The Steele Syndicate is all about the groove. Steele McMahon’s Brisbane-based octet is raucous, punchy and fun, with a genre-bending sound that reimagines elements of old school funk, reggae, ska and indie rock. The band packs a roaring four-piece horn section and a rhythm section to match, creating music from soulful, contemplative ballads to dance-inducing funk frenzies.
Since its formation in September 2015, The Steele Syndicate has entertained over 80,000 people at Sydney’s City2Surf road run, played at the Sydney Opera House, Cairns’ Reef Hotel and Casino, Peregian Originals, NightQuarter and a host of Brisbane’s best venues. The band is also breaking into the festival scene, appearing at the 2017 Gum Ball Music Festival, Newstead Roots Festival and headlining the Teneriffe Festival. They’re a besuited instrument-hopping unit!
Packing the punch of its acclaimed live set into a record, The Steele Syndicate released its debut EP, ‘Antipodes’ in August 2016. Since its release, the EP and lead single ‘Where I Need To Be’ have received nationwide airplay on Triple J, local and community radio.
The Steele Syndicate has been back in the studio and is set to release a second EP in 2018. With a number of national dates already in the calendar, the band looks forward to unleashing their evolved, energetic groove to new venues, new cities and new audiences in the months and years to come.
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