TEST REGION Riverboats Music Festival


The Teskey Brothers

“These guys are the real deal” - Brian Wise, RRR

Sam and Josh Teskey discovered American soul music of the 1960s via their parents’ record collection and were immediately taken. As teenagers, the two brothers jammed night after night in the bungalow behind their family home on the outskirts of Melbourne, devouring the R&B songbook and absorbing the tricks of the blues trade. In their obsession, the pair became accomplished players and soon began writing originals too, a process which came naturally.

In 2008, they joined with Liam Gough (drums) and Brendon Love (bass) to form The Teskey Brothers. The group spent the next eight years cutting their teeth in city-fringe pubs and backyard party jams, honing the old-school Motown soul sound and working it into something of their own. The covers made way for originals and in 2016 the band recorded and self-produced their debut album Half Mile Harvest.

The record was released independently in January 2017 and, despite minimal promotional fanfare, immediately gained attention. Community radio began spinning the first single ‘Pain and Misery’ and the word quickly permeated town. Nobody could quite believe this was the work of four young mates out of the Yarra Valley and not that of Stax Records alumni in Memphis circa ‘67. The sound so authentic, the songs so original.

Tickets to their Melbourne launch show sold out hastily, followed promptly by another. In total the band performed four sold out shows at the Corner Hotel, garnering praise from Brian Nankervis to Peking Duk and Allen Stone along the way. The Teskey Brothers have well and truly arrived, and it won't be long before the rest of the universe catches on.

Performing Saturday, February 17