The Taste

HipHop /Funk/Rock Band

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This truly dynamic, fun and fresh musical ensemble have been thrilling audiences with a buffet of influences ranging from funk, rock, soul and hip-hop for the past 3 years, rapidly building a loyal following down the East Coast and all across North Queensland.

With their latest single ‘Sunday Funk’ from their recently released new album ‘Convalesce’, this hard working group has gone from stride to stride with an East Coast tour including performances at Brisbane Festival, Nimbin Roots Festival and Wallaby Creek Festival.

“The seven-track album can best be described as pineapple and rum thrown in a blender: it’s a fusion of smooth tropical vibes and raw, Aussie hip hop; a sound the group has been honing lately, following the release of the album’s first single The Hands Of in January” Nathan Toll from Huxley Press

“This is a band that's all about big love and bigger vibes, and their newest song carries all the hallmarks of an ensemble well and truly coming into their own as accomplished young musicians worthy of your attention.” Mitch Knox from

“Off the chain! They sounded epic!” The Lyrical

Having recently supported Tiki Taane, Saskwatch and Regurgitator, the band have been regulars on the festival circuit over the last few years playing alongside the likes of Ash Grunwald, Bullhorn, Kalidad, Siskin River, Zennith, Jeff Lang, Tijuana Cartel, Leanne Tennant, King Social and many more.

Combing groovy rhythms with soulful hooks, the Tropical Hip Hop pioneers from Far North Queensland put on a high energy performance that'll have you craving your next taste in no time!


Matt Mullins - Lead Vocals, Guitars & Bongos
Vainz - Rap Vocals
Vanessa Glennon - Backing Vocals
Moses Warusam - Lead Guitar
Mitch Sullivan - Bass & Acoustic Guitar
Liam White - Saxaphone
Derek Friesen - Trumpet
Eamonn Sheehan - Drums

NEW ALBUM 'CONVALESCE' Available on Bandcamp

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"I was in love by the second song" Herb Armstrong (grandson of the legendary Louis Armstrong) Gig at Green Ant Cantina 27th July. 2013

Members of The Taste also perform in a side project called MVMT performing acoustic covers at a variety of venues across Cairns and Port Douglas. For booking enquires contact

Upcoming events for this artist 'The Taste'
Sat, 31st Mar 2018
Machine Machine with The Taste and Zephyrbees
The Taste (HipHop / Funk / Rock Band)
7:00PM The Jack
Sat, 7th Apr 2018
The Taste at The Lagoon
The Taste (HipHop / Funk / Rock Band)
2:00PM Esplanade Lagoon
Sun, 15th Apr 2018
Festival 2018 - supporting The Cat Empire
The Taste (HipHop / Funk / Rock Band)
6:00PM Esplanade Lagoon
Sat, 12th May 2018
The Taste at The Lagoon
The Taste (HipHop / Funk / Rock Band)
2:00PM Esplanade Lagoon
Sat, 2nd Jun 2018
The Taste at The Lagoon
The Taste (HipHop / Funk / Rock Band)
2:00PM Esplanade Lagoon
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Set list

Sunday Funk
Take Over
The Hands Of
The Calling
Take Flight
Rain Or Sunshine
Kiss The Sky
Lucid Dreams
Greedy Soul
Thinking About It
Bring It To The Track
Lucky Thirteen
Fortress Of Thoughts
Move On

COVERS that we add Rap verses too:

The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc
Pete Murray - Feeler
John Butler Trio - Betterman
Oasis - Wonderwall

Tropical Hip Hop. Acoustic Funk Rock with elements of Soul and Hip Hop.
Gig Highlights
Convalesce Album Tour performing at Sol Bar (Maroochydore), 4ZZZ Car Park (Fortitude Valley), Brisbane Festival, Bryon Bay Brewery, Nimbin Roots Festival, The Shared (Yandina), Wallaby Creek Festival, The Old Courthouse presented by TMPAS (Townsville), Magnums (Airlie Beach), Reef Feast (Palm Cove), Rock The Yacht (Port Douglas) and The Tanks Arts Centre (Cairns).

Released 2nd LP 'Convalesce' - Sep 2017

Supported 'The Lyrical' at The Jack in Cairns June 2017.

Regurgitator. Nth Qld Tour support shows in Cairns and Townsville. Apr 2017

Released 'The Hands Of' single/lyric clip Feb 2017

Cairns Regional Council NYE Celebrations supporting Saskwatch. 31st Dec 2016

Front page editorial Cairns Post. 30th Dec 2016.

Tiki Taane support at The Jack (Cairns) Nov 2016

No Worries Reggae Party w' Crossroads (Townsville) Apr 2016

Music & Colour Festival (Kuranda) Oct 2015

Jam In The Jah (Innisfail) Oct 2015

Wallaby Creek Festival (Rossville) Sep 2015

Palm Creek Folk Festival (Townsville) June 2015

Bosko & Honey's Uke BBQ (Kuranda) June 2015

Vainz MC supported Illy, 360, Thundementals & Seth Sentry

EcoFiesta (Cairns) May 2015

Performned at Cairns Post Hit Awards at Reef Hotel Casino

Reflections East Coast Tour. Jan 2015. Shows in Byron Bay, Brisbane, Townsville, Mission Beach, Atherton Tablelands & Port Douglas.

No.1 on 'Top of The Trops' for the song 'Rain Or Sunshine' Sep 2014 - Feb 2015

Headlined inaugural 'Day On Da Green at Irvinebank Tavern' Music Festival. Aug 2014

Weekly residency at Gilligans Backpacker Hotel and Resort. Cairns' Biggest and Best Nightspot. (2012)

Performned at Mission Evolve Music Festival 2012 , Mission Beach with James Braithwaite.

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