Biography

The Tambourine Girls is the creation of founding guitarist and frontman Simon Relf. Relf’s song writing blends the worldly and personal aspects of his life, spanning an eclectic mix of country, psychedelia, rock and Brit-pop.The project has blossomed from an introspective solo venture during Relf’s days as guitarist of Deep Sea Arcade, into an established, fully-fledged four-piece band. The Tambourine Girls first emerged onto the Australian music scene in 2014 with their debut EP, The End of Time. Relf collated a live band one day before recording sessions began, and after a single run-through, the EP was created in two days with the help of Sydney-based producer Tony Buchan (Andy Bull, Loon Lake, Thelma Plum). The record garnered impressive reviews in the UK, Europe, South America, United States and at home in Australia, leading to national touring throughout 2014 and 2015 alongside Dustin Tebbutt, The Preatures, Tigertown, Holy Holy, Davey Lane and with Megan Washington as main support on her sold-out thirtyfive- date, Tangents tour. The band also played numerous hometown residences at venues including The Marlborough Hotel and Moonshine Bar. Extensive touring created a need for Relf to consolidate the band, leading to the current iteration of The Tambourine Girls – a formidable four-piece featuring Deep Sea Arcade member Nick Weaver, bassist Pat Harris and drummer Carlos Adura. After releasing the SIDES EP last year – a collection of B-sides showcasing Relf’s songwriting in a strippedback acoustic mode – the project has culminated in the release of forthcoming single ‘Police’ – the first track taken from The Tambourine Girls’ debut album which is due for release late 2016. Police was recorded at Rancom St Studios in Botany with enigmatic producer, Tim Whitten (Powderfinger, The Go-Betweens, Hoodoo Gurus and Augie March). Relf’s thoughts on the process of recording ‘Police’: “All producers have their own unique approach, and I don’t think any are better than the other. Tim’s approach was very calm and reserved. He’s great at letting the whole process happen. ‘Police’ was the one song where the band weren’t feeling very happy, but Tim took charge when he was needed and helped us deliver a song that we’re completely proud of.” Relf’s lyrics stem from his experiences of living along the New South Wales South Coast and Southern Highlands. Currently based in the town of Bundanoon – located halfway between Canberra and Sydney off the Hume Highway – he has grown accustomed to the solitary lifestyle of living and writing outside of Australia’s metropolitan areas. “It doesn’t matter where home is, because as a touring musician in Australia, you always need to travel to get around. You’re always moving. The artistic community in the Southern Highlands is smaller, but stronger in a way. When you live out here, meeting likeminded people usually means you’re going to be having dinner with them that Friday night. If you were to meet the people in Surry Hills, it can feel like you’re just a dime a dozen…”

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