Based around the core of front-man Rival MC (aka Fred Leone) and DJ Returnagain (aka James Vincent), Impossible Odds are an Indigenous Hip Hop/Soul group from Brisbane. October saw the release of their long awaited debut album Against All Odds.
With one EP and 3 singles released over the last 5 years, Impossible Odds have held a steady line. Though still instinctively founded in the indigenous community – through strong national community radio and triple J play, heavy media coverage, killer live shows, big support slot’s and national touring – the band have also earned themselves a large mainstream audience. This is tribute to their tenacity, longevity and of course, the quality of their music. It is also due to the fact that Rival MC is nationally respected and a born community leader, intelligent, steadfast, passionate, balanced and able to clearly vocalise his opinion’s without pointing fingers or denigrating others.
With strong Australian Aboriginal, Tongan & South Sea Island family roots, Rival MC’s lyrics are a journey through the mind of contemporary Aboriginal Australia, addressing not only issues facing his people, but more to the point, Australian society and the global community in general. A socially conscious attitude that speaks volumes, triple J has described Impossible Odds as “ferociously intelligent… Fred Leone quips with the informed subtlety of Kev Carmody and spits with a visceral slag like Henry Rollins’s. ‘Cept hip-hoppier with specifically Aussie concerns.”
With a South Australian launch date TBA for November, Impossible Odds launch their debut album nationally on the remaining date: Saturday December 3rd @ Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW