The Galvatrons are the synthrock four-piece of Johnny “Galvatron”, Pete “Gamma”, Pete Convery “Condor”, and Robert Convery “Bozza”. Formed two years ago in Melbourne, Australia, they got their name from the 1986 animated film Transformers, but this is not their only ’80s connection, as at times they sound like Van Halen for the 21st century. Further influences include Devo, Cheap Trick, Kim Wilde, Queen, and Gary Numan.
The band’s first taste of mainstream success came with the release of their debut single When We Were Kids last year. The song became a radio hit and secured them support slots for Def Leppard and Cheap Trick; they even played a festival tour in the United Kingdom alongside The Police at London’s Hyde Park, but they were evicted from the concert after allegedly singing Metallica songs loudly in the room next door to Sting LOL.
Their debut album Laser Graffiti came out a couple of weeks ago and according to the band, it’s a “euphoric, synth-tracked montage of disco fist-pumping, ’80s prom night passes, and Hollywood endings for bespectacled misfits.” If this description aroused your curiosity, head over to their website for a listen.