Dan Warner’s songwriting writing skills are the result of several years spent at the musical coalface. His ‘90s band, The Warner Brothers (that later became Overnight Jones), was considered a seminal band in the local alt-country scene. His duo Dan & Al also played several lengthy residencies in Melbourne throughout the ‘90s, including eight years at The Punters Club in Fitzroy.
Between 2000 and 2002, after a period playing in Paul Hester’s post-Crowded House outfit, The Largest Living Things, Dan lived in New York, where he teamed up with US guitarist, Kevin Garant.
Upon his return to Australia, Dan recorded his debut solo album, A Likeness Of You, released here in ’05. Relix magazine in NY described A Likeness Of You as ‘a lucidly soulful study’. In a four-star review of Night Parrots, his second solo album, Michael Dwyer from The Age remarked of Dan Warner’s songwriting, ‘his craft is subtle, his empathy devastating’.
In the mid 2000s, Dan toured as singer/instrumentalist in The Larrikins, an outfit that performed Jen Anderson’s soundtrack for the Australian silent film, The Sentimental Bloke. In 2005 the film played in Venice and London. In 2006 the film toured to the US (including the Telluride Film Festival), Canada and Japan.
In 2014, Dan released his third solo album, Fall into the Sky, produced by Melbourne production team, Marcel Borrack and Tim Harvey. Following the release of Fall into the Sky, Dan put together a new backing band – The Night Parrots – consisting of Marcel Borrack on guitar; Nathan Farrelly (Minibikes, Terry McCarthy Special) on bass; and Ash Davies (Matt Walker; Mighty Servant; Lisa Miller; Rob Snarski) on drums. Dan and the Night Parrots are currently working on a new album, set for release in late 2020.
When at home, Dan presents Warner Corner each Sunday afternoon on Melbourne’s much-loved community radio station, 3RRR FM.
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