Front End Loader was formed in the early summer of 1991 in the back streets of the Sydney suburb of Darlington. ‘Front End Loader’ was originally chosen as a ridiculous, strictly temporary name, until something better came up.
Their first album was the self-titled Front End Loader, featuring the singles “Weak as Piss”, “‘Fraid Knot” and “All Star Jam”. An appearance at the 1993 Sydney Big Day Out… was the band’s first experience of rock festival excess.
In early 1994 they released the Adolescent Fantasy World EP, and second album Let’s Ride!, was released in March 1995. Their third album, Last of the V8 Interceptors emerged in August 1997, preceded by the single “Pulse”, experienced high rotation radio play.
March 2002 saw the release of album number four How Can We Fail When We’re So Sincere?. In August 2003 they released a mini-album titled Ape Got Fire.
The next release, scheduled to be a live album recorded at Sydney’s Annandale Hotel, was anxiously awaited on by fans for approximately 4 years. Finally released on 01.04.2008, Laughing with Knives is a 2 CD set which Includes 22 tracks + a bonus 19-track disc of rarities & out-of-print recordings & an 8-page booklet with track-by-track liner notes.
Sometimes known as the best live rock band in the country, and other times the drunkest, Front End Loader are back with a new slab of down-your-throat-n-try-to-keep-it-down hard rockin’ tunes engineered perfectly for modern day living.
An offering of thirteen killer tunes plus one to satisfy your mamma, The Loader’s anthemic approach with this album has provided songs that wouldn’t sound out of place either at a football Grand Final or a Goulburn Gaol Riot, yet they still manage to maintain the melodic sensibilities that will have the cast from Glee drooling into their Cherry Colas.
Starting with the rather appropriate “But Before I Do”, Front End Loader manages to maintain the teenage angst as well as any band today, which is a fine achievement considering they are all in their mid 30’s and married with kids. The obvious single is “Bring It On”, a rather in your face homage to the struggles of a young man dealing with life in the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the Age of Metternich. Other killer tracks include “The Duality of Man” which deals with the Port Arthur massacre in a funky kind of way, track 11 “My Other Pants” is a tender tale about another pair of pants, and the final tune “The Anger Dollar” sees the band having introspective intercourse with their own heads. It’s a great musical journey for all the family.
Having said that, the band has decided to be complete fuckin’ wankers by using a musical term as the title of the album that the everyday person wouldn’t have a clue about. “Ritardando”, so Wikipedia informs, means “less gradual slowing down”, so unless you’re Paul Grabowski or Eric Grothe Jr you may get the wrong idea. I mean, seriously, why couldn’t they just call it “Less Gradual Slowing Down”???
Front end Loader’s history is littered with critically acclaimed releases, critically acclaimed shows, and a critically acclaimed lack of attention to what is needed to be successful in the music industry. Thankfully, for their own peace of mind, this does not seem to bother them.
With almost 20 years as a unit, they remain as tight in bonding as they are in rhythm, and have maintained their musical integrity if not their ponytails and their penchant for “foot on foldback” stage antics (which was always difficult when the foldback was suspended from the ceiling).