Australian/British band, Greatest Hits exist in the space between Sunshine Pop, 70’s groove, and Neo-Psych. Never leaning heavily enough toward a particular genre to label them as such, they’ve instead established their own brand of danceable, yet vulnerable energy.
After extensive touring with bands, Hollow Coves, and Halfnoise (Zac Farro of Paramore), songwriter/producer, Ryan Cooper began work on something more accurately reflecting his influences. Living in the UK at the time, Ryan returned from a favourite bar in Leeds, and in the early hours of a cold British morning, was hit by an overwhelming urge to materialise a sound which stood in stark contrast to his current surroundings – sunshine injected grooves. The creative burst continued with fellow musician, Josh Macyntire (Marmozets/Dream Ceremony), who was crashing on the couch at the time. The pair joked about hypothetically releasing music under the moniker, “Greatest Hits”.
With no intention of developing things further, those early demo’s travelled from friend to friend, resulting in “Greatest Hits” agreeing to play their debut show – with no band, and a collection of half finished songs. Joined by Henry Chatham (bass), Chelsea Foley (vocals/percussion), and a rotating lineup of musicians, Greatest Hits were soon playing a string of supports and festivals through the North of England, earning a reputation for their engaging live shows.
A temporary relocation to America saw the band spending time between New York and Nashville, in what became a significant time of writing and recording, before returning to homeland Australia. This marked the next chapter for Greatest Hits, as they found new bandmates, curiously attracting a similar story – Aussie travellers, seemingly forced to return from extended time abroad.
Receiving BBC Radio 1 in the UK, an official Triple J add in Australia, and a huge year supporting the likes of Donny Benet, San Cisco, King Stingray and The Buoys, the band’s latest release sees them working with Shags Chamberlain (Mac Demarco, Weyes Blood, Drugdealer), to produce a sound that is full of both timeless charm and modern sensibilities.