Sam and Josh Teskey discovered American soul music of the 1960’s via their parents’ record collection and were immediately hooked on the genre. 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 that 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 their live shows across Melbourne began to sell out.
“These guys are the real deal” – Brian Wise, RRR
“This should’ve been on the Forest Gump soundtrack” – Dom Alessio, JJJ