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Encyclopedia entry for 'Front End Loader' LETTER:

Formed in 1991
StyleHard rock
 Original line-up: Davis Claymore (vocals, guitar; ex-Edelweiss), Bowden Campbell (guitar, vocals; ex-Edelweiss), Richard Corey (bass; ex-Kryptonics), Peter Kostic (drums; ex-Kryptonics)
 Albums: Front End Loader (Survival, 1993), Let's Ride! (Shagpile/Shock, 1995), Last of the V8 Interceptors (Shagpile/Shock, 1997).

History
Heavy duty Sydney four-piece Front End Loader (formed December 1991) could never be considered subtle. Its debut single was called `Weak as Piss', backed with `All-Star Jam' and `Strange Tools' (February 1993). Front End Loader signed to the Survival label and issued the EP 'Fraid Knot (May 1993) and its debut self-titled album (June). The album highlighted the band's sense of humour and gritty, unrestrained brand of thrash rock. The CD EP Adolescent Fantasy World (June 1994) kept up the momentum, while the split single (`Heightened State of Awareness') shared with The Fireballs was a ragged free-for-all. In late 1993, Front End Loader toured nationally with American visitors No Means No, a favour that was reciprocated when the Sydneysiders were invited on a European tour in October 1994.

Let's Ride! and its single `Be-Jesus' (March 1995) mixed brawn with irony, complex riffs with eccentric humour. Front End Loader contributed a track to the AC/DC tribute album on BMG Fuse Box: The Alternative Tribute (July 1995). As well as undertaking the Heavy Weight Kings of Rock national tour with The Superjesus and awesome New Zealand band Shihad (August 1996), Front End Loader appeared on the bill of the Big Day Out for three years in a row (1993–95). The band's third album, Last of the V8 Interceptors, and its CD EP, `Pulse', appeared in August 1997.

The Front End Loader song ‘Pulse’ logged the #72 placement on the 1997 Triple J Hottest 100 list. The Last of the V8 Interceptors album produced two more singles, ‘Summer Hits’ (February 1998) and ‘4 Star Heritage Arsehole’ (April). By the end of 1998, Bowden Campbell was working with new Sydney band Stella One Eleven. He was also one of the guest musicians playing on Jimmy Little’s 1999 album, Messenger.

By that stage, Front End Loader had recorded a new CD single with veteran entertainer Barry Crocker, a rendition of Queen’s ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’. Issued in July 1999, the single also appeared on the Timelines: The Intergenerational Music Project album (September). Produced by ex-Do Ré Mi members, Helen Carter and Stephen Phillip, the album was issued to celebrate the 1999 Year of Older People. At the end of the year, drummer Peter Kostic joined Regurgitator as temporary replacement for the departing Martin Lee.



Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop / Ian McFarlane 1999
under licence from Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd

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