In mid 2002, some lads hailing from Sydney’s northern beaches began recording tracks at bigjesusburger studios in Surry Hills (studio of choice for the likes of Augie March, Darren Hanlon, Paul Greene and Portishead).
The tracks recorded in late 2002, produced by Chris Townend, would eventually be released as Peregrine’s debut album, ‘one big happy heart attack’. The album consists of eleven songs that singer/songwriter Brett Winterford and his band have been performing in and around Sydney over several years, in which time Peregrine has amassed some 300 gigs.
one big happy heart attack received immediate critical acclaim as an independent release, with a sell-out launch at The Gaelic Club, rotation on radio stations including Triple J, FBi and Bay FM, and a distribution and publishing deal with Shock Records.
The past few months has seen the band break from its two year residency at The Excelsior in Glebe to take the album on the road with several trips up and down Australia’s eastern seaboard. The latest tour saw Peregrine perform in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Newcastle, Wollongong, Geelong, Wagga, Byron Bay and small regional areas such as Murwillumbah, Nowra and Tathra.
“Heart Attack hums with life, both sprightly and seductive.” – Mike Gee, The Brag
“Brett Winterford sings with a wistfulness that makes him eminently likeable.” – Katrina Lobley, Sydney Morning Herald (*** ˝)
“Narrative wit and poetic soul-searching in abundance. Quietly charming.” – Iain Sheddon, The Weekend Australian (****)