Canary formed back in 2007 when songwriter Matthew Kenneally brought together a beat-boxing trumpet player and an eccentric violinist to perform his songs on a lonely winter’s night in Northcote. Times have changed since then. Canary now fit a more traditional format with guitars (Matthew Kenneally, Adam Dean), drums (Lachlan O’Kane) and bass (Isaac Barter)… and trumpet (Ed Fairlie). The band draws from a broad base of influences and has established its reputation as an engaging live act built upon the unsettling honesty of Matt’s songwriting.
In late 2011, Canary released their self-produced debut album, Dear Universe. Mixed and mastered by Isaac Barter, Dear Universe received high praise from the likes of renowned Australian music producer, J Walker (Machine Translations), who described the album as “a truly impressive piece of work featuring great songwriting, creative arrangements, [and] a fascinating range of styles and instrumentation.”