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Flyball Gov’nor

Years Active 2012-present

Genre Rock, Jazz, Punk/Hardcore

Members Vox: Mel Anastas Bass: Alex Papps Lead Guitar:Spanish Rhythm Guitar:Lucas Leorato

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Local Bookings: Mel Anastas // Touring: Brad Lindsay


Its inception in (late 90’s) Perth came about with the addition of Melanie Anastas, fresh from QLD, completing the lineup of a then pop-rock band, Fur Kit. Here meeting Alex Papps on bass, the two began gravitating towards composition which reflected the heavier genres to which both players were more inclined. Rather than the ensuing romance between them breaking up the band, it creted an environment which pushed for a riskier, edgier approach, seeing Fur Kit deliver some wildly heavy experimental music in the early 2000’s. Mel and Alex continued to double-dog-dare each other musically ever since, and they are not certainly peaking with Flyball Gov’nor. Lineup Cameron Walker, replacing the start-up drummer for Flyball Gov’nor in 2016, has a background spanning the metal and experimental/progressive genres, playing in Melbourne for some 6 years. Cam cultivated skills and instincts in the extreme ends of dynamic playing, his responses to the flow within composition always musical, and often subtly foreshadowing changes. Chris “Spanish” Gardner filled in for, and then replaced, the start-up lead guitarist in 2017, engaging passionately with the existing work and opening up the writing arena even further to harder, heavier styles. Spanish has ten million ideas but also works with extreme prejudice, quickly arriving at a champion hook, or rumbling out the proggy/doomy ends-of-the-earth undertow. His addition has been the catalyst for further risk-taking in the writing process – the contrasts between styles making an even stronger statement, the breadth of musicality now exploring greater territories. With all of this dynamic, explosive push and pull, the need for a tight as hell rhythm guitarist saw the arrival of Lucas “Hitch” Leorato. His innately correct sense of (probably punkrock) placement creates a secure listening parameter from which the compositional whole can be neatly observed. Plus he is from Brazil, cooks great food and is quietly hilarious.


New Talk fka Rag'N'Bone, Superego fka Pow Negro, Yomi Ship, Flossy, HUSSY, Methamphetiqueens, Triangle Fight, Brown Study Band, Odette Mercy and Her Soul Atomics, Fat Sparrow, Yalla Yalla, Skullcave, Fuzz Toads, Moana, Koi Child, The Limbs, Last Lions, Trolley Boy, The Shakeys

Shared Bills With

Moana, Fuzz Toads, The Limbs, Yomi Ship,Triangle Fight, Odette Mercy and Her Soul Atomics, Yalla Yalla, Fuzz Toads, Last Lions, Trolley Boy, Boom!Bap!Pow!, The Caballeros, The Shakeys, Legs Electric. Izatang, Mirrors at the Arcade, JFK, Laurie Luke

Career Highlights

Playing a sold out show with Odette Mercy, playing the Karnidale Circus Festival, touring to Melbourne, Bands for Bands Fest

Current Activity

Writing and recording a new EP for release mid 2019. Applying for touring grants lol

Shared Members With

Spanish is in True Neutral and Lakers Trip

Releases by Flyball Gov’nor

Purpose Built EP


Monopoly Single