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The Cortex Shift is a Jazz-Rock band from the Adelaide Hills, South Australia led by Kyle Opie.


The members of The Cortex Shift met as students of the music program at Heathfield High School in Heathfield, South Australia. Their first public performance was at the Hoot! Adelaide Hills Jazz Festival in June of 2012. In August that same year they won the Imaginate Battle of the Bands. Recording began for their first album, Quest of Chin in 2013, but it wasn't released until 2016.

The Cortex Shift recorded and released their second album Songs in the Key of Lunch in 2017. After the studio session for this album took place in January, keyboardist and founding member Rohan Pullen left the band to pursue a career interstate. Guitarist Sam Morris (Bird Detective, Relict, Superdose Gangway) joined the band in his place. During 2017 The Cortex Shift also supported Johannes S. Sistermanns (Germany) at COMA and were finalists under the experimental category for the SAM Awards. In 2018 the band released a live album that was professionally filmed with footage available on their YouTube channel.

The band's 2019 release Moose Sluicing Is Not The Answer was accompanied by their first official video clip. In 2020 they supported Stereolab (UK) at Bonython Hall for the Adelaide Fringe and later released Nuisance Pooch. Filming of an ambitious DIY video clip for Nuisance Pooch began in late 2020 and production is yet to be completed. In 2021 The Cortex Shift released Eat The Rich and Steal Their Spaceships, moving in a heavier direction and utilising the more modern production style of Depict Studios. At the launch show for this release the band was joined by accomplished pianist Ciara Ferguson who later agreed to join the band. An eighth release is due in 2022. It is scheduled to be recorded mid-March at Depict Studios.


Current members

The Cortex Shift at the Exeter in 2017.

Past members

  • Rohan Pullen - keyboards



  • Moose Sluicing Is Not The Answer - (2019)
  • Nuisance Pooch - (2022)

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