Dry as it may be, the Central Victorian bush has grown The Seduceaphones, a party making gipsy-brass beast. Creating grooves that move crowds in completely new and unusual ways, they pioneer an infectious vein of Balkan-brass-fusion.
Their debut album Muskrat was released at the Night Cat in 2019, their heavier Eurotrash sound drawing on new Macedonian virtuosity. A raucous midnight show at Falls Festival and a sweltering midday show at Moomba festival were later credits to the bands diversity. They are much loved at bush-doofs like Rainbow Serpent Festival where they invariably leave the crowd gasping for breath.
Their release of a remix EP and several outlandish music videos during COVID lockdown has yet again proven the bands determination to make new music, with plans for a feature-length album to be released in early 2021.
Their debut gig in 2014 involved cramming the entire community into a small bush hall, with seemingly hundreds more than the building allowed for. Soon they were playing shows in Melbourne, cultivating a devoted following and leading to larger venues where ironically, they were still too young to enter.
The bands trubači (Balkan brass band) influence has made them popular with former-Yuogslavian diaspora in Australia. Flying across the country to perform at weddings and Balkan parties fuels the band in rethinking and arranging tunes from the greats such as Fanfare Ciocarlia and Dzambo Agusev.