Music

Most of Danny’s solo, P76 and Jericho releases are now available from all major digital platforms including iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

You can also stream and download Danny’s past releases by visiting his digital archive, with recordings dating back as far as 1995.

DISCOGRAPHY

Danny McDonald

  • Modern architecture (EP) – Popboomerang, Aus 2020
  • Cordyline (single) – Popboomerang, Aus 2019
  • Northern gaze (single) – Independent, 2018
  • Postcard from Bondi (single) – Popboomerang, Aus 2017
  • The Melbourne divide (single) – Popboomerang, Aus 2015
  • Suburban interiors (EP) – Independent, Aus 2014
  • In Melbourne tonight (single) – Independent, Aus 2010
  • Last man’s tucker (album) – Independent, Aus 2007
  • Fibrotones (album) – Off The Hip, Aus 2005
  • Summer city (album) – Zip USA/Aust, Wizzard in Vinyl, Japan 2003
  • Into the sun (album) – Tronador, Brazil 2003
  • Too much fun/Wouldn’t you like to see me now (single) – Zip, USA/Aus 2003
  • On the beach at first light (EP) – Pop the balloon, France 2002
  • Rock and roll records (single) – Pop the balloon, France 2002

 

Danny McDonald compilation appearances

  • Shake yer Popboomerang vol. 3 Melbourne launch sampler – Popboomerang, Aus 2020
  • Shake yer Popboomerang vol. 3 – Popboomerang, Aus 2019
  • PB100 – Popboomerang, Aust 2015
  • The Melbourne divide sampler – Popboomerang, Aus 2015
  • Summer romance – Electric sun, Aus 2015
  • Autumn shade – Electric sun, Aus 2015
  • Origin energy ‘Torch songs’ – Origin Energy, Aus 2006
  • Happy man (Sunnyboys tribute album) – Off The Hip, Aus 2005
  • Wash winter’s willies away with whiskey V5 – Waste Recordings, Aus 2005
  • Antipodean screams 1 – Off The Hip, Aus 2003
  • Tronador Music Sampler 1 – Tronodar Music, Brazil 2003
  • Planet of the Popboomerang – Popboomerang, Aus 2003
  • Shake yer Popboomerang – Popboomerang, Aus 2003
  • Hardcore Australian surf bands #1 – Tronador Music, Brazil 2003
  • Off The Hip Sampler – Off The Hip, Aus 2003
  • Moloko Plus Sampler #25 – Moloko Plus, Germany 2003
  • Wizzard in Vinyl 5th Anniversary – Wizzard in Vinyl, Japan 2002
  • Lost weekend 2003 – Laughing Outlaw, Aus/Zip USA 2003
  • Tronador Australian Surf Vol. 1 – Tronodar Music, Brazil 2002

 

P76

  • Into the sun (album) – Zip, USA/Aus 2001
  • Sleeping in (EP) – Zip, USA/Aus, 2001
  • Sunliner (EP) – Zip, USA/Aus 2001
  • Life in general (EP) – Independent, Aus 1999

 

P76 compilation appearances

  • Maui & Sons Ea Mai Ka Makakai He’e Nalu – Maui & Sons, Aus 2004
  • The great Stems hoax (Stems tribute) – Off The Hip, Aus 2002
  • Zipped up (and down under) – Zip, USA/Aus 2001
  • Zipsound one – Zip, USA/Aus 2001
  • Lost Weekend 2001 – Tomboy Records, Aus 2001
  • Moloko Plus Sampler #22 – Moloko Plus, Germany 2001
  • Off The Hip Sampler – Off The Hip, Aus 2001
  • Four seasons … one day – Bucketful of Brians, UK 2001
  • Pop under the surface 4 – Yesterday girl, Sweden/Zip USA 2001

 

Jericho

  • Retrospective 1995-1998 (album) – Popboomerang, Aus 2002
  • Can’t find reverse (EP) – MDS, Aus 1997
  • Radio city (EP) – MDS, Aus 1997
  • Live at Triple J (Cassette EP) – Independent, Aus 1997
  • Instamatic (EP) – MDS, Aus 1996
  • Jericho (EP) – Independent, Aus 1996

 

Jericho compilation appearances

  • ‘Stuck on the 90’s’ – Sound As Ever, Aus 2021
  • ‘The Melbourne divide’ – Popboomerang, Aus 2016
  • ‘The kids who kill for sugar’ – Popboomerang, Aus 2006
  • ‘Pop goes the world’ – RPM USA 1996

