There hasn’t been an Australian band like The Siren Tower in quite some time.
That is, a band distinctly and unmistakably Australian.
The country and culture that The Siren Tower celebrates in story and song has both dignity and conscience in tact. It is an Australia of Indigenous, convict and immigrant history alike, because that is the truth of things, and the truth always makes for a better story.
The artistic vision of Grant McCulloch – a fifth-generation Wangaratta boy who has become one of the most critically-acclaimed voices in his adopted Western Australia – The Siren Towers’ songs have been crafted to animate each and every one of McCulloch’s stories in the bombastic fashion that they deserve. Fictional or autobiographical, each song bears a sincerity and narrative depth that holds the mark of a truly great songwriter, and makes the spirit of The Siren Tower so very familiar.
Behind that voice; a band equally dedicated to the craft… less in the spotlight than their front-man, but equally as essential.
But groups of this calibre don’t just turn up out of thin air, and we all know that.
The Siren Tower are a young band, but one formed by seasoned musicians, players from diverse and decorated backgrounds in the West Australian music scene. Their collective experience runs deep, and in addition to McCulloch’s voice, The Siren Tower’s ability to produce on record and stage is undeniable.
But it’s hard to know what to expect of people’s reactions to a band like this, in the same way it was hard to know what to expect of people’s reactions to a band like the Oils, or Springsteen, or Bragg… because this is not just about music, nor politics, nor poetry, nor any other one thing in particular.
It is life.