Ben Salter’s debut solo album, “The Cat”, has been awarded Album Of The Year at Tuesday night’s Queensland Music Awards, in a ceremony held at the beautiful Old Museum Building in Brisbane. Salter, who is also known for his work as singer and songwriter for The Gin Club, Giants Of Science and Wilson Pickers (plus numerous other acts) was given the nod despite some tough (and well deserving) competition in Kellie Lloyd (Screamfeeder), The Grates and world-conquerors DZ DEATHRAYS.

Currently on a six month solo tour and songwriting jaunt through Europe, Salter has been gaining plenty of new fans in the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany. Salter was thrilled to hear the news from his current base in Berlin;

“I’m very honoured and flattered to have “The Cat” selected as the Queensland Music Awards’ Album Of The Year 2012. Thanks so much to everyone who continues to come to my gigs, buy my album and like my stupid Facebook posts. Thanks also to MGM, ABC Music Publishing, Two Fish Out Of Water and all my family and friends. Stubbs The Cat also sends a big thank you to all of her fans across Queensland, Australia and the world. Tres bien Don Don!”

“The Cat”, which was given a five star review by The Courier Mail’s Noel Mengel, a 9/10 in Triple J Magazine and 4/5 in Australian Rolling Stone, is a sprawling beast of a record; traversing avant garde pop, folk and rock and was produced by The Drones’ Gareth Liddiard and Robert F. Cranny (Sarah Blasko, 78 Saab).

You can watch Ben‘s video for single “The Coward” here, “The Mailbox Song” here, and a few live performances for various websites here and here. Ben also appeared on national TV show Rockwiz and performed a duet of “Moving” by Supergrass with Kimbra. You can watch the video of Ben and Kimbra here.

Salter will be returning to Australia in November for a yet to be announced tour, before turning his attention to a second solo album and another Gin Club album.


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