It’s hard to believe it’s barely been four years since Raised By Eagles played their first live show. With two acclaimed albums already under their belt – their eponymous 2013 debut and 2015’s Diamonds in the Bloodstream – the Melbourne band have recently released their third album, I Must Be Somewhere, – once again to unanimous rave reviews.
Still, it’s not so much what this band has achieved in such a short time – a Best Country Album nomination at The Age Music Victoria Awards in 2013 for their first album, winning the same award along with Best Emerging Artist for Diamonds two years later, major festival slots including two Americana Festivals in Nashville – but how they’ve done it.
You’d swear Luke Sinclair, Nick O’Mara, Johnny Gibson and Luke Richardson grew up playing music together. See Raised By Eagles live and it’s as if they draw breath together. Then there’s the music itself; it’s evocative, old-soul Americana coming out of men surely not old enough to play it with such integrity, sincerity and presence – but they do.