Shining Bird is an experimental pop band from the coastal town of Austinmer, NSW Australia.
Shining Bird's sophomore album ‘Black Opal’ was released on October 7 2016 through Spunk Records in Aus/NZ & Melodic in UK/Europe. Mixed by Russell Webster and Tim Whitten (The Go-Betweens, Hoodoo Gurus) it includes the SMAC award-winning ‘Rivermouth’, acclaimed single ‘Helluva Lot’, and a collaborative effort with didjeridoo player Charlie McMahon (Gondwanaland) to name a few. The album art was painted by Australian artist Luke Sciberras.
Since its release Black Opal has received glowing responses across the board. Including 4.5 stars from Rolling Stone & Xpress Mag, 4 stars from Brag & Beat Magazines, and a number of Best New Music listings. Rolling Stone called it "Almost Flawless" & The Music said "This is a band that deserves to happen"
The band have recently completed a national album tour which took them to remote central Australia and capital cities. After playing to significantly larger audiences this time round (including a number of sold out shows) the fellas were nominated for 'Best Live Act' at the National Live Music Awards, & won both 'Album of the Year' + 'Song of the Year' at the FBi Radio SMAC Awards 2016. Happy Music said "Shining Bird are one of the finest band’s in the country."