LAUREL & THE PAINKILLERS (LPK) deliver a mix of original & cover music that is blues at heart, driven by rock, pop & groove. Live shows are full of energy & passion guaranteed to please their music fans. They were recently nominated as finalist for “Emerging Act 2022” by MBAS VIC Blues Music Awards & their song “Bad Luck Comes In Three” was semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Contest USA 2022. Debut album “Songs From Isobel” was hailed “best album of the year” Kevin Byrne (Radio Presenter 103.7 FM) & was in the 25 most-played new & reissued CD’s from AU Blues & Roots Airplay Chart. Second CD “Keep On Moving Towards The Light” was written during COVID-19 pandemic “LPK launched their EP to a full house at the Shake Shack. Awesome electric guitar from Laurel & the band ripping all through the set had the crowd wanting more” Barry Maxwell (Radio Presenter).  “Great songs – & really well produced” Matthew Frederick (DJ “The Juke Joint”, PBS 106.7fm). 

English born Melbourne based singer-songwriter, guitarist Laurel is supported by a killer rhythm section – 

Taleb Taleb (Dr T) is a highly sought after session drummer who has played with local & Intl. acts incl. Renee Geyer, Ian Moss, The Giants, Michael Charles, Double Shot Blues, Normie Rowe, Tony Pontano, Intafunk, Ross Hannaford (Daddy Cool), La Forza Swing Band, Club 54 Disco & award winning Elvis artists. He produced both LPK Albums & contributed as composer.  

Multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Damian Peck has been part of the Melbourne music scene for over two decades. He is a veteran bass player who has played and recorded with countless musicians of many different styles and brings a wealth of experience to LPK.

Skilled Keyboard player Daryl Johnson has been active in Melbourne over the last 15 years. Classically trained he plays with various tribute acts incl. Gold Chisel, To Hell & Back (Meatloaf) & Ron Vincent (Cat Stevens). Daryl has played on original albums with Dave Wright Midnight Electric, Bronnie Gordon & LPK.