Taking influences from a diverse range of styles, HAMMERS seamlessly blend elements of Stoner Rock, Metal, Blues, topped off with the anecdotal lyrical style of country, then spat in your face with the attitude of punk. Fronted by ‘storm in a tea cup’ vocalist Leigh ‘Fish’ Dowling, guitarist/vocalist Lucas Stone, bassist Ricky T and drummer Ryan ‘Ruckus’ Lucas, HAMMERS aren’t reinventing the wheel, they’re just keeping it rockin’ and rollin’.
Hailing from the Northern Rivers of NSW, Hammers made a mark with the release of their debut EP 'Homeblokes' in 2018, which was supported with a string of killer shows, big name supports, festival appearances (Dead of Winter, Halloween Hysteria and Rock for Rain) as well as a nomination for ‘Best Video’ for their clip ‘Dead Set’ at the Gold Coast Music Awards.
In Jan 2019, the band released the hard hitting B-side track ‘Pocket Soup’ and embarked on the ‘B-sides by the Seaside’ co-headline tour with Melbourne band Captives. The tour saw HAMMERS play Tasmania for the first time, before returning home to continue work on the 2nd EP "Kicking Goals" which was released mid-Pandemic in August 2020.
'Kicking Goals' sees a true melding of character between lead vocalist Fish’s original HAMMERS Country & Southern Metal stylings, colliding headlong into a wall of super-charged riffs and re-writes from the prolific guitarist and songsmith that Lucas has established himself as over the years. The result is a feast for the ears which has gained rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Hammers returned to the stage after the pandemic eased in Feb 2021, with a slot on 'The Other Festival' at The Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane, alongside Cog, Wolf & Cub and Osaka Punch.
The tail end of 2021 is looking to be the busiest yet for the band, with their maiden voyage to Darwin with fellow Beats label mates, Captives, then the QLD leg of the rescheduled AFTERMATH Festival which now takes place in Nov/Dec.
Beats Cartel Presents
HAMMERS 'Yeah Mate!' 2021 Australian Tour
Fri 24th Sept - Railway Club DARWIN
Sat 25th Aug - Railway Club DARWIN
Sat 23rd Oct - Halloween Hysteria BRISBANE
Fri 26th Nov - Eleven Dive Bar SUNSHINE COAST
Sat 27th Nov - Woolly Mammoth BRISBANE
Sun 28 Nov - Mo's Desert Clubhouse GOLD COAST
Tickets and full show info at www.beatscartel.com/aftermath
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FESTIVAL + SUPPORTS
Mojo Burning | Halloween Hysteria | Beyond Thunderdome | Rock for Rain
Dead of Winter | Blacken Open Air | AFTERMATH
Cog | The Butterfly Effect | Nashville Pussy | Dead Letter Circus | Thy Art Is Murder | The Screaming Jets | Captives | Black Rheno | Smoking Martha | The Black Swamp
REVIEW + ACCLAIM
“If there is one thing that has not changed, it’s Fish’s relationship with the crowd. He’s one of the best frontmen you’ll find in Australia. Non stop energy out the wazoo. The rest of the band are no less energetic, keeping the stage lit with an all out rock show while Fish smashes through the crowd entertaining at ground level." - BlankGC
"The only thing understated about Hammers is their entrance. They start like it’s a soundcheck until you realise front man Fish is actually reciting lyrics in his broad Aussie drawl. Then bang! The riffs – heavy, slow and grooving – arrive and have heads bobbing around the packed venue. Fish plays to every corner in the room, while band pick up the pace rattling the concrete building with the fun stoner rock vibe. This is a party dude and Hammers is the perfect stoner party band." - HIFIWAY
"These guys serve up old school power rock with a side serving of cheeky Aussie ratbag. Their sound has a great Rage Against the Machine energy to it with strong influences of Motley Crue, Iron Maiden and even adding some great vocal harmonies amongst the chaos with a Van Halen feel lingering amongst it all". - GCLIVE
"While there's an undeniable wallop of heaving riffs and bold tales permeating the Hammers brand, perhaps the most intriguing element to the overall picture is the quartet's ability to hark back to some of the greats of true-blue Aussie pub and punk rock without drowning their craft in imitation. Alongside the cheek and the sonic debauchery, Hammers are a group who will rock your socks off, and Kicking Goals is a polished riot that'll delight and surprise (and inadvertently have you reaching for a tinnie or two)." - THE SOUNDCHECK