A version of Bluebottle
Kiss appeared in '93 and in '94 a four piece line up released
a cassette called 'Sonic Elevator Music For the Masses'.
It wasn't til '95 though that they released their first
album after being signed to Murmur records. The line up
at this stage had settled to songwriter, vocalist and guitarist
Jamie Hutchings, bassist and vocalist Ben Fletcher and drummer
Peter Noble. There were three releases with this lineup:
'Higher up the Firetrails' (lp) a young loose and angsty
debut, 'Double Yellow Tarred' (mini-lp) which still rates
as one of the most intense and adventurous Australian releases
of the '90's and their second album the sprawling and atmospheric
'Fear of Girls' which saw them team up with U.S producer
By '97 the band had recruited new drummer Richard Coneliano.
They recorded one more release for Murmur - 'Somnambulist
Homesick Blues' which saw them receive intensive radio play
for the first time with the leading track 'Generic Teen',
the track also later made the top 20 best Australian songs
of all time for national station jjj.
The band recorded another e.p in '98 for Troy Horse records
- 'Tap Dancing on the Titanic' a more angular stripped back
release, and saved enough money to fund their third album
'Patient'. This was released on Citadel records as well
as an e.p 'Girl Genius' in '99. It was a sparse, heavy release
perfectly capturing the band at their live peak as a three
piece and again receiving plenty of airplay as well as solidifying
the bands growing live fanbase.
Bluebottle Kiss were then picked up by US internet record
label, Spin Records who provided the band with a lengthy
US tour where they slugged it out for months. Spin later
went broke, making the band label-less again, but the band
spent late 2000 recording the "Revenge Is Slow" album, which
saw a more melodic, baroque phycadelic pop feel to the band's
sound. 2001 saw the inclusion of new bassist Ben Grounds,
who joined Bluebottle Kiss from his Wollongong band Lariat.
Original bassist Ben Fletcher moved to guitar expanding
the band to a four piece.
'Revenge Is Slow' was eventually released on Nick Carr's
new Nonzero label in '02 . The first single "Ounce Of Your
Cruelty" was released both locally and the UK by the Sugarshack
label. The album also saw a U.S release on 'In Music We
Trust' records and 'Laughing Outlaw' in the u.k.
2001 saw bassist Ben Fletcher focus on his side project
The Devoted Few, which also featured drummer Richard Coneliano.
Fletcher and Hutchings then completed a two week tour of
the u.k and Scotland as a duo in late 2002 shortly after
drummer Richard Coneliano quit.
2003 saw the recruitment of new drummer Simon Fuhrer and
the band returned to the studio to record their fifth full
length 'Come Across'which was a more swinging, epic, narrative
driven album. It was released late in '03 and was followed
by a sold out Australian tour in early '04.
Fuhrer departed shortly after due to family commitments
and was replaced by long term fan Jared Harrison. In late
'04 Fletcher announced he was leaving to focus more on his
outfit The Devoted Few. With the impending release of 'Come
Across' on their u.s label the band again moved the lineup
around with bassist Ben Grounds moving to his original first
instrument the guitar and new bassist Ross Dickie being
added. Bluebottle Kiss then returned to the u.s and u.k
for a 25 date tour.
Having returned back to Australia in early '05 they are
in the early pre-production stages of album number 6 as
well as preparing to re-release their long out of print
second album 'Fear of Girls'.