The Butterfly Effect

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The Butterfly Effect
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Background information
OriginBrisbane, QLD
GenresAlternative, progressive metal, Nu-metal, hard rock
Years active1999 - 2016, 2017 - present
LabelsRoadshow, Modern Music
Associated actsThousand Needles in Red, The Given Things, Like Thieves, MofoIsDead
MembersClint Boge, Glenn Esmond, Kurt Goedhart, Ben Hall
Past membersPaul Galagher, Michael Cavendish

Band members

  • Line-up
    • Clint Boge (vocals)
    • Glenn Esmond (bass, vocals)
    • Kurt Goedhart (guitar)
    • Ben Hall (drums)
  • Former members
    • Paul Galagher (vocals) 2013
    • Michael Cavendish (bass) 1999 - 2002

Band information

The Butterfly Effect was one of Australia's most popular rock acts, having scored two Top Ten albums, a Top Ten single and various entries on Triple J's Hottest 100 end of year survey. Imago was voted in at #88 in the Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time survey in 2011. The band began with a nu-metal sound in 1999 but over the years developed more alternative rock and progressive metal stylings.

The Butterfly Effect first came to notice with an independent self-titled EP they supported with heavy touring. The EP topped the AIR and ARIA indie charts and remained in the Top 20 for almost a year. The band issued the "Crave" single which just missed out on a Top 50 berth. Begins Here peaked at #23 and eventually went gold, charting for more than a year. The band toured the UK and central Europe in 2004. Touring continued until late 2005 when recording began on the follow-up. Imago was a much more progressive and less aggressive album than previous releases. Released in July 2006, it was held off the #1 spot by Eskimo Joe's Black Fingernails, Red Wine and went gold in two months. "A Slow Descent" was a #9 hit single. Early 2007 was spent touring with the Big Day Out, followed by an extensive Australian tour with Chevelle and Dead Letter Circus. A short tour in early 2008 was followed by the recording of Final Conversation of Kings which debuted at #3 when it was released in September. Another tour with the Big Day Out followed in 2009. After this the band toured less and Boge formed Thousand Needles in Red as a heavier side project.

The Butterfly Effect began sporadic touring once more during 2011. In early 2012 it was announced that Boge would be leaving the band after a final tour in mid-2012. Glenn Esmond then formed The Given Things in 2012, with Boge on vocals. Paul Galagher of MofoIsDead was announced as the band’s new singer in September 2013, a tour and single were done but then The Butterfly Effect basically ended, finally announcing they had disbanded in 2016 although the band had been inactive since the end of the October 2013 tour.

In 2017, the band reconvened and toured nationally during 2018. In December 2019 they played the Good Things festival but further work was curtailed because of COVID. With the release of new songs in between 2020 and early 2022, The Butterfly Effect began playing live once again. In 2022 they appeared at Brisbane's Wallapolooza festival and announced a new album followed by a national tour in late 2022. IV was released on September 2 and immediately peaked at #5 on the ARIA Album chart. The band will appear at Froth and Fury Fest in November 2023 and has announced a tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of Begins Here for early 2024.



2003 Begins Here Roadshow
2006 Imago Roadshow
2008 Final Conversation of Kings Roadshow
2012 Effected Roadshow
2016 B-Sides, Live and Rarities Collision Course
2022 IV Independent


2002 Crave Roadshow
2004 Always Roadshow
2005 Phoenix Roadshow
2005 Beautiful Mine Roadshow
2006 A Slow Descent Roadshow
2006 Gone Roadshow
2007 Reach Roadshow
2008 Window and the Watcher Roadshow
2009 In These Hands Roadshow
2009 Final Conversation Roadshow
2013 Eyes Down Roadshow
2019 Unbroken Independent
2021 Nil by Mouth Independent
2022 So Tired Independent
2022 Visiting Hours Independent


2001 The Butterfly Effect Independent