“Hengeveld casts some uncanny voodoo spell over the ears - not to mention the heart and the head as well.” (Triple J Unearthed Crew)
Tobias Hengeveld sings rare and valuable stories - swaying between local landscapes and otherworldly themes. Like a melodic Cormack McCarthy, he plants honest narratives in the Australian psyche.
His steady-burning sophomore release The Daylight Express is an acclaimed masterpiece of rousing rock tunes, poignant riff-based reflections, and sweet-yet-menacing ballads.
The album is the outcome of an artist residency in the old freight room of the Brunswick Railway Station. Through a Melbourne winter, Tobias wrangled words and ideas with amps up loud, or otherwise just huddled over a crappy heater with a parlour guitar. From inside the old echoey building he could hear the constant coming and going of trains and commuters, and surely sometimes they too could hear him…
Recorded with producer Robbie Rowlands, Tobias was joined by local music luminaries Ash Davies on drums, Andy Papadopoulos (Ron S Peno & the Superstitions) on bass and Steve Hesketh (the Drones) on keys, among a host of other special guests.
Tobias Hengeveld's powerful full-band shows have gathered attention and praise across the country.
“It’s sometimes hard to distinguish between the true composers, and those that have formed a band purely to attain some commercial success. You’ve got to spend some time listening to work out which is which. Spend some time with Tobias Hengeveld.” (Linda Findlay 4ZZZ FM, Brisbane)