By Callum Ludwig
Despite the Covid-19 lockdowns over the last two years devastating the live music industry, a group of young local musicians were undeterred, creating their own band and recently released their debut single ‘Embers’ on Spotify.
Tudor Club formed just short of two years ago, and consists of a group of local lads aged between only 19 and 22: lead singer and rhythm guitarist Rory Say, lead guitarist Flynn Trewavis, bassist Alex Theodoropoulos and drummer and backing vocalist James Dryden.
Mr Say said the band came together through varied means and bonded as a group easily.
“I tried to get a band together for the first time a couple of years ago and had met Flynn through a mutual friend. Then I met James’ uncle at an open mic and he got me in touch with James before meeting Alex in a Facebook group,” he said.
“We all obviously have a common interest in music, but we also had very similar music tastes and so we were able to bond over our different favourite bands, what gigs we’ve been to and we’re going to so it was quite easy.”
The band members hail from around the Yarra Ranges and surrounding areas, with Mr Say hailing from Seville, Mr Trewavis from Monbulk, Mr Theodoropoulos from Ringwood and Mr Dryden from Mooroolbark.
Mr Say said starting out over lockdown was a blessing in disguise.
“It was interesting, but I think it was a really good thing, it made us go really slow and not rush into anything,” he said.
“We had heaps of time to rehearse both at home in lockdowns and when we could get together. We could just focus on becoming a band and starting up and locking in our songs, so it definitely helped us.”
Tudor Club describes itself as a British-inspired alternative/indie rock band with an Australian flavour, in the style of Arctic Monkeys and Gang of Youths. Its Australian Music Radio Airplay Project profile describes it as boasting ‘punchy riffs, foot-stomping rhythms and catchy hooks’ and lists Alternative, Pop, Punk, Rock, Indie, and Garage as their key genres.
Mr Say said ‘Embers has had an amazing reaction and it was pretty surreal to be able to put it out.
“We’ve been been a band for so long, but we’ve always been the band that hasn’t had any music out, so to finally be able to show people who have followed us and our friends and family was absolutely unreal,” he said.
“It’s been quite a successful few days for us, and I think we’ve almost cracked three 3000 streams on Spotify, which we didn’t expect at all and are absolutely stoked with.”
Currently, Spotify shows ‘Embers’ has 2,659 streams and the band has 669 monthly listeners.
Tudor Club is performing the single launch for ‘Embers’ at The Tote on 67-71 Johnston St, Collingwood on Saturday 18 June 2022 from 8:30 pm. They can be found in The Tote’s Band Room and tickets can be purchased for $11.25 at www.tickets.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/5dab56e0-adb9-4270-8c93-45f46140f126