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The Promise

DESCRIPTION: The Promise were a 80's synth pop/rock band from Brisbane, best known for their track 'Heart to Sell'.


ACTIVITY PERIOD: 1983 - Late 1980's

MUSIC GENRE: Pop Rock, Synth Pop, Rock


RECORD COMPANIES / LABELS (Current & Past): Parole, Festival



The Promise was formed in Brisbane, Australia in 1983 by Kerry Dunne (bass), David Barraclough (guitar) and Greg Herbert (lead vocals and guitar). Mark Ovenden (keyboards) and Martin Begent (drums) were invited to complete the line up.

Queensland entrepreneurs Alan and Cath Barker managed the band almost from the beginning and were instrumental in propelling the band to the national stage.

The band’s first single was “Heart to Sell” (Festival Records - 1984) which was a dark, dance-focussed piece and was well received making Brisbane’s Top 30. The follow-up single “Walking with a Weight” (1985) improved on that score and reached Top 30 in Brisbane and Adelaide and number 67 nationally.

'Will you come back again?' (1985) produced by Eddie Rayner and 'Lessons in Love' (1987) followed these releases as the band built it's considerable live following. This included both supporting the premier Australian bands of the time including INXS, The Models, Kids in the Kitchen, Australian Crawl, The Divinyls (Festival Hall, Brisbane), The Angels, The Radiators and iconic New Zealand bands Split Enz and D.D. Smash as well as headlining their own shows.

The Promise headlined in many venues in Sydney including Sweethearts, The Manzil Room and the Picadilly as well as East Leagues club in Brisbane. A high point was selling out 3 consecutive nights at Le Rox, Adelaide in 1985 on the back of the success of 'Walking with a Weight' in that city.

The band released their album “One in Every Colour” in 1987 and toured nationally to support its release including supporting Jethro Tull and Chris de Burgh at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

The Promise also made numerous television appearances including having the videos of 'Heart to Sell' and 'Walking with a Weight' screened on the iconic Australian pop/rock program - Countdown.

The band also appeared on “Hey Hey its Saturday” in both Brisbane and Melbourne performing 'Heart to Sell' and 'Next Time' in Brisbane and 'Walking with a Weight' in Melbourne.

The Promise also appeared on Australia's longest running and most successful show - “A Country Practice” along with then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke.

While The Promise didn't realise their full potential, they have left an enduring legacy of great music and memorable live performances that still resonate for many of their fans today.

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