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End of Fashion are a rock band from Perth, Western Australiamarker. The band consists of Justin Burford (vocals/guitar), Rodney Aravena (guitar), Mike Hobbs (drums) and Simon Fasolo (bass).


The band was originally formed as a side project by guitarists Justin Burford and Rodney Aravena together with Malcolm Clark (drums) and Jonathon Dudman (bass). After two years, Justin and Rodney split from The Sleepy Jackson, reformed as End of Fashion and - after a series of bass players and drummers including Vanessa Thornton (from Jebediah), Mike Hobbs, Hugh Jennings, Nicholas Jonsson and Tom King the band have settled on their current line up which sees Mike Hobbs returning to the drums and Simon Fasolo previously of Perth band, Colors taking over the bass.

In 2003 they started work on their first recording, a four track EP Rough Diamonds / Anything Goes with former Midnight Oil guitarist Jim Moginie as producer. The EP was released through independent label Hello Cleveland!/EMI.

Radio station, Triple J added both singles "Anything Goes" and "Rough Diamonds" to high rotation across the board in the first week of the release of the EP and following sell out shows during their five week national tour supporting Little Birdy and Betchadupa, concluding with their own headline shows to overwhelming fan response, commercial stations began follow to suit. The raunchy "Rough Diamonds" video was also well received by Channel V, video hits and ABC TV's rage. The EP was released in March 2004 and debuted at #57 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart. The band signed to EMI/Capitol Australia for overseas licensing options in early 2004 before playing SXSW.

On the 25th August 2005, End of Fashion released their self titled, debut album, which was recorded in Oxford, Mississippimarker and produced by Dennis Herring, a veteran who has worked with Elvis Costello, Counting Crows and Modest Mouse. The album went gold in Australia and New Zealandmarker and was released in the United States in May 2006.

The band name End of Fashion, which has ambiguous origins, also stands for the band's modus operandi . "I want to break down the walls - within that context, that image, we can do anything we want no matter whether it's super cheesy or punk, I want to kill fashion, see the end of it." - Justin Burford

The band's first single "O Yeah" reached #21 on the ARIA Singles Chart, number 8 on Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2005, won two ARIA Awards and was nominated for the prestigious APRA 'Song of the Year'. The fourth single "The Game" debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at a career high #13 in 2006.

Their songs have been on the games Thrillville (which featured "She's Love" and "Lock Up your Daughters" on the in-game radio) and FIFA Street 2 (which featured "O Yeah"). "The Game" was featured as the theme song for the 2007 NRL season coverage on the Nine Network.

On 15 December 2007 End of Fashion released a new song, "Biscit" (sic) on the band's official website, Facebook and MySpace pages, having previously released the lyrics on 17 September 2007, and in May 2008, confirmed on their website that their second album, titled Book of Lies, would be released in September 2008.

Whilst End of Fashion released a further two new songs, "Kamikaze" and "Walkaway" on their MySpace page on 27 June 2008, the first single to be released from the album is "Fussy", which reached #47 on debut.

In an interview with Time Out Sydney in February, 2009 Justin Burford revealed that Simon Fosolo had replaced Tom King as the band's bassist. "He's been a really good friend of ours for years and he's been brought into the fold to take Tom's spot who we encouraged to go pursue his own project."

The second single released from the album is "Dying for You". The song was a collaboration between Burford and Julian Hamilton of The Presets.

The third single "Down or Down" was released digitally only in March 2009 and is enjoying good radio coverage. During their 2009 Australian tour in support of Evermore, Justin announced 'Force Of Habit' to be the fourth single from 'Book Of Lies'. At this point, it is unknown what formats (if any) the single will be released in.

End of Fashion are currently working on new songs for their third album, which they intend to start recording by the end of 2009.


The band has a large festival history, having performed at Homebake, Triple J's Home and Hosed and One Night Stand festivals, the Come Together Music Festival, Southbound in Busseltonmarker Western Australia, Falls Festival in Lorne, Victoria and Marion Bay, Tasmania and also Big Day Out. They've also made several live appearances on tv shows such as Rove Live, Channel V Australia and MTV Australia.

They've also played the South by Southwest festival twice and have supported Metric in the US and Snow Patrol for a show in Canada.

In 2006 they supported fellow Australian band 'The Living End' on their national 'All States Of Emergency' tour, and also performed on the Coca Cola Live & Local tour alongside Evermore, The Veronicas, After The Fall & The Hot Lies. The band then finished the year with performances at Pyramid Rock Festival on Phillip Islandmarker, Gloucester Parkmarker in Perthmarker and Beats on the Beach at Byron Baymarker.

In 2008 the band performed at Churchlands Senior High School after a student won a Perth radio competition.





  • "O Yeah" (17 July 2005) #21 Australia
  • "Lock Up Your Daughters" (13 November 2005) #45 Australia
  • "She's Love" (25 February 2006) #38 Australia
  • "The Game" (27 May 2006) #13 Australia
  • "Fussy" (30 August 2008) #19 Australia
  • "Dying for You" (December, 2008)
  • "Down or Down" (March, 2009)
  • "Force Of Habit" (TBA, 2009)

Music Videos

Year Single Album Director
2004 "Rough Diamonds" Rough Diamonds / Anything Goes
"Too Careful" Too Careful Adam Howden
2005 "O Yeah" End of Fashion Ben Quinn
"Lock Up Your Daughters"
2006 "She's Love" Michael Spiccia
"The Game" Tom Spark
2008 "Fussy" Book of Lies Natasha Pincus
"Dying for You" Steve McCallum


  • Kiss My WAMi 2006 - "Too Careful" (February 2006)
  • Triple J Hottest 100 Vol.13 - "O Yeah" (March 2006)

Awards and nominations





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