Australian band Rain Factory formed in the northern suburbs of Melbourne in 1990 and played their first formal gig at a local community (City of Whittlesea) ‘battle of the bands’. After winning that competition the band launched into their recording career with the release of their first EP, Home Street Home in 1991. Inspired by their ongoing success and eager to record more material, the band released their debut album, the stylistically diverse and hyperactive sounding Circus in 1993.
The CD received impressive reviews from the local press including Rolling Stone, Juke, Juice, In Press and Beat Magazines, prompting one reviewer to sum up the band’s soundscape as “a hybrid noise which could best be described as U2 meets Hunters & Collectors with Midnight Oil spunk”. Australia’s pre-eminent youth station Triple J rated the single Solitude in the Top 100 of their summer playlist in 1992.
The mid 1990’s saw the band undergo personnel changes and continue to develop as solid musicians and performers, refining their lyrics to form powerful songs that appealed to a broad audience. The band’s effort culminated with the release of their pop ambient EP Birdman in 1994 and the brooding, harsh glam-industrial sounding At the End of The Day in 1998. The album spawned their first video for the single ‘20th Century Trash’, receiving modest rotation on RAGE and the band soon decided to take an indefinite break from the independent music scene.
In 2011, Rain Factory’s original members reunited with a newfound vigour, creativity and passion for their music and commenced recording their 3rd album. The project was placed on hold as life took its toll until 2018 when the band resumed the recording.
In June 2019, after 6 years, Rain Factory has finally released that album. Titled Stimulus Response it once again highlights the band’s epic soundscapes and propensity towards experimenting with different styles and arrangements. The band’s music is traditional rock with an alternative leaning that is resplendent with big guitar riffs and melodies. Structured fluently and crafted with patience, their songs are thematic and relevant examining the paradoxical nature of bittersweet love and life.