 

Stoneage Hearts

  • Stephanie (single) – Pop the Balloon, France 2002
  • Suzie (single) – Butterfly, Spain 2002
  • Turn on (album) – Off The Hip, Aus 2001

 

Stoneage Hearts compilation appearances

  • Antipodean screams 1 – Off The Hip, Aus 2003
  • Shake Yer Popboomerang # 1 – Popboomerang, Aus 2003
  • The Great Stems Hoax (Stems tribute album) – Off The Hip, Aus 2002

 

Little Murders

  • Memory sky (single) – Off the Hip, Aus 2019
  • Dromanarama (album) – Off the Hip, Aus 2019
  • Hi Fab (album) – Off the Hip, Aus 2017

 

Little Murders compilation appearances

  • Shake yer Popboomerang vol. 3 Melbourne launch sampler – Popboomerang, Aus 2020
  • Shake yer Popboomerang vol. 3 – Popboomerang, Aus 2019

The Pants Collective

  • The Pants Collective EP – Create Control, Aus 2014

 

Danny McDonald & Joe Algeri

  • Shake Yer Popboomerang # 1 – Popboomerang, Aus 2003

 

Guest appearances

  • Superscope – Backing vocals (‘Torpedo’ album) – Zip, USA/Aus 2002
  • Prettymess – Backing vocals & guitar (‘Greyscale broadcast’ album) – Shock, Aus 2005
  • Prettymess – Backing vocals (‘All I care about’ single) – Shock, Aus 2004
  • Prettymess – Backing vocals & guitar (‘Surface glow’ EP) – Shock, Aus 2005
  • Joe Algeri – ‘The Stockholm years’ album, Rhythm Barrel Finland/Parasol, USA 2003
  • Prettymess – Backing vocals & guitar (Shake yer Popboomerang 2) – Popboomerang, Aus 2004
  • Magneto – Backing vocals & guitar (‘Resistance is futile’ album) – Popboomerang, Aus 2006

 

Songwriting credits

  • Joe Algeri – ‘Sugar rush’ single, Rhythm Barrel Finland 2003
  • Joe Algeri – ‘The Stockholm years’ album, Rhythm Barrel Finland/Parasol USA 2003
  • Prettymess – ‘Greyscale broadcast’ album – Shock, 2005
  • Prettymess – ‘Surface glow’ EP – Shock, Aus 2005
  • Magneto – ‘Resistance is futile’ album – Popboomerang, Aus 2006
  • The Pants Collective – ‘The Pants Collective’ EP, Create Control, 2014
  • The Saddle Club – ‘On top of the world’ album, ABC/Shock 2003

 

Film & television credits

  • Heartland (Canada) – several episodes
  • Saddle Club (Aus) *Gold record
  • McLeod’s Daughters (Aus)
  • Heartbreak High (Aus)
  • Bondi Rescue (Aus)
  • Big Brother (Aus)
  • MTV (USA)
  • Various documentaries, advertisements and independent films

REVIEWS

“One of the best in the game, with a catalogue to rival Paul Kelly and Tim Rogers.”Nathan Jolly, The Music Network (Australia)

“Danny McDonald is one of the finest purveyors of sunny Australian power pop, replete with jangling Rickenbackers, references to beaches and suburban pursuits, and the chronicling of an endless summer while basking in small, special details – it’s psycho-geography in song.”Nathan Jolly, The Guardian Australia

“Melbourne’s Danny McDonald is a veteran of the Aussie indie music scene, playing on over 70 different projects since the early oughts. But one listen to his latest EP Modern Architecture and you’re going to be wondering where has he been? How has a guy this talented kept such a low international profile?”Dennis Pilon, Porock Record (Canada)

“As the former Oscarlima and Jericho frontman, P76 leader and onetime member of Little Murders, Danny McDonald should need no introduction. But if you’re curious about on of the most underrated purveyors of Aussie guitar pop and want a jumping-in point, his new EP is as good a place as any … Hell, if singing about the mortgage belt can make Brooooce a multi, where’s Danny’s cut? He writes much better songs, for a start.”The Barman, I-94Bar.com

“Traralgon, in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, has given the world two great pop stars – Jack Jones and Danny McDonald. Jack is a household name; Danny deserves wider recognition. He’s a no-fuss but fabulous pop artist who gets in, gets out and always gets the job done.”Jeff Jenkins, The Music

