Infusion in Melbourne in 2007
|Origin||Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia|
|Genres||Electronica, electronic rock, alternative dance, house|
Infusion were an Australian electronica band, originally from Wollongong which formed in 1998. Founding members, Jamie Stevens and Manuel Sharrad, met in 1988 at a local high school. Frank Xavier also hails from Wollongong, although he did not meet the other two until they had relocated to Sydney. Sharrad is Infusion's vocalist. They provide energetic live performances and have a long résumé of remixes. The band signed with Thunk Records, an underground electronic label.
The trio's music evolved from the rave and club scene, widening in scope to include traditional pop song structures. By 2004 the group had relocated to Melbourne, after signing with BMG in the previous October. Their 2004 single, "Girls Can Be Cruel", received airplay on Australia's alternative music radio station, Triple J. Infusion have also released singles on Audio Therapy and Marine Parade. They have played at international music festivals including the Glastonbury Festival, Roskilde Festival, the Meco Festival in Portugal, the Tshitraka Festival in Germany and Splendour in the Grass (all in 2004), the Big Day Out (in 2005 and 2009) and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Creamfields Argentina (both in 2006). In December 2008, they played Homebake, alongside Crowded House, PNAU, The Vines and Sneaky Sound System. In 2009, they were part of the Australian contingent at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
Infusion have won two ARIA Music Awards for best dance release: in 2004 for the single "Girls Can Be Cruel" and in 2005 for their first album for Sony BMG, Six Feet Above Yesterday. Their album All Night Sun Light was released on 7 July 2009 on their own independent label Futuresque. The song, "Dogtown", has been posted on their Myspace profile and is featured as a remix on the Ministry of Sound's Clubber's Guide 2009.
Adam Freeland's remix of the track "Better World" appears on the 2005 video game Burnout Revenge. Infusion are no longer active, performing their last show with Leftfield at the Enmore Theatre in 2013.
Xavier produces records under the pseudonym Francis Xavier on Australian label Motorik!, and is a member of their rotating deejay collective, The Motorik Vibe Council, alongside members of The Lost Valentinos, The Bang Gang Deejays and Dreems, in addition to production credits on a plethora of tracks including Flight Facilities' debut "Crave You".
Jamie Stevens has released solo under his own name on a large variety of record labels.
- Phrases and Numbers – Shock Records/HMV (2000)
- Legacy (2003)
- Six Feet Above Yesterday (2004)
- All Night Sun Light (2009)
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