Posted: Mar 24, 2009 9:03 am
Nope, but they did win the AMP!
from the Melbourne Sun:
EDDY Current Suppression Ring have won the 2008 Australian Music Prize. The prize recognises the highest quality Australian release of the year
The Melbourne garage rock group won for their sophomore album Primary Colours and receive $30,000. The prize is fast becoming the most prestigious accolade in homegrown music.
“We’re going to call the next album Sufficient Funds,” said Mikey Young, guitarist with the quartet.
The band beat out other nominated albums from The Presets, Beaches, Cut Copy, The Drones, Cut Copy, C.W Stoneking, Jack Ladder, Tom Cooney and Ross McLennan. They were presented with the award at a ceremony in Sydney today.
Eddy Current Suppression Ring have carved out a name for themselves with incessant live touring and lead singer Brendan Suppression’s magnetic performances in which he always wears gloves.
“I think we want to do something immoral with our prize money, instead of doing the obvious touring, like tour an exotic island and playing shows to nobody. But we’ll probably spend it on building a recording space,” said Young. He said some of the money may be spent on the lead singer’s trademark gloves. “Brendan’s tastes is becoming more worldly so a $29 golf glove might not cut it any more,” said Young.
Established in 2005, the AMP is selected by a small panel of industry types, including media, musicians and retailers. Past winners include the Drones in 2005 for Wait Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By…, Augie March for Moo, You Bloody Choir in 2006 and the Mess Hall for Devil’s Elbow in 2007.
The only other award went to Sydney singer songwriter Jack Ladder. He received the $15,000 Red Bull Award In Recognition Of Outstanding Potential for his album Love Is Gone.