Gold Coast Groups Killing It

Yet again our local talent is killing it on the stage and in the studio.

Smoking support slot for Cherie Currie

Smoking Martha have a new support slot to add to the growing list (which has Seether and Uriah Heep on it). They’ve excitedly announced they’ll be warming the stage for Cherie Currie – the voice of the Runaways. It’s the singer’s first ever Australian tour. They’re totally ready for this show too – having just blasted Melbourne’s iconic Corner Hotel for Wallapalooza’s southern edition alongside Dallas Frasca and Electric Mary. Female fronted rock groups are few and far between, mainly as it takes a powerful voice to compete with a wall of electric guitars. Luckily, this will pose no problem for the powerful line up of Cherie Currie, Diva Demolition and Smoking Martha who hit The Triffid on Thursday 26 May.

Hey you, Donny Love

Donny Love, The Gold Coast’s most incestuous family continues to grow, recently birthing new track Hey You. Since releasing debut EP Sultry Visions in December the band has supported Thee Oh Sees, Homeshake and Mangelwurzel. They’ve also added guitarist Joel Van Rooyen from Salvadarlings and begun recording with old friend Lachy Buckle who also plays in the band.
As the love continues to grow, so do the songs. Hey You muses on the consequences of a young life lived, looking back on it and into the future. Listen at soundcloud.com/donnylove.

Rising up for $50k and a shot at Ibiza

Ten Gold Coast bands have been chosen from a global pool of 7000 to have a crack at $50,000 and a trip to Ibiza. Hard Rock Rising will see Tokyo Beef, Nowhere Else, Yes Sir Noceur, Versus Fate Dead Hand Blues, Chelsea Rockwells, The Pretty Fingers, My Nanna’s Kingswood, Collins Class and Tesla Coils compete across three heats with the big show-down taking place on 1 June. On the same day across the globe, hundreds of bands will perform with just one scoring the coveted prize. Check our gig guide for heat details.

Sounds from Nowhere Else

Guitar-driven alt rock outfit, fronted by powerhouse vocalist Jodie Maloney, Gold Coast’s Nowhere Else have released a self-titled debut EP. The offering is an accumulation of a year’s work with producer Eric Coelho (Wolf Mother, Melbourne Ska Orchestra) who recorded and mixed the EP between SAE Studio in Byron, U-Live Studio in Ocean Shores and Eric’s home studio in Lennox Head. Content in the Dark is the first single off the EP with a full-length film clip up on Youtube and on the Blank GC website. It’s good. Check them out.

Pictured; Smoking Martha

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