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Recording at Church Street 

We went back to where it all began to record our upcoming single, Switch Me Off — Church Street Studios with our old buddy Sean Carey

The song is probably our most ambitious to date, and Sean was the first person we went to in order to get the sound we all dreamed of. Long-time fans will remember Sean engineered and co-produced our debut EP Mystery Highway back in 2015. He's an absolute gun, and what we've come up with this time is something really special that we can't wait to share with you soon. 

Switch Me Off is a song about addiction, and it pulls no punches. That required the absolute best of us in terms of performance, and we knew we'd get nothing less than the best from Sean at Church Street. 

We'll be putting the track out very soon and have plans for our first video clip in the works, too.

Listen: Sincere Karma is out now 

Our new single Sincere Karma is OUT NOW, and we're thrilled. Check it out on Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play, and please give us a review wherever you come across it.


We'd like to say a huge thank you to The Brain Studios in Sydney for all the hard work helping us record and produce this track. We had a ball and would highly recommend Clay and the team there to anyone. Also, massive thanks to Golden Robot Records for handing us the honour of being the first artist on it new sub-label X-Ray Records. We'll do you proud.

Lastly, thanks to all of you, our fans, for always being there. Without your love and support, life would be so much more shit :)

Catch you at the live launch THIS SATURDAY 30 June at Frankie's Pizza in Sydney. Details here.

We'll also be bringing it down to Melbourne for a show at Whole Lotta Love Bar on Thursday 19 July. You'll see details of that show on the SHOWS page, too.


Sincere Karma launch coming up 

Great news, folks!! We've now set a date for the launch of our new single, and it's not too far away.  

Saturday, 30 June will see us hit the stage at our favourite Sydney hangout, Frankie's Pizza, for a huge celebration as we let loose a brand new track — Sincere Karma.  

Even more exciting — this will be the FIRST EVER single to be released on X-Ray Records, a new subsidiary of Golden Robot Records, the label behind classic Aussie acts like Rose Tattoo, The Superjesus and many more. We're super pumped to have their support, and can't wait to make more future announcements about our second single and a bit of touring action — yes Melbourne, we're coming back!!  

Until then, we'll see you all at Frankie's on 30 June for one massive party!!! All the details are on our SHOWS page. 

Rock on!!

Brand new single in the can  

It's been a long time coming, but we've finally finished recording a brand new single, which we'll be officially releasing in a few months.  

The track is Sincere Karma, and while we've been playing it for a while at our live shows, we've only just had the opportunity to get in the studio and record it. In fact it's the first studio recording we've done since Mystery Highway back in 2015, and as most of our fans know, a fair bit has changed for us in that time.  

Here's a sneak peak, with more to come soon. 

Most significantly, of course, our line-up has changed twice, and since we've now become very settled with two guitar-duelling superstars, we figured it was time to lay down some of the goodness Figgy and Stefano have brought to COTP for all the world to hear.. 

We headed into The Brain Studios in Sydney, where Clayton Segelov and Matt Clarke were on hand to engineer and help produce the track, which we managed to finish in little more than a day. 

Honestly, we could not be happier with how it's all turned out. Clay and Matt are true masters of their trade and captured some seriously incredible sounds for us, and we thank them enormously for their amazing work. 

Speaking of playing live, we've got a couple of big shows coming up to kick off the new year in style. The first is at Frankie's Pizza in Sydney on 27 January, which is the Australia Day long weekend, so we know it's going to be a big night. The second is on 16 February at The Townie in Newtown. You'll hear Sincere Karma in full at both those shows, as well as a whole heap of other tunes and a few cheeky surprises we've been working on. 

Can't wait to see you all there.

Cigars play a ripping return at Frankie's 

Having spent a few months re-organising the Cigars Of The Pharaoh line-up, it was so awesome to get back on stage and play live again at Frankie's Pizza in Sydney. It was a packed out show, and we couldn't have been happier at seeing all your smiling faces once again, and man, some of the dance moves were just incredible. We had air guitarists everywhere, air drummers, probably some air singers too. Most of all, we had a crowd that was totally up for the night, as we all were after all that time away. 

The setlist, which included a few new tracks, was as follows: 

Say Something 
Sincere Karma 
Screaming Woman 
Never Leave You 
Something's Going Down 
Little Monster (Royal Blood Cover) 
Mystery Highway 

Thanks so much to everyone who made it out. You made the evening a truly special one, and we can't wait to see you all again in a couple of weeks when we play with our buddies from Napoleonic at the Town Hall Hotel in Newtown. Bring it on!!! 

We've got a bunch of shots from the show thanks to the awesome Meredith Schofield. Check them all out, and many more, on the Photos page.

Cigars claim victory in first Emergenza Festival mission 


It was quite a night in Sydney as Cigars Of The Pharaoh claimed first place in their heat of the Emergenza Festival, the world's biggest battle of the bands.

The boys ripped it up as the last act of the night on The Lair stage at The Metro Theatre, claiming outright victory by a significant margin — making the opening State Of Origin rugby league contest between New South Wales and Queensland look like an absolute fizzer in comparison.

