A chance meeting in South Gippsland, Victoria, brought about by a drought of live performances during the COVID-19 period of 2020, saw the birth of No PROMISES.
Janine Garvey and Eric Collier – both established musicians in their local area –discovered a strong artistic connection during a number of writing and rehearsal sessions in the middle of the year. The result was the decision to create their own collaborative project, culminating in the formation of No PROMISES.
Are they country? Are they pop? Are they rock? Are they blues?
The answer is clearly option E – all of the above. Most artists and groups relish the opportunity to be defined by a genre in which they feel comfortable. Eric and Janine refuse to do that – they write, create and record music that transcends a single, easy-to-label and definable genre box.
Take their debut album – Acoustic Sessions Vol 1 – as a prime example. Released in December 2020, the album has spawned two very different singles. Compare these two tracks – Liar that would sit comfortably on a Melissa Etheridge album and their first single off the album, the emotional ballad Break The Fall – with notes of Stevie Nicks and the clear influence of Fleetwood Mac. Then line up their very first release – the country heartbreaker Love Me or Leave Me – that you could just as easily find on a Kasey Chambers album, or second release the very rocking Private Wasteland that could belong on a Powderfinger album. This is genre-busting music at its best.
Janine is a prolific songwriter having already written over 150 songs in just 10 months, crossing those genre boundaries, and combined with Eric’s songs and musical arrangements, the catalogue of studio-ready material ensures that the second No PROMISES album – due to be released in the first half of 2021 – will deliver another stunning collection of great tracks.
Most bands and artists strive to create music that will be well received by a particular demographic. The demographic that will enjoy Janine and Eric’s work can only be defined as “most music lovers”.