Americana Folk (Adelaide, SA)
Americana/alt-country darlings The Audreys began as university buddies and songwriting duo Taasha Coates and Tristan Goodall, forming in Adelaide in 2004. They released their first album Between Last Night And Us in 2006. The album went on to win that year’s ARIA Award for Best Blues & Roots Album and be certified Gold for record sales, catapulting them onto the national stage. Singles Oh Honey and You & Steve McQueen received high rotation on Triple J, and over the coming years the band played Blues & Roots Festival, Falls Festival, Port Fairy, Splendour and everything in between.
In 2008 they released their follow up album, won a second ARIA, and began touring in North America. In 2011 they released their third album Sometimes The Stars, picked up yet another ARIA, and scored a major synch placement in the US show One Tree Hill. In 2014 The Audreys made a music video with Adelaide dance troupe Restless Dance Theatre. That year’s album Till My Tears Roll Away was again nominated for an ARIA but lost to John Butler. Taasha missed the whole event because she was in hospital, having just given birth to her second baby.
In 2016 Taasha released her first solo album, Taasha Coates & Her Melancholy Sweethearts, recorded with fellow musician Shane Nicholson. Tristan helped her write the album, so they kind of considered it the fifth Audreys album. Taasha toured solo for a few years, including several visits to the US and the Americana Music Festival in Nashville. 18 years on for their formation, The Audreys have sold songs to films and tv shows far and wide, written music for live theatre, won awards, hit the charts, gone gold and pawned their very hearts for rock and roll.
In July 2022, Tristan sadly passed away from a long illness. Taasha wrote beautiful tributes to her best friend and musical soulmate on the bands' Facebook page, announcing his death to fans just a few days later. Before retiring from touring, Tristan had given Taasha his blessings for her to continue what they started, and she has been touring with a new line-up since 2021. Taasha and band plan to record a new album in late 2022. Many of the new songs were penned with Tristan before his passing, and the album will be dedicated to his memory.