Mr. Sauce was awarded the winning spot at the UniSounds ’18 Grand Final at The Lansdowne Hotel in Sydney last week. Out of the seven finalists who took to the stage, the Newcastle five piece Mr. Sauce walked away with the top prize of an international recording deal from Dine Alone Records and a promotions package.
“The soulful sweet tunes of a man of equal soul and sweetness”… so he may say himself, however Newcastle’s Mr. Sauce can be forgiven for hitting the nail on the head. His enchantingly curated tracks are infused with jazz, funk, blues and pop, from gentle doo wop swing to riviera stylings there is a dreaming optimism to Mr. Sauce which is irresistible, easily comparable to Szymon or Devendra Banhart.
As Mr. Sauce sit down to table with Dine Alone Records, last year’s competition also comes full circle with winners Jones The Cat ready to release their double A-side single through the label. The band opened the UniSounds ’18 Grand Final with a preview of their upcoming release. UniSounds is stoked to partner with Dine Alone Records once again, who have committed to continuing their invaluable support for the competition.
The UniSounds '18 Grand Final also welcomed the incredible Alice Ivy to the stage and to the judging panel; joining other industry representatives to select the winner. The inaugural prize for the most supportive university campus was announced this year, with University of Newcastle taking the honours. In total, 17% of this year's entrants hailed from Newcastle and the Central Coast campus now can claim UniSounds '18 winners Mr. Sauce, plus two more out of the seven finalists - as well as last year's winners Jones The Cat.
The Grand Final for this year's competition was also the launch date for UniSounds'19. As of midnight the UniSounds website was opened to students looking to enter the 2019 program and the announcement was made that Furphy Beer will take the reigns as the major sponsor for UniSounds'19.