Experimental band The Necks will be the recipients of the 2019 Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music from APRA AMCOS.
The Necks formed in 1987 and have maintained the same line-up with Chris Abrahams on piano, Lloyd Swanton on bass and Tony Buck on drums since day one.
Their first album ‘Sex’ in 1989 was readily accepted. The Necks have since released 20 albums over three decades.
The success of their work on the AFI-nominated soundtrack for the 1998 film, The Boys, saw the rest of the world catch on, and the group embarked on a series of European tours which continue to the present day. The releases of Aether (2001) and Drive By (2003) led to more accolades, including ARIA and APRA Awards, with critics comparing The Necks to musicians as wide-ranging as Philip Glass, The Dirty Three and Faust.
The Necks will receive the Award at the APRA AMCOS 2019 Art Music Awards ceremony on Monday 19 August at the Great Hall of the University of Sydney.