Wildfire Manwurrk Band (formally KK Band) are an insanely talented family of musicians from one of the most beautiful remote places in Australia, the Stone Country of western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
This iconic hard rock and roll band sing in critically endangered languages Kune, Dalabon and Rembarrnga and write music that traverses ancient cultural songlines and stories, through to heavy punk tracks reflecting the modern day issues their mob are facing such as drugs and suicide.
Their message is a powerful, spiritual, political call to arms to come together to break down the 'brick wall' that stands between the past and the future. To come together using 'double tools'. Balanda (white fella) way and Bininj (Black fella) way.
Their raw heavy distinct sound has been a favourite at festivals and events across NT for many years and finally, after great anticipation, they have recorded their first 6 track debut EP.
Wildfire Manwurrk Band have fought hard for this music. They have been playing together since they were children, taught and fiercely encouraged by their father Victor Rostron (who plays in the band and is a brilliant solo artist in his own right) as he believed that the best way to teach and instil cultural knowledge and values was through the thing they loved most. In this case, rock and roll!
The recording of the EP was made possible by a team of very generous people who dedicated time and experience above and beyond what any of us could have imagined.
The band travelled down from Maningrida NT to Mullumbimby NSW (an epic, almost unbelievable tale in itself of overcoming obstacles!!) and spent a week in Nowave Studio (thanks Julien!) with James Boundy (LEGEND!) engineering and recorded their music for the first time ever. All
originals. All huge!
A long standing dream come true with a sound that absolutely blew everyone away AND took the roof off! It was so incredible to witness the fire and hunger they brought to these sessions. It did NOT seem like their first time in a studio!
So, what now?
The music is currently in final mixing stages. Once thats done, the hard work of a high end release campaign begins.
This is where Wildfire Manwurrk Band need your support!
Your donation will contribute towards the many costs of:
High End PR Representation.
3 x Music Video creation (shoot and edit).
Barunga Festival BTS (shoot and edit).
Travel to Arnhem Land for the video + recording team.
Accomodation costs for video + recording team.
Recording live tracks and filming on location in remote Arnhem Land on the family ancestral lands.
Co-Manager wages one day a week for 12 weeks.
This will mean, that despite the isolation of living remote, in desperately over-crowded housing, with no support from community organisations and no consistent income due to extremely limited community jobs, they will have a chance at creating their own opportunities from their own music, abundant drive and talent.
This campaign aims to create an incredibly professional album release that will dramatically increase their reach, get the songs delivered to radio, help with festivals applications, gigs and future funding and finally put the band on the Australian music map as they deserve!
These are some of the most important voices of our time. Get behind this and please share far and wide with your networks.
"Thank you for supporting us to be independent musicians. We have walked a long journey to get here and we are ready to share our story and our knowledge with you. Thank you for standing with us. We want to show other people in our community, that if we can do it, so can they." - Victor Rostron (Father of the band)
Photo Credit Renae Saxby.
Photo credits Robert Sherwood.
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