Mischief

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After playing bass in a string of local bands, oldest member Wayne first came to notice in popular local band The Sweethearts in 1979. After the tragic death of keyboard/sax player Peter Reed, Wayne moved to Melbourne to start again.
Dale joined Wayne to play together in Melbourne band Sinister Rose, a popular four-piece rock band from 1981 to 1984. The band decided to form officially after winning two Melbourne Battle of the Band competitions and went on to hold the house attendance records for three venues (a record that stood for over 20 years).
Wayne moved back to Wollongong in 1985 and Dale joined him later that year with a view to re-forming a new look Sinister Rose.


Rob, who was at the time playing in local bands Titan and Blade, jammed with them from time to time, but after trying out many drummers and singers the project faded.
Dale and Wayne found Morri, 17 at the time, and were blown away by this dynamo drummer. They played one gig together as Sinister Rose after which Rob officially joined the group as lead guitarist.
Scott joined the band in 1988 and at this point only one name seemed to fit – MISCHIEF.


The philosophy of MISCHIEF was to include the audience and play good-time solid pub rock in a fun environment with plenty of laughs along the way. Playing hundreds of gigs, both headlining and supporting acts like The Screaming Jets, Angry Anderson, Ted Mulry Gang, Kevin Borich Express and many others, the original five band members played together from 1988 to 1991.
Their self titled EP was recorded at EMI Studios 301 in 1989 with legendary producer John Bee who produced and engineered albums for iconic bands such as The Divinyls, Hoodoo Gurus, The Church, Icehouse, 1927 and more.


The EP led to increased Sydney work and a notable attendee was the distinguished Mr Michael Chugg, who arranged a gig at The Venue at Dee Why (with Angry Anderson and The Screaming Jets) for the sole purpose of checking out Mischief Live
In its heyday, MISCHIEF, attracted a mixed crowd, male and female, and the band tried very hard not to alienate anybody – all members of the audience were invited to share in the fun. Cheeky fun was the order of the day.
So why 2015? All band members agree that 1990 was the pinnacle year of the band’s long run. Prestigious gigs, a large loyal following and the MISCHIEF EP. 25 Years later, a show was put together and held at Dapto Leagues Club Main Auditorium with all proceeds going to The Kidzwish Foundation.


In August 2015, MISCHIEF went back into the studio for the first time in 25 years to record 3 new original songs especially written for the Reunion Show. They also had a great friend in Pat Maloney, well known and respected in the music industry, record the 3 new original tracks especially written for the Reunion Show, that highlighted the bands ability to create and play such great rock music. Equally, the new songs packed such punch that we incorporated them with the songs recorded way back in 1990 to create a new Album called “Now & Then”.


On September 19 2015, MISCHIEF took to the stage at Dapto Leagues Club main auditorium with such vigor, commitment and a whole heap of cheeky fun all in aid to benefit The Kidzwish Foundation.
The show was such a success musically and also for The Kidzwish Foundation with proceeds exceeding all expectations, a total sum of $5005.00.


Since the show, the band have had numerous requests to play again and look forward to doing so very soon. We won’t disappoint.

  • Australian Blues Brothers Show
  • Brad Blaze
  • Brad Croft
  • Bustagroove
  • Daryl Braithwaite
  • Jimmy Barnes
  • Katie Noonan
  • Kisstroyer
  • Lady Luck
  • NICA
  • Nyssa Large
  • Red Alert
  • Wilbur Wilde

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