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Strange Karma


Country Australia

Style Progressive Rock/Hard Rock

Profile The story of Strange Karma begins, as most rock and roll stories often do, with a single moment and a spark that turned itself into a raging inferno.  This spark took place inside a tiny little bar in New York City with our lead singer Martin Strange.  After a few drinks, Martin would take to a table and begin belting out the lyrics to Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” to a crowd of fascinated bar patrons.  Once his impromptu performance was completed, Martin’s path became clear and he knew what had to happen next.

He quickly returned to his native Australia and, with his brother Paul in the mix, started developing an arsenal of original songs.  These songs captured the powerhouse rock elements of Led Zeppelin with a flair and pomposity reminiscent of Queen.  In 2004 the brothers would soon form a band around them and tour Australia relentlessly.  This energy would soon lead to them taking their act to the UK, where they would receive rave reviews and develop a strong, loyal fan base.

Upon returning to Australia three years later, lineup changes forced Martin and Paul to regroup.   A number of auditions later drummer Jason McDonald was brought into the fold, and with a temporary bassist Strange Karma hit the Sydney scene hard, playing both the old favorites and new songs forged from the fires of life on the road.  In 2010 the band would receive high honors from the UK, being awarded an MP3 Music Award for Best Unsigned Act.

Months after the UK award, Strange Karma decided to take the leap and bring their act to the States.  Quickly organizing dates in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Strange Karma was received with an overwhelmingly positive response.  In this time the band took over LA’s Sunset Strip with repeat performances at venues such as The Roxy Theater, The Cat Club and the legendary Whisky a Go Go.  Bassist Doe Prijono was flown in from Brisbane soon after to solidify the lineup, and the band finished their US dates and returned home.

In November of 2011 Strange Karma came back to the US, playing from LA to New York City and back on a breakneck pace.  It was on this tour that the band was introduced to producer David Ivory (Halestorm, Silvertide, The Roots).  The following summer, Strange Karma would fly back to Ivory’s suburban Philadelphia studio and record what would become their highly anticipated follow up to their debut album.

Spearheaded by their hard-hitting single “Devil from the Moon”, Strange Karma’s new album is a veritable arsenal of ten new songs that have been cultivated and primed to take over the airwaves.   The ups and downs of Strange Karma’s path to rock stardom has led up to this moment, where what was once Australia’s best kept secret is now on the brink of becoming the definitive next movement in rock and roll.


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– America (formely known as Vol. 1) [2011]
– Devil From The Moon [2014]



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