art – Big Scary
Dream Cave – Cloud Control
The Cold Light Of Day – Dialectrix
King Amongst Many – Horrorshow
Howlin’ – Jagwar Ma
In Blood Memory – Jen Cloher
Phoenix – Jimblah
Embracism – Kirin J Callinan