The Steele Syndicate has got the groove, and it’s infectious. An evolution of Steele McMahon’s solo work, the Brisbane-based octet has an eclectic, genre-bending sound that reimagines elements of old school funk, reggae, ska and indie rock. Rich vocal harmonies
blend with a roaring, four-piece horn section to create music that is energised and emotional, for dancing breathlessly and for pondering deeply.
The band is quickly making its mark on the scene in Brisbane and beyond. Since the formation of its current lineup in September 2015, The Steele Syndicate has played regularly at established Brisbane live music venues, performed at The Sydney Opera House, headlined a community festival on the Sunshine Coast, toured to Byron Bay, and played ‘A Set Adrift’ on a yacht off Mooloolaba. The band has entered and won two band competitions – the Sigma Stockies Band Competition (2016) and the Brightside Homegrown Battle of the Bands (2015).
Packing the punch of its acclaimed live set into a record, The Steele Syndicate released its debut EP, ‘Antipodes’, on August 4th, 2016. The launch was celebrated with a headlining show at The Triffid in Newstead playing to nearly 600 fans. Since its release, the EP and lead single ‘Where I Need To Be’ have received nationwide airplay on local and community radio.
The Steele Syndicate’s feel-good music never fails to get crowds moving. Looking to the future, the band is excited to bring its energetic groove to a wider audience in the months and years to come.