Playing his first gig in Bendigo at the Golden Vine Hotel in 1996, Trevor Petrie has been a mainstay of the local original music scene for over 20 years.
During his 20+ year career, Trevor has been the front-man for several local bands including Paranoia, Anti Social Commentary and The War of Ideas and has to date released 5 EP’s and an 8 track album.
Being no stranger to stage, Petrie has also performed countless solo acoustic sets throughout Victoria and released his debut solo EP “Lion in the Closet” in 2015.
Growing up in Kyneton and moving to Bendigo in his early twenties, Trevor was influenced by many bands and songwriters including Violent Femmes, You Am I, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Live, Smashing Pumpkins, Paul Dempsey and Something for Kate and more recently artists like Damien Rice and Glen Hansard, and bands such as Local Natives and Head and the Heart.
Trevor writes highly emotive works, his lyrics cut like a knife and his performances are guaranteed to make you feel the raw emotion behind the songs.
Anti Social Commentary
Trevor formed Anti Social Commentary with good friends Brian Hosking and Benjamin West. Many late nights at Bendigo’s Golden Vine Hotel eventually led to the 2004 recording “Pray for Friday”, with the title track appearing on that years BRIT CD. In 2006, Andrew Barnes joined the fray and took on the task of recording Anti Social Commentary’s second release “Everything you want to achieve”. Somewhere around 2007/2008, a full length album was tracked but due to issues with the studio PC and irrecoverable problems with the snare tracks, the album never saw the light of day. [Edit | We found it!!! See Fragments of the Lost Album]
Almost seven years after their previous release and with new bass player Steve Myers, Anti Social Commentary released their third and final EP “It All Starts Again”. Sadly due to family commitments and members moving about the band folded shortly after.
The War of Ideas
Building upon the new direction Petrie took with his 2015 release “Lion in the Closet”, Trevor has all but come full circle in the past 2 years with former band mates Brian Hosking and Steve Myers joining the five member strong band, with accompanying keys and backing vocals provided by wife, Frida Petrie and soulful guitar driven tones and textures delivered by Ben Blanks. Petrie’s lyrics may set the mood but the band brings it all together.
The War of Ideas are currently taking a break and if the planets align, they may return.
Inner City Traders
Petrie’s latest project, Inner City Traders is four lads just hangin out and writing new, old-school grunge tunes.