INTRODUCING THE BAND

Adam Coad (Drums, Backing Vocals)

Adam Coad is a versatile and accomplished musician, performing, writing, recording and teaching across a range of genres and instruments.

Adam studied drums and percussion at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), completing an Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music and a Bachelor of Arts (Jazz). He made the move to Melbourne in 2007 and has collaborated with many musicians on a number of projects and bands.

Adam is currently working on his own original project, Snowy Buskins, which brings together his eclectic range of musical influences, as well as collaborating with original Jazz Trio, LAA. Adam performs with well regarded Melbourne musicians Lisa Miller, Shane O’mara and Sherry Rich, percussionist Ray Peraria’s new ensemble “Milton”, Ethiopian bands Afro Habesha and J Azmaris, boogie woogie duo The Every Men, as well as playing and recording with singer-songwriters Damon Smith, David Cosma, Dan Lethbridge, Nicholas Roy and Scott Mellis. He has supported a number of Iconic Australian bands, including the Whitlams, the Audreys, Diana Anaid, Lowrider, The Melodics and Canadian singer songwriter Dan Mangan.

David Cosma (Acoustic Guitar and Vocals)

From a very early age, David taught himself to sing & play guitar. Elvis was his first serious love, seeing old footage of his idol on the Ed Sullivan Show, which would start him on a long musical journey.

David played in bands throughout his teens and began writing original music in his mid 20's. In 2008, he made the decision to concentrate full time on his passion and music became his way of life. He's had four releases to date and continues to perform live in Melbourne and throughout Australia. Recent gigs include the St. Kilda Festival, Caloundra Music Festival and the International Arts & Music Festival.

His obsession with Elvis developed over the years into an obsession for music of the era and so began his interest in Sun Records. Having visited the Union Ave studio on three occasions, David is relishing in the opportunity to perform some of his favorite and most influential songs together with his good friend and Sun aficionado Damon Smith.

Trent McKenzie (Upright and Electric Bass, Backing Vocals)

Trent’s professional bass playing began in 2000 when he was employed as the house band bass player on Channel 7’s ‘Denise’ program. This allowed Trent the opportunity to perform and tour with a number of Australian and international stars such as the Drifters, Charlie Pride, Al Jarreau, Larry Adler, Normie Rowe and Frankie J Holden. He has toured the country with everything from cover bands, Elvis, Johnny Cash and Grease impersonators to a number of original bands which has seen Trent play most recently with Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, playing at nearly every Australian music festival and receiving a number of awards and accolades for their debut album.

​Damon Smith (Piano, guitar and Vocals)

As a teenager Damon grew ever so slightly obsessed with Sun records and its piano master, Jerry Lee Lewis, and would spend endless hours alone at the family piano, clambering awkwardly across the keys trying to recreate Lee’s inimitable talents.

As a multi instrumentalist and budding composer, Damon made a life-changing move from Perth To Melbourne eight years ago to pursue his own original music career and has worked as a session musician, producer, writer and performer, playing over 350 shows throughout Australia and America and has received outstanding praise and acclaim for his latest record (2011).

Since snatching an opportunity to record in the actual Sun Studio in May 2011, Damon became obsessed once again with the sounds of Sun and teamed up with fellow Melbourne stalwart and Elvis fan extraordinaire, David Cosma to create the ‘Sun Rising’ experience.

​Adrian Whyte (Electric guitar and Backing Vocals)

At just 25 years of age, Adrian Whyte has shared the stage with nearly every psychobilly band to set foot in Australia in the last decade including Tiger Army, Nekromantix and Mad Sin. His admiration for guitarists such as Chet Atkins, Wes Montgomery, Billy Gibbons, Scotty Moore and the legendary Django Reinhardt has helped shape his playing while still maintaining his own style. Combining an enthusiasm for rockabilly guitar pickin' with a passion for all things guitar, Whyte brings an authenticity to the Sun guitar sound.

Adrian is also an original artist having written and performed in bands including Manic Pistoleros and The Vaudevillains. His instrumental guitar arrangements have seen him filmed by Los Angeles' world famous guitar collector Norman Harris, also coming to the attention of 'Nick 13' from Tiger Army.