The Urban Chiefs are a Psyche - Blues - Stoner - Rock band from 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
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.