Patchewollock Music Festival
Patchewollock, VIC, Australia
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Melbourne's Zack Buchanan – singer, guitarist and songwriter – was questioning his musical path when he stumbled on a fresh direction. That led to a buzz new indie-rock project, The Outdoor Type – and an international record deal.
In 2014 Zack serendipitously clicked on a blog about cult '90s Australian bands – and had a flash of inspiration. "One of the artists was this Sydney band from the '90s called Smudge – and the song that they had on that was The Outdoor Type," he recalls. "That was the first time I heard that song. I listened to that and I thought, this is so good – it's exactly what I wanna sound like!"
Zack felt disillusioned with the music he'd been cutting – "it was getting a bit weird and electronic". But, on rediscovering classic Australian acts – Paul Kelly, The Go-Betweens, The Church – he began writing anew. "Finally I started to make the music that I actually enjoyed, as opposed to music that I thought would maybe get on the radio or something ridiculous like that," Zack quips.
Zack composed 2015's eponymous The Outdoor Type EP in a backyard studio, laying down almost all the parts himself. It spawned the popular singles When The Sun Goes Down and Are You Happy. Both attracted Triple J airplay and topped the AMRAP community radio charts. Yet it was the follow-up single, On My Mind, stomping urban folk, which went viral – eventually exceeding 100, 000 Spotify plays.
Ever modest, Zack was surprised to receive a message through his personal Facebook from an enthusiastic A&R for North America's independent powerhouse Nettwerk Records. "The song got added to a few blogs in the States and they happened to just find it somehow. The head of the label flew over to Australia and I had a meeting with him and then got signed – it was really weird… It kinda came out of the blue." The Outdoor Type joins the Nettwerk roster alongside other Australian names such as Boy & Bear and Hermitude. Zack has also secured management with Wonderlick Entertainment.
It’s been a huge 12 months for The Outdoor Type, from breaking the top 40 Triple-A charts in the U.S and playing their first international shows, to sharing the stage with the likes of Vance Joy and Portugal. the Man. After signing with Paradigm booking agency for North America, the band turned its attention to recording their debut album with producer John Castle (Josh Pyke, Vance Joy, Cub Sport). Ending the year on a high note, the release of the ‘Perspectives’ EP and the lead track ‘Middle of the Road’ received extensive praise from local radio.
With a debut album ready for release and burgeoning international presence, 2018 is shaping up to be the year for The Outdoor Type. ‘Don’t Be Fooled By Me’, their latest slice of Australiana guitar-pop was released worldwide on May 18th through Nettwerk Music.
‘Don't Be Fooled By Me is essentially a love song. But not a sentimental one, it's realistic, it's about that blind love I'm sure everyone has felt for someone at some point. It's a warning, that you can be many things to a person, but at the end of the day, we're all human’ Zack laments.
The Outdoor Type is Zack Buchanan (Guitar, Vocals), and his band Harry Cook (Keys, Vocals), Claire Cross (Bass, Vocals), Kieran Ebert (Guitar, Vocals), Owen Luby (Drums, Vocals) and Liam Werrett (Saxophone)