Singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Melbourne-based SPENDER, is a musical powerhouse. Following a sold-out national tour in support of Mama Kin, a debut single on high rotation on Triple J and the release of a YouTube video clip viral sensation, SPENDER releases his debut EP MODERN PEST on July 12, through Donut Beach Records and MGM Distribution.

MODERN PEST’s lead single, BED & CHAIR was immediately added to Triple J upon release and has found a welcoming audience with its punchy pop undertones. The six-track EP also features NEVER AGAIN, a song that showcases SPENDER’S prowess on the saxophone, an instrument that has taken him from busking the streets of Melbourne to a sought after session musician. It was NEVER AGAIN that became a viral sensation, registering more than 35,000 views within the first week of release due to Twitter support from artists such as Kimbra and Sia.

An EP of pop gems and infectious melodies, MODERN PEST features guest vocalists Gotye (HOTEL HOME) and Clairy Browne (PEACE OF YOUR MIND), truly exemplifying SPENDER‘s unique skills as a producer and songwriter, not to mention his knack for securing the support of Australia’s leading lights in the music industry.

“Given that songwriting and the craft of producing are quite solitary pursuits, I thrive on adding a further layer to my process through artistic collaborations. I’m drawn to artists with unique voices, clear vision and broad imaginations, and my hope is that MODERN PEST reflects all of those things. To me, this EP is a peep into the musical kaleidoscope I have been developing since I first started playing and writing music at age 12.” Spender.

Recorded in a multitude of bedrooms, studios and hotel rooms, MODERN PEST unearths a musical world of diverse arrangements, pop sensibilities and slick production. An artist who thrives on collaboration, artistic engagement and pushing the boundaries of what it means to create music, SPENDER is a refreshing addition to the Australian musical landscape.

SPENDER launches MODERN PEST with his own national headline tour in November, following The Winter Secrets Australian tour with Clare Bowditch throughout August. 




Thursday 1st August, 2013 



Friday 2nd August, 2013 

NEWCASTLE, The Small Ballroom – NSW


Saturday 3rd August, 2013 

SYDNEY, Factory Theatre – NSW


Friday, 9th August, 2013 

ADELAIDE, Gov Hindmarsh – SA


Saturday, 10th August, 2013

MELBOURNE, Corner Hotel – VIC


Friday, 16th August 2013



Saturday 17th August 2013

BYRON BAY, Community Centre – NSW


Sunday, 18th August 2013 

YEPPOON, Village Festival


Friday, 30th August 2013

FREMANTLE, Fly By Night – WA


Check out our interview with Spender here