The Triffids

Formed May 1978. Disbanded 1989.

Australian rock band

The Triffids


The Triffids were a seminal Australian alternative rock and pop band formed in Perth, Western Australia, in May 1978 with David McComb as singer-songwriter, guitarist, bass guitarist and keyboardist. They achieved negligible success in Australia, but greater success in the U.K. and Scandinavia in the 1980s, disbanding in 1989. Some of their best known songs are "Wide Open Road" (February 1986) and "Bury Me Deep in Love" (October 1987). Their 1986 album, Born Sandy Devotional, was featured by SBS television in 2007 on the Great Australian Albums series, and in 2010 it ranked 5th in the book The 100 Best Australian Albums by Toby Creswell, Craig Mathieson and John O'Donnell.

The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) recognised The Triffids' importance on 1 July 2008 when they were inducted into their Hall of Fame. Music historian Ian McFarlane declared, "The Triffids remain one of Australia's best-loved, post-punk groups [...] McComb was an authoritative singer and accomplished songwriter [...] he infused his melancholy songs with stark yet beautiful and uniquely Australian imagery. Few songwriters managed to capture the feeling of isolation and fatalistic sense of despair of the Australian countryside." They, along with The Go-Betweens, from Brisbane, were two of the most literate and evocative Australian bands of the 1980s,[citation needed] both created outside the mainstream Sydney-Melbourne pop/rock nexus.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Wide Open Road - The Best of The Triffids

    Wide Open Road - The Best of The Triffids 2010

    Reviewed by Alix Buscovic
    Compelling narratives of disappointment and despair, which give voice to the lonely.
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