Wons Phreely is an artist who is difficult to pin down. For some, that’s an unwelcome fact; for others his unpredictability is as welcoming as a kettle on the boil and a stoked fire after a hard days graft.
His story begins in small town Australia, where he fought his way through a disenchanted youth; coy on the specifics of his escapades, he admits it was by stealing a record by The Clash that revealed to him his true passion in life – music. He then picked up a guitar and strode out into a travelers existence that he still lives to this day. From Perth to Sydney, from the Californian sunshine to the smoky bustle of London, he’s not afraid to up sticks and move. If someone says there’s a gig on the other side of the ocean, he’ll hop on the next boat.
Jumbled around in his traveling bag you’ll find records from an ad-hoc selection of musicians, all distinct artists from contrasting musical eras and fashions, brought together by a burning individuality and trailblazing originality that Wons respects dearly.
His influences resonate in his own music like dark matter – you cant see it but you know its there. If he could stick to one musical style for long enough, you might be able to hear a trace of The Smiths or Buddy Holly, but his fantastic appetite for cross-genre volatility snuffs all possible comparisons out before you can even say the words “He sounds like…”
Wons’ incessant traveling makes it tough to find a backing band who’ll follow him around to all the motorways and live gigs that he finds himself playing, so the innovative Aussie uses a set of loop pedals and a harmonica to recreate his infectious studio sound while on the road. But no matter how many band members he recruits, the endearing enigmatic element of both his persona and music will always remain.
“songs that will dazzle you. Everyone should be aware of this young man. He’s doing something right”.
-: WeAllWantSomeone.org – New York, City
“There was something about the combination of this Australian artist’s retro, soulful voice and guitar really caught my attention and put me in just the right mood to take a walk down nostalgia lane.” -: indieshuffle.com – San Francisco
“The dudes got soul and a knack for catchy melodies. Can’t wait to hear more”.
-: OffTheRadarMusic.com – Miami, Florida
“destined to top your personal music charts. Songs that use mashed-up string samples and antique pianos to tell their stories of love and lessons learned.” -: KickKickSnare.com – Venice, California.
“Things begin spectacularly with the title track (Tonight)… fans of the Pulp frontman would be well-served checking this out”.
–: Sydney Morning Herald- Metro
“his songs have the potential to fill the vacant indie poet laureate void, rooted as they are in social realism but with a wry wit replete with the kind of joyful melodies that make you think you can take on the whole damn world. There’s a hint of Springsteen meets Jamie T at a Beck gig”.
-: TheVPME.com – London
“there is no hint of the folk singer tag here, coming on more like Elvis Costello doing Springsteen’s Born In the USA than anything else, and it works, splendidly.” -: AAAmusic.co.uk – London
“so darned fun!… one amazing rebirth”
“cleverly crafted, backed up by fun beats, prime melodic fare and witty lyrical banter… a buoyant approach to pop, this is the type of guy I’d take home to meet my mum”.
“like some mangled musical lovechild of Darwin Deez, Ben Kweller and LCD Soundsystem.…the fact of the matter is that Wons Phreely writes fucking good music. Pardon the French”. -:www.deafambitions.com
“Tonight’ is short and sharp, a perfect teaser for Phreely’s next project – a new studio album.”
“Wons is an insanely talented Australian export who writes infectious little pop dittys with a very modern message”. -: shinyshinynewnewnew.com- London
“that same feeling of boundless possibilities, with the lyrics powering through stories about saving the planet, serial killers and political misreporting in the media… Hopefully it won’t be a work of fiction to predict he meets a Gotye-level of success in the coming months. -: RAVE MAGAZINE – SINGLE OF THE WEEK
“Phreely puts his voice out front and winds his sunny way through whipping words of beguiling intelligence. A great new talent.
-: BEAT MAGAZINE – SINGLE OF THE WEEK