Formed in Sydney in the mid 80s, the Cannanes are Australian DIY pop royalty.
First forming in Sydney in the mid 1980s, the Cannanes have released more than ten albums on labels all around the world, toured the US, UK and Europe innumerable times and been immortalised in books and documentaries by devoted fans.
Their first single Bored Angry & Jealous in 1986 saw the band reviewed glowingly in the UK music press, and in the midst of a label bidding war, with a string of letters from major labels including EMI (US and UK), CBS (US), and later Chrysalis (US). “None of whom we ever heard back from after sending them samples of our wares,” says vocalist Fran Gibson.
The Cannanes have always done things their own way. Their first two albums African Man’s Tomato (1988) and A Love Affair With Nature (1989) were self-released on no label at all, but the band were subsequently picked up by iconic 90s US indie-pop labels such as K Records, Ajax and Feel Good All Over. They began touring the US and UK almost every year of the 1990s, achieving the distinction of becoming one of the best-known Australian bands inter- nationally, while often having trouble getting gigs in their own hometown.
Chapter Music released a Cannanes single in 1996 and then the album Living The Dream in 2000. Single You Name It, from 2002’sTrouble Seemed So Far Away,earned considerable Triple J support and was the first song played on Rage to welcome in the new year.
More than a decade later, the Cannanes returned with Howling At All Hours, a record as engaging and idiosyncratic as anything they’ve ever recorded. Chapter Music released Howling At All Hours in July 2013.