Some know Luke Daniel Peacock as ‘Bird’, the keys player from Brisbane indie cult heroes Halfway. His song ‘Dropout’ – produced by Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens) and Peter Jesperson (The Replacements) – was nominated for Best Rock Song in the 2015 Queensland Music Awards, with The Australian declaring the song a “ludicrously catchy instant-classic that is at once familiar and unique”.
Luke is also the driving force behind the groundbreaking and AIR award nominated project The Painted Ladies. The album – titled ‘The Painted Ladies Play Selections From The Loner’ – was produced by Rusty Hopkinson (You Am I) and saw Peacock reviving the lost songs of Vic Simms and collaborating with such artists as The Medics, Paul Kelly, Ed Kuepper (The Saints/The Laughing Clowns), Ian Haug (The Church/Powderfinger), John Willsteed (The Go-Betweens), Phil Noy & Eugene Ball (The Bamboos), Bunna Lawrie (Coloured Stone) and many more.
Since the albums release, the Painted Ladies have become the subject of several documentaries and Peacock has produced an acclaimed live show, with performances at Brisbane Festival, Womadelaide, Melbourne’s NGV and the NIMA’s in Darwin. The Music declared the show “a remarkable achievement.. with such a reconciliatory and celebratory grandeur”.
In February 2016, LDP released his self-produced debut solo album ‘We’ve Come a Long Way Darling’, again, to much acclaim. He was awarded the 2016 Billy Thorpe Scholarship award at this years Queensland Music Awards, as well as a QMA for the single ‘Fruits Of Our Labour’. The album stretches wide across the spectrum of indie-rock and displays Peacock’s knack for exploring serious topics, whilst not taking things too seriously. At once conveying hopelessness and providing hope.