Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1981, by the Hearn brothers (Bruce and Ian), Strange Tenants are widely recognised as the Godfathers of Australian Ska.
The originality of their songs transcended this usual genre, with first-class musicianship and vocals. They toured Australia almost constantly and supported overseas acts including UB40, The Style Council and U2.
Staunchly independent, they were known for the loyalty of their fans and the (left-wing) social commentary of their lyrics – lending their services to causes such as Rock Against Racism and Friends of the Earth.
The band continues to tour and release their own material.
Bruce ‘Boots’ Hearn
Vocals, trumpet, harmonica
‘Evil’ Ian Hearn
Chris ‘The Artful Dodger’ Rogers
Robert ‘Bobby Dazzler’ Calvert
Jeff ‘Bongo I Dread’ Denny
John ‘The Wad’ Holmes
Phil ‘The Reverend’ Groves