Kirin J Callinan
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Kirin J Callinan

Kirin J Callinan
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Callinan performing in 2009 with Mercy Arms
Background information
Kirin J Callinan
Born (1986-01-21) January 21, 1986 (age 33)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • synthesizer
  • bass guitar
  • percussion
  • piano

Kirin J Callinan (born 21 January 1986) is an Australian musician known for his lead guitar work in bands such as Mercy Arms, The Night Game, and Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders, as well as his solo career.

Since Mercy Arms broke up in 2009, Callinan has released three solo albums: Embracism (2013) , Bravado (2017), and Return to Center (2019). Referred to as the enfant terrible of Australia's underground rock music scene,[1] Callinan is known for his flamboyant public persona, confrontational live shows, and diverse musical output in which, according to Spin, "the distinctions between talent, irony, and genuine bad taste bleed together until they're indistinguishable."[2] Callinan said that his primary motivation as a musician is to "excite and confuse, ... But you can't do that for any length of time without having sincerity."[3]

Callinan has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including Jimmy Barnes, James Chance, Alex Cameron, Connan Mockasin, and brothers Neil and Tim Finn. Barnes and Cameron feature in Callinan's 2017 single "Big Enough". Barnes' distinctive screaming cameo became a famous internet meme.[4]

In 2017, Callinan was cast by Jane Campion in the second season of Top of the Lake. "Kirin was a joy to work with because he was imaginative, playful and exploring," said Campion. "He seems somehow to push the limits of human being in the biggest sense, like he might have been raised by unicorns."[3]

Personal life

Callinan's father is Brendan Callinan, former keyboardist with Australian pub rock band The Radiators.[5]

In February 2018, Callinan received a 12-month good-behaviour bond after being charged with willful and obscene exposure in a public place. He lifted his kilt on the red carpet at the ARIA Music Awards of 2017, briefly exposing his genitals to press photographers.[6] Following the incident, Callinan was dropped from the lineup to the 2018 Laneway Music Festival.[7]


Mercy Arms

  • Mercy Arms (2008)


  • Am I a Woman, Yet? (2008)
  • Embracism (2013)
  • Bravado (2017)
  • Return to Center (2019)



  1. ^ Fuamoli, Sosefina (27 May 2015). "Kirin J. Callinan Confirmed to Support TV on the Radio at the Sydney Opera House!", The AU Review. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  2. ^ Gaca, Anna (8 November 2017). "What Exactly Is Going On With Kirin J. Callinan?", Spin. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b Carew, Anthony (1 June 2017). "Kirin J. Callinan wants to lead a glamorous life", The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  4. ^ Matthews, Alice (7 November 2017). "Jimmy Barnes on becoming a meme: 'I just screamed like a banshee'", Double J. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Rock's wild ride takes a solo turn". 25 June 2013.
  6. ^ Avani Dias, Ange McCormack (21 February 2018). "Kirin J Callinan: Good behaviour bond over obscene exposure". triple j.
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