The Casanovas

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The Casanovas
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres
Years active1999 (1999)–present
LabelsRubber
Websitethecasanovas.com.au
Members
  • Tommy Boyce
  • Damian "Damo" Campbell
  • Jordan "Jaws" Stanley
Past members
  • Patrick Boyce
  • Jimmy Lewis
  • James "Fatty" Saunders

The Casanovas are an Australian hard rock band, which formed in 1999 by Patrick Boyce on drums, his brother Tommy on lead vocals and lead guitar, and Jimmy Lewis on bass guitar. They have released four albums, The Casanovas (2004), All Night Long (2006), Terra Casanova (2015) and Reptilian Overlords (2020).

History[edit]

The Casanovas were formed in late 1999 in Melbourne as a hard rock trio by brothers Patrick "Paddy" Boyce on drums and Tommy Boyce (a.k.a. Tommy Love)[1] on lead vocals and lead guitar, with Jimmy Lewis on bass guitar.[2][3] They released their debut single, "10 Outta 10", in August 2000. They added another guitarist, James Saunders shortly after.[2] Their first extended play, Keep It Hot was released in September 2002. During 2002 Saunders left and Lewis was replaced on bass by Damian "Damo" Campbell.

Starting in December 2002 they toured Australia, United Kingdom and supported New Zealand group, the Datsuns, for their European tour. This was followed by five dates in the United States in March 2003. Their single, "Shake It", received considerable Triple J airplay.[1] Carly Sticpewich of Oz Music Project described it as "hip-shaking rock turned up to 11 that you can get drunk to while you figure out how you're going to become as cool as singer/guitarist Tommy Love. Which, of course, is impossible because rock stars as cool as this are damn hard to imitate. Eat your heart out."[1]

They toured with the Datsuns, again, in October 2003 to New Zealand. They followed by two more Australian tours; one with the Living End in November–December. In December 2003 Paddy Boyce left the group and was replaced on drums by Jordan "Jaws" Stanley (ex-the Onyas) in the following January.[4] Campbell explained "It was long time coming and everyone is still on good relations but Paddy just wanted to go and do other projects... We had to train [Stanley] up nice and quick. His first two shows were in Sydney with the Darkness and then The Big Day Out. That's putting the pressure on."[4]

They followed by another tour in early 2004 with Starky and the Specimens. Their debut self-titled album, was released in May 2004. Oz Music Project's Tim Coyle felt they "have been cruising on the groundswell of enthusiasm for four-square beats and power chord + clever-dick-solo guitar pyrotechnics, providing their rock mission statement."[5]

AllMusic's Eduardo Rivadavia observed that they "not only succeed at pulling off mirror-image AC/DC blues bombers like 'Livin' in the City', 'Shake It', and evergreen first single, '10 Outta 10', with remarkably little evident guilt; they also know how and when to step out of the box without embarrassing themselves."[6] They went on to play some dates in New York City in July and then a tour of Japan in September 2004.

A second album, All Night Long was released in 2006, from which they have released two singles, "Born to Run" and "California". Born to Run was featured on the soundtrack of video game publisher EA Sports' title, Rugby 06, as well as being the main song for Melbourne-based video game developers IR Gurus' title, AFL Premiership 2006, whilst Shake It was used in three Videogames: F1 2011 (Codemasters), WRC 4 (Evolution Studios) and This is Football 2005 (London Studio) .

Their third Album Terra Casanova was released in 2015.

Members[edit]

Current members
  • Tommy Boyce – vocals, guitar
  • Damo Campbell - vocals, bass
  • Brett "Wolfie" Wolfenden – drums
Previous members
  • Jordan "Jaws" Stanley – drums (2003–2019)
  • Patrick Boyce – drums (1999–2003)
  • Jimmy Lewis – bass guitar, vocals (1999–2002)
  • James "Fatty" Saunders – guitar, vocals (2000–01)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums with chart positions and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions
AUS
[7]
The Casanovas
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Rubber Records (RUB161)
  • Format: CD
72
All Night Long
  • Released: July 2006
  • Label: Rubber Records (RUB217)
  • Format: CD
85
Terra Casanova
  • Released: 30 July 2015
  • Label: Rubber Records (RUB288)
  • Format: CD
-
Reptilian Overlord
  • Released: 28 August 2020
  • Label: Rubber Records
  • Format: CD, Vinyl
-

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPS with selected details
Title Details
... Keep It Hot
  • Released: September 2002
  • Label: Rubber Records (RUB147)
  • Format: CD

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist and chart position
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS[7]
"10 Outta 10" 2000 - ... Keep It Hot
"Nasty" 2002 -
"Shake It" 2003 - The Casanovas
"Let It Ride" - non-album single
"No Time for Love"[8] 2004 66 The Casanovas
"Livin' in the City" -
"Heartbeat"[9] 2005 -
"Born to Run" 2006 - All Night Long
"California" 24
"The Most Hated Man in Melbourne"[10] 2011 - non-album single
"Hollywood Riot"[11] 2019 - Reptilian Overlord
"Red Hot"[12] 2020 - Reptilian Overlord

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sticpewich, Carly. "The Casanovas – 'Shake It'". Oz Music Project. Archived from the original on 9 August 2004. Retrieved 22 June 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "The Casanovas | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  3. ^ "The Casanovas". Oz Music Project. Archived from the original on 9 August 2004. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Foo Fighters and Chick Corea to perform together". Undercover News. Paul Cashmere, Ros O'Gorman. 30 January 2004. Archived from the original on 18 May 2005. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  5. ^ Coyle, Tim. "The Cassanovas – The Cassanovas". Oz Music Project. Archived from the original on 9 August 2004. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  6. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "The Casanovas – The Casanovas | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  7. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  8. ^ "No Time for Love - single". Apple Music. March 2004. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Heartbeat- single". Apple Music. 2005. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  10. ^ "The Most Hated Man in Melbourne - single". Apple Music. June 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Hollywood Riot - single". Apple Music. October 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Red Hot - single". Apple Music. June 2020. Retrieved 28 July 2020.

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