John-Luke Shelley & High Speed Steel has been thrilling their audiences for over four years now. The band originally started with just three members John-Luke Shelley, Brett Shelley and family friend the late Tim Hancock. Using the initials of their surnames HSS – High Speed Steel (an engineering term from Brett’s background) the band was formed and they gigged locally around the Albury area.
Now four years on and based in Geelong, the band consists of two of the original members John-Luke & Brett Shelley along with bass player Mick Field and drummer Johnny Tesoriero. The band has built up an outstanding reputation for high quality ‘modern-blues’ and in great demand, they perform regularly around Victoria and at local and interstate Music Festivals.
Band members include:
John-Luke Shelley – lead guitarist/lead vocalist.
At 24 years of age, J-L as John-Luke is known has been described as having “a great feel for the work of Jimmy Hendrix, Carlos Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughan”. With his band High Speed Steel, he regularly receives great applause for his own material and performances of some of the blues classics which he plays in his own unique style.
Brett is the backbone of the group with his substantial and outstanding technique. He too brings the house down with some of his fantastic and unique solos. It is a real thrill to see father and son on stage ‘guitar duelling’!
Mick Field – bass guitar.
Mick has an awesome bass sound, with an array of high quality bass guitars which he plays effortlessly; he has gigged with bands for many years and brings a wealth of experience to the group.
Johnny Tesoriero – drums.
Johnny T is a professional drummer who has been playing in live original and cover bands since the age of 15. He has been signed to Albert Productions, EMI and independent record labels. His career highlights include TV appearances on Vizard, Rove, Channel V, MTV and The Basement; supporting Oasis, Foo Fighters and The Killers; performing with the former lead singer of The Easybeats, Stevie Wright and appearing in his book, ‘Hard Road’.
The combination of talented youth, substantial experience and musical craftsmanship makes the band both original and stunning in its modern blues style sound.
JL has three CD’s to his name - his first all-originals CD, it is self-titled with 12 tracks and includes JL’s own tribute piece to Stevie Ray. Fellow High Speed Steel member Mick and former member Jared support on the CD, with very special guests Chris Wilson and Mike Elrington featuring on a track apiece. This CD follows the very successful ‘I Could Be Your Man’ CD launched in 2009 and John-Luke has just released his third CD – ‘John-Luke Shelley & High Speed Steel – Live At The Pulse’. This CD was recorded live at the Pulse Radio Station 94.7 in Geelong during a very stormy night at the beginning of 2011 and was mixed and produced thanks to the work of Daniel McCrohan. This CD featuring a mix of original material and cover songs is a fantastic example of the stunning sound that the boys produce at their live shows.