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Augies' long march to ARIAs

September 13, 2006
Melbourne rock band Augie March have been nominated for four ARIA awards.

Melbourne rock band Augie March have been nominated for four ARIA awards.
Photo: Domino Postiglione

It's taken Australian rock band Augie March more than a decade to break into mainstream music, but the hard slog has finally paid off. The band's persistence was rewarded today when it secured four Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) award nominations.

"It's been a long road. There are other things you achieve along the way, but this is national recognition," Augie March frontman Glenn Richards said following the announcement.

The band's single, One Crowded Hour, from their latest album Moo, You Bloody Choir, has received more mainstream radio play than any of their previously released singles. In the past, the band's ARIA awards experience has been limited to an engineer of the year award, for debut album, Sunset Studies, in 2001.

"This is the first time ever the band has been recognised in this way," Richards said.

"I can't believe we got four nominations, I am still shocked."

Augie March has been nominated for best rock album, single of the year, best group and album of the year, up against the likes of Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning and rockers Eskimo Joe.

"There are some better known bands in there. It's best to expect the worst possible outcome and then everything else is a bonus," Richards said.

Last year's best group winners, Eskimo Joe, received five ARIA nominations for their chart-topping album Black Fingernails, Red Wine.Since bursting onto the music scene in 2001, they have won three ARIA awards from 12 nominations.

"It would be awesome to win five," Eskimo Joe's lead singer, Kav Temperley, said. "Anyone who says they don't want to win an ARIA because it's like, whatever, is lying. To win all of them would be amazing."

Today, the band won producer of the year while the new album earned an award for engineer of the year in a pre-ARIA awards ceremony.

Hip-hop stars Hilltop Hoods, Led Zeppelin-inspired rockers Wolfmother and Fanning also received five nominations each.

This year marks the 20th anniversary for the ARIA Awards.

From humble beginnings in which there were no live performances, to a music and entertainment extravaganza, the ARIA Awards has established itself as one of Australia's premium award events.

The annual ceremony will be held at the Sydney Superdome on Sunday, October 29 with a total of 28 awards to be presented. They cover categories such as classical, pop, country, children's music, dance, urban, jazz, world music and rock genres.

Fighting it out in the best male artist category will be Fanning, Ben Lee, Bob Evans, Dan Kelly and Pete Murray.

Clare Bowditch, Holly Throsby, Jade MacRae, Jen Cloher and Kasey Chambers will battle for best female artist.

Group of the year nominees include Rogue Traders and The Living End.

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