2 Litre Dolby

2 Litre Dolby, originally based in Sydney, began performing live in December 1996. The band was made up of Leo Mullins (previously of The Welcome Mat) on bass and vocals, Leif Svensson on guitar and Craig ‘Skull’ Peade on drums.

The group appeared on several compilations, before releasing its one and only album, El Caballo Rojo, in 1999 on Half A Cow Records. The album was recorded and mixed in just eleven days (between August and November 1998) at Charing Cross Studios by Steve Foster, with some assistance provided by Matt Maddock. It was mastered by William Bowden at Festival Records.

Not long after the album’s release, the trio relocated to Melbourne. In March 2001, they traveled to Sydney to play their last ever shows supporting Tweezer – who had reformed to play its last shows proper – over two nights at the Hopetoun in Surry Hills.

Leo Mullins went on to form Melbourne based duo The Small Knives with Philip Romeril. He also released a solo album Being Here Is Everything in 2018 which was described as “full of shimmering minimal folk, bedroom soul, celestial drones and delicate upbeat pop.”


“In September 2019, the world was robbed of the glorious soul of Leo Mullins. A father, brother, twin and bandmate, Leo’s death from cancer left a gaping hole in all our lives. He was just 49. While we grieve today, tonight and always, there is one consolation. His music. Leo left behind 35 years of songs. His role in the seminal 80s Brisbane band The Benedicts, his part in the Welcome Mat’s climb to the global stage and celebrated bands 2 Litre Dolby and The Small Knives is a legacy worth celebrating. Join us to sing, celebrate and share the life of Leo Mullins.” – Dan Mullins, brother

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El Caballo Rojo



El Caballo Rojo  (hac77)
Released 1999