The Urban Chiefs are a Psyche - Blues - Stoner - Rock band from Tamworth NSW. Blake Saban (Guitars & Vox) and Glendon Finlay (Drumcussion) have been changing people's perspective of what a ‘band’ should look and sound like since 2009. The pairs huge sound is due to Blakes’ unique set up of playing his array of custom guitars through two guitar amps, a bass amp and an acoustic DI signal. Combine this with his powerhouse gravelly vocal stylings and Glendons’ tribal and at times frantic, percussive drum style and you have an Australian two piece like no other. There is so much happening on stage that often people are mistaken in thinking that the guys are using samples or pre-recorded material but everything you hear is being produced by the Chiefs as it happens!
“...a cracking slab of Psyche-Blues!”
Samuel J.Fell - RHYTHM MAGAZINE AUSTRALIA
“A huge sound for just two guys!”
Peter Fricker - SYDNEY BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL
"Mix Woodstock era psychedelia with slide guitar fiery enough to weld a car axle, The Urban Chiefs are heavyweights in a genre of music that often lack that fire in the belly instinct. Keep the fire extinguishers handy when these guys play!"
CJ Plain - FIREBRAND ROCK RADIO DETROIT USA
“The Urban Chiefs are a festival favourites.”
Jimmy Budgen - MITCHELL CREEK ROCK N BLUES FESTIVAL
“We love the Chiefs! Always a full house when they play here!”
Michael Starky - STAG & HUNTER NEWCASTLE
Set to release their fourth studio album in January 2017, ‘Grains of Truth’ sees The Urban Chiefs hitting their stride and really honing in on their evolving craft. This 10 track album thumps from start to finish with catchy balls to wall Rock - Blues goodness!
The Duo have been making a name for themselves all up and down the East Coast of Australia playing festivals and venues to receptive audiences from Cairns down to Tassie and everywhere in between. Clocking up over 700 shows in 7 years the Chiefs show no signs of slowing down. Due to release of their fourth studio album ‘Grains of Truth’ in January 2017 the pair are set to embark on their fourth national tour to promote the new record.
In this short time they have achieved a great deal gaining Top 5 Blues and Roots Artist in the 2013 MUSICOZ Australian Independent Music Awards. Second release ‘City of Light’ debuted at #18 in the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts and the band have had various songs aired on Triple J and Double J along with film clips aired on Rage.
Sydney Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival x 4 2011-2014
Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013
Adelaide Fringe x 2 2013/2014
Cairns Blues Festival 2013
Agnes Waters Blues & Roots Festival 2014
Aireys Inlet Festival 2013
Tamworth Music Festival x 5 2010-2014
Newcastle Blues by the Beach 2014
Airlie Beach Music Festival 7th-9th NOV 2014
Blues in the Barossa 14th-16th NOV 2014-09-16
Nundle Rocks Festival 16th-24th JAN 2015
Mojo Burning Festival 21st MAR 2015
Groovin the Blues 17th-19th APR 2015
Sydney Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival 15th-17th MAY 2015
Mitchell Creek Rockin' Blues Festival 18th-21st SEP 2015
Old Bar Beach Festival 2nd-4th OCT 2015
1770 Festival 27th-29th NOV 2015
Tamworth Country Music Festival 15th-24th January 2016
Newcastle Blues Festival 30th January 2016
Agnes Water Blues Roots Rock Festival 19th-21st February 2016
Little Big Fest Mudgeeraba 9th April 2016
Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Festival 16th-19th September 2016
Airlie Beach Music Festival 3rd-6th November 2016