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Canary (band)

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OriginGeelong/Melbourne, Australia
Genresalternative, indie, indie rock
Years active2007 (2007)–Present
MembersMatthew Kenneally
Ed Fairlie
Adam Dean
Lachlan O'Kane
Isaac Barter

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Canary is an Australian alternative indie/indie rock band formed in 2007, consisting of Matthew Kenneally (vocals and guitar), Ed Fairlie (trumpet, beat-boxing and percussion), Adam Dean (guitar), Lachlan O'Kane (drum and Isaac Barter (bass).[1][2] The band has released two albums. Dear Universe (late 2011) and I Am Lion (July 2016).



Canary was formed in 2007 in Geelong/Melbourne when singer-songwriter, Matthew Kenneally, brought together Ed Fairlie to play trumpet and beat-box as well as a violinist to perform his songs in Northcote, Melbourne. With the addition of Adam Dean as guitarist, Lachlan O'Kane as drummer and Isaac Barter as bassist, the band roster was complete.[3] Canary have supported many prolific Australian bands and musicians, including Machine Translations and Jackson Jackson from The Cat Empire.[4][5]

Dear Universe[edit]

In late 2011, Canary released their debut album, Dear Universe.[1][6] The album was self-recorded predominantly by Kenneally and Dean over a period of four to five months throughout a series of different locations, including a barn in Nagambie and various rooms in band-member's homes.[7] The album was mixed by band-bassist, Barter.[7] Being confessed fans of Elliott Smith, the band consistently double tracked their vocals and guitars as a default for their sound.[7] The album received nods of approval from artists Gotye and J Walker (Machine Translations).[2][7] In 2014, Canary's song "Carried Away" was shortlisted in the final 15 songs for the International Songwriting Competition (Unsigned Division) with judges including Tom Waits, London Grammar and Bastille.[2]

I Am Lion[edit]

Canary released their second album on 8 July 2016, titled I Am Lion.[6] Kenneally describes I Am Lion as a breakup album, exploring the fusion of his identity and the bad thoughts he had during that time.[8] The album was mixed and mastered by Barter. Its release was preceded by three singles from the album, "Women's Business", "Fickle Heart" and "Here We Go", with all three being featured on either Triple J or Triple J Unearthed.[1][9][10]

Canary toured the album throughout August and early September the same year in Melbourne, Sydney and Geelong.[11][12]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album Details Songs
Dear Universe[13] · Released: late 2011[1][6]

· Format: CD, digital download

  1. Carried Away (5:13)
  2. Matyr (3:39)
  3. Mansuit (4:10)
  4. On (4:10)
  5. Son and Father (4:40)
  6. Punch Drunk (4:50)
  7. Very Impressive (5:02)
  8. Full Moon (5:09)
  9. Interlude (1:16)
  10. Little Christ (4:40)
  11. Wounded Animal (4:18)
  12. Nell (3:48)
  13. Be Yourself (5:14)
I Am Lion[14] · Released: July 8th, 2016[6]

· Format: CD, LP, digital download

  1. Burning Man (5:46)
  2. Women's Business (6:04)
  3. Disappointed (4:37)
  4. Chameleon (5:09)
  5. Smile (4:43)
  6. The Petty Details of so-And-so' Life (feat. Lisa Salvo) (6:16)
  7. Here We Go (3:49)
  8. Fickle Heart (4:28)
  9. Last Resort (6:30)
  10. Hide and Seek (8:46)


Year Title Release Date Album
2015 "Women's Business" January 7th[15] I Am Lion
"Fickle Heart" May 16th[9]
"Here We Go" October 6th[16]

Music Videos[edit]

Canary has created a variety of music videos for songs from both of their albums. The videos range from official band music videos to live performances.[17]

Video Title Song Title Video Details Album
"Canary - Last Resort" "Last Resort" · Released: March 25th, 2013

· Live Performance

Dear Universe
"Canary - Carried Away" "Carried Away" · Released: April 6th, 2013

· Director and Producer: Kathleen Lee

"Be Yourself - Canary" "Be Yourself" · Released: February 26th, 2014

· Live Performance

· Editor: Kathleen Lee

"Canary - Women's Business [Official]" "Women's Business" · Released: July 22nd, 2015

· Director: Jam Nawaz

I Am Lion
"Canary - Here We Go [Official]" "Here We Go" · Released: November 3rd, 2015

· Director: Kathleen Lee

· Producer: Ford Sarhan

"Canary - 'Here We Go' Live" "Here We Go" · Released: June 20th, 2016

· Live Performance

"Canary - Women's Business Live" "Women's Business" · Released: July 7th, 2016

· Live Performance

"Canary - Last Resort [Music Video]" "Last Resort" · Released: July 24th, 2016

· Director and Editor: Kathleen Lee

· Cinematographer: Thom Neal

"Canary - 'Smile' Live" "Smile" · Released: August 16th, 2016

· Live Performance

"The Petty Details of So-and-So's Life" "The Petty Details of so-And-so's Life" · Released: August 30th, 2016
"Matthew Kenneally - Would You Do It Again?" "Would You Do It Again?" · Released: October 17th, 2017 Single by Matthew Kenneally


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Canary Band Camp". BandCamp. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Canary About". Canary. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  3. "Canary About". Facebook. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  4. "Machine Translations - The Tote". Facebook. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  5. "Canary Support Jackson Jackson at the Ev!". Facebook. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Canary Music". Canary. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Walker, Greg J (April 2012). "Home Grown. Canary" (PDF). Audio Technology: 74–77. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  8. Brandon, John (5 July 2016). "Premiere: Canary Take Us Through Their Lovely And Forlorn Album 'I Am Lion'". Tone Deaf. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Canary Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  10. "Canary Triple J Unearthed". Triple J Unearthed. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  11. Brandon, John (21 June 2016). "Premiere: Canary Perform The Rollicking 'Here We Go'". Tone Deaf. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  12. Sosefina, Fuamoli (8 July 2016). "Exclusive Music Video Premiere: Canary "Women's Business" (2016)". The AU Review. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  13. CANARY, 2011. Dear Universe [CD, self-released album] Available from: http://www.canaryband.com/
  14. CANARY, 2016. I Am Lion [CD, LP, self-released album] Available from: http://www.canaryband.com/
  15. ""Women's Business" by Canary". Bandcamp. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  16. ""Here We Go" by Canary". Bandcamp. 6 October 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  17. "Canary YouTube Channel". YouTube. Retrieved 20 August 2018.

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