“Danny McDonald is skilled in several genres. “Cordyline” bursts from the speakers with authority, very much in the mold of Paul Westerberg and it hooks you right away.”Powerpopaholic.com

“Not sure if this is a precursor of things to come (full length?) but let’s hope Mr. McDonald’s inspiration is still in full force ‘cos I wanna hear more (as I’m sure you do as well). The best 9 minutes you’ll spend today.”Daggerzine, USA

“When it comes from the Popboomerang stable, you kind of know what to expect. And the gorgeous popnificence of opener Cordyline is perfect evidence, as it just washes over you in an instant … A must for all you pop freaks out there.”Mark Fraser, Redback Rock

“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

“Few bands can do the power pop thing as well as Danny McDonald … this is great stuff from one of our finest young songwriters”Jeff Jenkins, Inpress Magazine Australia

“Summer city confirms Danny McDonald as one of the greatest songwriters and performers in Australia … Buy now, record of the year”Savio Records, Italy

“Danny McDonald is now regarded as one of Australia’s leading proponents of what’s loosely known as power pop that has found a home particularly among Europeans who have taken the ‘Australian sound’ to their heats”Kerrie Hickin, Bucketful of Brains Magazine, UK

“Maybe the most enjoyable pure pop album of the summer, Danny McDonald’s solo debut is like a cross between Paul Kelly’s late 80’s albums with the Messengers and the straight-forward-hooks-and-harmony of Brendan Benson or Fountains of Wayne … McDonald has an uncanny knack for varied and appealing melodies”Amplifier Magazine, USA

“Australian guitar pop doesn’t get any better than this. Former lead singer and mastermind of P76, Danny McDonald continues to hone the perfectly constructed melodies of that group”Burnside Distribution, USA

“Fast becoming the most prolific artist in Australian pop, or any country for that matter.. this guy’s got a voice that is just made of power pop (like Dom Mariani, or Peter Holsapple for example) and as a result you buy into every word … McDonald can craft a hook like no few others”NotLame, USA

“McDonald has a similar Australia Uber Alles feel to his lyrics, filling songs with novelistic detail and off-hand references that help set his songs in a very specific time and place. More importantly, McDonald has an uncanny knack for varied and appealing melodies, and his self-production is clean and richly detailed”Stewart Mason, Amplifier Magazine, USA

“Musically, McDonald demonstrates growth as he peers above the West Coast (that’s California, not Perth!), guitar vibe that informs much of his work to incorporate more country and folk elements. However, it is the down home charm of McDonald’s lyrics that will probably make the bigger impression as McDonald sings about the sunshine, his surroundings, familiars and that favourite Aussie pastime – um… beer”Kevin Mathews, Bucketful of Brains magazine, UK

“McDonald also tries his hand at story-telling here … anecdotes which shows qualities of another quintessential Aussie songwriter Paul Kelly. This is a fine record from a fine songwriter. The sound of summer for the whole year round”Oz Music Project website, Australia

“Guitar pop doesn’t get much better than this. What’s more, Danny McDonald manages to imbue his songs with local (Australian) references in way that doesn’t come across as contrived or cloying” – The Barman, I-94 Bar website, Australia

“Deliberately sunkissed and happily thirst-quenching pop-rock with no pretensions, no airs and graces, and even fewer dud aspects”Neala Johnson, Beat Magazine, Australia

“McDonald’s music is classical – classical in the sense that it’s pop, radio-friendly in a great way, with each song running for just over two minutes. McDonald has rightly created perfect tunes for driving down to the beach”Beat Magazine, Australia

“Danny McDonald has an incredibly similar vocal style to Dom Mariani. But these Melbourne-area guys have done it themselves, writing a powerful and rocking set of originals and then recording them to perfection”Steve Gardner, The Big Takeover Magazine, USA

“It seems these days you just can’t get rid of Danny McDonald, thankfully. His catchy hooks are all over the scene, be it the power-pop soundtrack to an endless summer with his band P76 or his own solo stuff, the glammy garage sounds of The Stoneage Hearts or Jericho… the development of the pop-master-in-the-making”Goran Obradovic, Popism, Yugoslavia

“Danny McDonald is not in Red Kross, but his shimmering guitars and sunny melodies are right up there with Jeff and Steve McDonald. The difference is Danny delivers his pop irony-free – straight-up radio-ready hits from the 1970’s written today”Robot Magazine, USA

“If the true essence of an Aussie summer could be captured forever in time, this would be it”Whammo website, Australia

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