benny & the clones
Rocking crowds in Far North Queensland for nigh on twenty years, Benny and the Clones deliver powerful and passionate original music
to anyone who will listen.
With three albums under their belt and a fourth soon to be released in 2019, a music video in the can and an ever-expanding Clone Army, core trio Ben Radford (Guitar, Keys, Lead Vox) Dale Priem (Lead Guitar, Vox) and Ben Kuring (Drums, Vox) even managed to produce a short film for Port Douglas festival Port Shorts documenting their rise to fame through the art of
jingle writing. Paul Shannon from Melbourne joins the band on bass for
special gigs and recording.
After launching their third album in Port Douglas and Cairns, the boys have been taking the opportunity to showcase their diverse song catalogue at North Queensland festivals including the Tablelands Folk Fest, Palm Cove Reef Feast, Rock the Yacht, Taste Port Douglas and Port Douglas Carnivale. They are on the threshold of releasing their fourth studio album sometime in 2019, so stay tuned for that one. Needing some city time every year (and to see their mums), The Clones rock out live down south in Melbourne at iconic venues such as The Retreat, The Empress, and Young & Jackson to name a few. Their die-hard love of playing and supporting original music see the boys regularly perform locally in Port Douglas and Cairns. They've had support slots for touring acts including Eskimo Joe, The Sunnyboys, Custard, Kingswood, and even big Dazza Braithwaite.
Lead singer/songwriter Ben Radford is a prolific songwriter and has described the band as a love child of Thom Yorke, Jeff Tweedy, Gene and Dean Ween, Beck, The Go-Betweens and Dan Kelly. That's a lot of parents to have, but a particular style has emerged they can easily call their own. Their lyrics don't fluff around either - often going straight for the jugular on issues like politics, religion, environment, the inner workings of the human being and, much to his wife’s delight: the joys of relationships and marriage!