Blasting onto the scene, Drums of War debuted at the Vocal Australia AUSACA 2015 Championship, competing against over 30 groups from around Australia and being crowned the 2015 Australian A Cappella Champions, not to mention the multiple awards they received such as Best Vocal Percussionist, Best Contemporary Song and Best Soloist.
“Drums of War is the first vocal band that I’ve heard anywhere that forced my hand as a judge to award best lead vocals to their rapper. These guys are scary good - remember the name!” – Peter Huang, MICappella, SNG
Following their success at the Australian Championships, Drums of War have appeared on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Big Music Quiz, Channel 31’s 1700, Channel 9Go’s Kids WB, as well as performing as part of music festivals and events around Victoria. Appearances include the Victorian Young Achievers Awards, White Night Festival, Brunswick Music Festival and the Sale Music Festival, as well as performing for both Metro and Nova FM on multiple occasions.
2016 saw Drums of War begin its international ventures, competing in the invitation-only Asia Pacific A Cappella Championship League in Singapore, battling with groups from Hong Kong, the Philippines, Taiwan and more, placing 2nd overall and receiving awards for Best Stage Presence and Best Pop Arrangement. This led to Drums of War touring to Hong Kong in 2017 to perform as headliners at the Hong Kong International A Cappella Festival.
Their debut album Shadowboxing (2017), which featured their first original track of the same name, went on to receive the award for Best A Cappella Video by a Professional Groupin the international 2018 A Cappella Video Awards. Presented at the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival, Grammy-winners Pentatonix finished as runners-up to Drums of War for this major award. Shadowboxing also won Best Hip-Hop Video, was runner-up for Outstanding Video Editing, and would later win Best Hip-Hop Song at the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards2018.
Though they have performed at venues around Melbourne, such as The Toff and the Gasometer Hotel, as well as overseas, Drums of War are more likely to be found busking on the streets of the Melbourne CBD – bringing their organic, urban sound straight to the people of their hometown.
Drums of War connect directly to their audience not only through busking on the streets, but by their rapidly developing online presence – regularly uploading a cappella videos to their Facebook and YouTube pages. Their medley of the Triple J Hottest 100 2016 caught the eye of both Tone Deaf and AusPop, and their cover of Eurovision 2018’s ‘Lie To Me’ has over 290,000 views on YouTube.
Supporting and collaborating with acts such as MICappella (SNG), Suade (AUS) and Face Vocal Band (USA), Drums of War are expanding into the world stage and bringing vocal music back to its urban roots.