Armed with warm and inviting tones, Trevor Petrie is a Kyneton-born singer-songwriter who moved to Bendigo in his early 20’s and has been a mainstay of the local original music scene ever since, both as a solo acoustic performer and as the front-man for bands Paranoia, Anti Social Commentary and now The War of Ideas.
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.
Petrie suffered many years of anxiety and depression, relying on anti-depressants and frequent “self-medication” before finally seeking help in 2014. Petrie describes the help he received as “a fundamental re-wiring of his brain” and in 2015 released the single “Lion in the Closet” where he explores his journey, from admitting there was a problem to finally breaking the negative cycle.
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.
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, successfully blurring the lines between singer-songwriter, alternative, indie-folk, rock and pop altogether evading any categorisation.