Victory for COTP grants them a place in the next round of the competition, which will happen in September at The Factory Theatre.

Another success there will mean a place in the national Australian final, and a shot at competing in the international final at Germany's Taubertal Festival, which in the past has featured performances by the likes of The Cure, Placebo, The Prodigy, Iggy & The Stooges, Biffy Clyro and 2016 headliner Limp Bizkit.

Cigars Of The Pharaoh would like to thank everyone that came out to support them on the night, as well as the other bands involved in the heat. A huge thank you also to the Emergenza Festival staff for the opportunity and seamless running of the event.

Here are a few more pics from the night, thanks to our good friend and amazing snapper Mez Schofield.

Keep on rockin'!!!!


Cigars all set for world's biggest band comp 

We're delighted to announce we'll be playing in the next heat of the Emergenza Festival, known as the world's biggest band competition. The show is on 1 June in Sydney at The Lair inside The Metro Theatre, and we need you all to come along and vote for us to win!!!

The festival takes place all over the world in more than 30 countries and close to 200 cities. The ultimate prize for winning the Australian leg is a place in the international final in Germany at the Taubertal Festival, where 30,000 people will be in attendance to rock like crazy. Naturally, we desperately want to be there and you can help us.

You can purchase tickets for $15 ahead of the show, or $20 on the door on the night. Once you're there, you'll be able to case your votes and help us get through.

To secure your ticket ahead of the show, simply email us at, or call the number shown on the image above. It's that easy. We'd love to see you there, because it is going to be one hell of a night.

Here's a taste of what to expect at the Germany festival. We think you'll agree, it looks absolutely brilliant.

What is Emergenza? International final 2015 at Taubertal Festival from Emergenza Festival on Vimeo.

Hitting the New Year running 

Happy New Year all, even though it's a couple of week's old now. We finished 2015 with a run of shows in Melbourne and Sydney, and started 2016 with a bang thanks to some more great reviews for Mystery Highway. The guys at Happy — one of the best Australian music blogs out there — interview Toby to talk about the band and what we have planned for this year. You can read the full story here. Massive thanks to Maddy Brown for being so good to us!! A snippet from the piece is below.

We also had a great time in at Sydney-based community radio station 2RRR a week ago. Chris Virtue, host of the awesome Radio Active show on Saturday nights, invited us in to guest host the first hour of his show, which was such a blast. We're looking at doing something else with the station that is going to be big, so stay tuned for more on that. If you missed the show, you can listen to it right here.


Mystery Highway earning rave reviews  

Cigars Of The Pharaoh at Oxford Arts Factory | Pic: Meredith Schofield



It's been a busy few weeks in the Cigars camp, and there were some serious fireworks at our Mystery Highway single launch at Oxford Arts Factory last Friday night. The room was packed, we were pumped, and the vibe before, during and after the show was absolutely awesome.

Our best buddy photographer Meredith Schofield was there to capture some more amazing images, which you can check out here.

On top of that, the track has been receiving rave reviews so far, which we couldn't be happier about.

We particularly liked this line from the Emerging Indie Bands blog, which reads: "This is music to enjoy along with a bottle of whisky, a cheroot and a game of poker."

We couldn't agree more, and Toby was happy you labelled his percussion as "muscle-flexing", too!!


The AU Review handed us Single Of The Day honours last week, too. "This is a riff-heavy track that from the first note will make you stop and think, 'Well, that was definitely something'. Give it a listen," they wrote.

Rock And Roll Creations gave us some love, too, calling Mystery Highway a "fuzzy monster of a track as the vocals groove over this delicious sound".

They continued: "With touches of that old school rock, this single is set to ensure the band explodes on to a wider music scene."


Rock And Roll Creations reviews Mystery Highway

Rock And Roll Creations reviews Mystery Highway

Cas also had a chat on Sydney's 2RRR radio on Saturday night, too, which was good enough to give the track another spin for its audience.

We couldn't be more grateful for all the great feedback we're getting, and too everyone that made the launch last Friday such a special night for us all.

We're off to Melbourne next week for a couple of shows — see the Shows page for details — and can't wait to get there to give our fans down there a taste of it all.

Stream Mystery Highway below and remember to sign up to our mailing list for all the latest news and, every now and then, FREEBIES!!

Mystery Highway Launch is set 

It seems like only yesterday we were in the studio recording our debut EP, Mystery Highway. Well, today we can excitedly announce that the launch for the first single from that record is all booked and set for take-off.

Thanks to The A&R Department, we'll be launching the title track as our first single at Sydney's awesome Oxford Art Factory. Details of the gig are on our Shows page, so make sure you head there to check it all out, and put a big fat mark in your diaries.

We'll be headlining the night, and there will be fantastic support from Bottlecock, Elia Fell and Angus C Crowley, too, so it's shaping up to be something truly special.

Be there, or miss out on seeing one of Australia's freshest new rock acts take the world by storm.