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Photo by Reef Gaha

Decreed LA’s Hard Rock Artist of the Year in 2006 and staying true to this prestigious title, Nitidus stand apart from their peers by embracing their stadium rock influences to deliver a world class sound backed by an infectiously energetic live show that has audiences enthralled.

Nitidus began wowing audiences as a cover band in Christchurch New Zealand, founded by lead singer Patrick Clemenger, bassist Jeremy Harker and drummer Andy Simmons. Having discovered a love of songwriting, the original trio recorded their debut From The Inside in 2001, which was the catalyst for Clemenger and Simmons to relocate to Australia’s booming independent music scene. Nitidus added new bass player Marki Miklic and took the Melbourne music scene by storm, though their success was marred by a tragedy no-one could ever have predicted: drummer Andy Simmons was killed in a diving accident just after recording their next EP. The EP was eventually released in 2003 under the name A.S. It Is, in honour of their lost brother.

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Devastated but determined to honour Andy’s memory, a new four-member line up was assembled, including Ash Fyfe on lead guitar and Kristian “Doctor K” Grondman taking up the drumsticks for Simmons. Two years and a number of sold out shows later, Nitidus followed up with their popular Still Here release, another collaboration with renowned producer Adrian Hannan (Taxi Ride, Delta Goodrem, Lee Harding). The powerful opening track “Red Morning” earned Nitidus a win at the LA Music Awards for Hard Rock Artist of the Year, which opened the door to a national US tour and the ARIA Music Awards. Nitidus released The Taste in 2008 with new guitarist Adam Kurzel, showcasing a more bluesy, alternative slant that added another dimension to the band’s hard rock sound.

Family life took hold, putting the band on a brief hiatus, but Nitidus is back, stronger, better and harder than ever, re-releasing Still Here in celebration of its tenth anniversary.

A first class slab of heavy rock – The Metal Forge

A well honed set of stadium sized rock – Beat Magazine

…Top marks to Nitidus for all parts of the show. – Neil Wedd, Indie Initiative

LA Music Award winner for Hard Rock Artist Of The Year

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