Hindley Street Country Club is based in Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia.
It was born in November 2017 by cofounders Darren Mullan and Constantine Delo, and started out as some mates putting their jams on YouTube. Most of the performances were shot in Adelaide Recording Studios, which is Darren’s studio: www.adelaiderecordingstudios.com.au
Where does the name come from?
Hindley Street is located in the centre of the city of Adelaide, and many of the musicians who have played with HSCC had gigs as original bands up and down that street in the 1970s and 80s. The name is a play on the reputation of the street, which in addition to pubs, clubs, amusement arcades, cinemas, fast food outlets and ice cream parlours, featured adult entertainment, tattoo shops, motorcycle gangs and a steady stream of traffic cruising up and down the strip. Hindley Street is an eclectic mix of activity today, including a university campus at one end. There is no actual 'country club' on Hindley Street in Adelaide, and the in-joke is mixing up a genteel concept like a country club with ‘Hindley Street’.
Does HSCC really record live?
All HSCC tracks are recorded live, with everyone in the room (with the exception of a few when COVID 19 restrictions were a bit tighter in South Australia). Here’s a short vid that shows how this is done (in short - there is no PA, the sound is captured differently).
The performances are mixed in post-production by HSCC co-founder and sound guru Darren Mullan (pictured). You can see him in action on his Producernerd YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/producernerd
Why do all the musicians in your band keep changing around?
HSCC is more than just a band, it is a music collective. From the beginning, we wanted to reach a wide audience and to do this we needed to show versatility. We had many talented friends who were willing to come and jam, and with the best comes their networks. Artists and musicians shared the tracks and our popularity grew from that. It has been a successful platform to showcase South Australian music and vocal talent, and to create enjoyment of music for both performers and audience. The number and composition of players depends on the song, and sometimes a little luck (it can be sometimes difficult to get everyone together in the same place at the same time).
Where do you find all your incredible musicians and singers?
Almost all of them are from Adelaide, and the vast majority have had long careers in the music and live performance industry in Adelaide. Some have featured on national TV, and some have toured internationally with other projects. Many are old hands of the weekly live cover band scene, with three or four decades or more of experience. Many are jazz trained in the University of Adelaide’s Elder Consortium of Music.
Do you play live?
HSCC started out as a digital band, until demand for live shows saw us sell out two x 300 head shows at The German Club in Adelaide, in November 2018, within a year of starting out.
By mid 2019, we had over 1,000 people at our show in Adelaide’s iconic Thebarton Theatre, one of the larger venues for live performance in Adelaide.
In late 2019 we played an outdoor show called ‘Under the Stars’ at the Morphettville Racecourse.
In 2020, we have one show in Adelaide, again at the Thebarton Theatre, in mid November.
To supplement the loss of possible performances due to the current Covid situation, the HSCC will live stream around the world whenever possible.
Why do you change the key/arrangement/chords (etc) of the songs you do?
We’re striving to deliver our own unique take on classic songs, not create a carbon copy of the original. HSCC cofounder Constantine Delo (pictured) is the band’s arranger.
Are you touring?
There is a lot of interest in HSCC touring which is something we intend to do, subject to restrictions around COVID19 and people we can work with to organise shows in a given location.
Where can I buy your music?
You can listen online on YouTube, and you can also find our tracks for sale in your favourite digital store, just search for ‘Hindley Street Country Club’ or HSCC. You can also buy CDs in our merch store: