Two guys meet at a bar and a band is born. It’s a story as old as beer on tap. Like all good stories, Immigrant Union’s started with a few drinks. And… maybe a few dozen more drinks. The story got a little more interesting when the duo started turning simple chords and melodies into completed songs. And then polished recordings of those songs. And empty bar rooms into epic parties. And music loving barflies into lifelong friends.
It was the summer of 2004 when Brent DeBoer of The Dandy Warhols was killing some time in Australia and had a chance meeting with Melbourne’s Bob Harrow. This initial exchange led to a spontaneous trip to the country and an all-night jam session. The friendship grew. They acquired the talented vocalist and keyboard player, Peter Lubulwa and later bass player Ben Street and drummer Paddy McGrath-Lester. The band quickly planted its roots in 60’s Laurel Canyon Country, bound by a communal love for classic rock and roll and psychedelia.