“One of this country’s most underrated songwriters, Danny McDonald makes the kind of music which, if listened to on a Monday, will put a smile on your face for the rest of the week. Beautiful, sunshiny guitar pop” – Danielle O’Donohue, Herald Sun
Danny McDonald has been quietly developing a reputation as one of Australia’s most underrated songwriters for more than two decades.
He has released, played on, helped write, recorded or appeared on over 75 CD, vinyl and digital records both as a solo artist and as a member of a growing list of well-known Melbourne bands including P76 (where he worked with Australian pop luminaries such as Dom Mariani of The Stems and Andy Strachan of The Living End) and seminal Australian pop-punk rockers Little Murders (alongside members of Paul Kelly & The Messengers, Weddings Parties Anything, The Hitmen and Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes).
Since the mid 1990’s, he has toured Australia relentlessly—including as a member of Triple J favourites Oscarlima during the late 1990s—and has worked with a long list of Australian artists in the studio and stage including Andy Strachan of The Living End, Jericho, The Stoneage Hearts, Prettymess, Superscope, Joe Algeri, The Golden Rail and The Jangle Band.
He has appeared on some of Australia’s best-known TV shows including Hey Hey it’s Saturday and Rove; written for many mainstream TV programs and film soundtracks including Big Brother, Bondi Rescue, The Saddle Club, McLeod’s Daughters and Heartbreak High; played at major festivals including Brisbane’s Livid and appeared on bills with everyone from The Hoodoo Gurus and The Stems through to Powderfinger, Spiderbait, Something for Kate and Jimmy Little to international artists including Suede, Garbage, The Offspring, Fountains of Wayne, Mercury Rev, Lit and The Troggs.
Danny’s records—widely respected for their distinctly Australian surf and suburban storytelling approach—have been commercially released in Australia, USA, Brazil, Japan, France, Spain and Sweden and his songs have received extensive airplay from national youth network Triple J to inner-city community stations like 3RRR, PBS, Three-D, RTR and Triple Z through to commercial networks like Nova and Triple M.
His latest single with band P76, ‘Postcard from Bondi’, released by Popboomerang Records in November 2017 is another slice of finely crafted Australian summer-drenched power pop complete with his trademark jangling guitar and distinctive vocal style.
He is currently touring to promote the single while working on new recordings with Nick Batterham (The Earthmen) and plans are being made for a double CD best-of compilation spanning Danny’s back catalogue in 2018.