PHOTOGRAPHER, TONY MOTT
Fendahlene formed in Sydney in late 1994 by Paul Whiteley, Ashley Hurst and Ben Felton. After their 1995 debut at the Iron Duke Hotel in Sydney (where the venue became one of the first of many to misspell the band’s name), they gigged steadily around Sydney for 2 years before releasing their critically acclaimed debut EP Blue Fortress. Two tracks from it – the title track and Tortured Soul – featured on a national advertising campaign for SHARP stereo systems, whilst Point of View featured on Foghorn Record’s Grow Your Own 2.
Their debut album Anyone Who’s Anyone followed in 1998, with songs played on radio stations TripleM, 2DAY, 2JJJ and on college radio in Minneapolis and Santa Monica.
In 2000 they teamed up with leading Australian producer, Garth Porter for the track, Lie To Me, followed by the EP, Touchdown in 2002, which showcased the hit Glebe Point Road, a staple on that winter’s NOVA 96.9 rotation and also featured on Triple M’s Planet Rock. Fendahlene were the natural choice to headline the Glebe Street Fair in 2004. A double album – A Decade of Near Misses – was released in 2005, combining 13 new tracks with 13 of the band’s favourite oldies.