A veritable smorgasbord of tasty tunes will hit your earholes this month thanks to a big diversity of Gold Coast artists. This month’s new music includes electro-pop, blues-folk, good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, riff-driven sludge metal, indie-rock and everything in between. Check out what Gold Coast music is hitting the airwaves this month:
Silence Creeping for Hussy Hicks
As Gold Coast’s favourite duo celebrate a decade since releasing their first album and undertaking their first national tour, they also celebrate the release of their latest single ‘Silence Creeping’ as well as a national tour that takes in east and west coasts. The single, out 2 March sat in a lyric book for a good three years before it was ready to become a song and its haunting but resolute melody reflects torment and the desperate inability to get out of your own head. Listen to ‘Silence Creeping’ now via via Spotify (or better still, buy it via bandcamp) and catch the Hussy Hicks live on 15 April at Bleach* Festival, 3 May at Gold Coast Music Awards and 6 May at Surfers Paradise LIVE.
Her Sister capture London Days
Gold Coast independent synth pop duo Her Sister are sisters Rafaela and Valentina and they’ve launched themselves into the stratosphere with debut EP ‘Those London days’. It’s a self-produced collection of deeply personal lyrics woven through dreamy, chilled-out synth pop numbers. Born in New Zealand but living in London for the past two years, they’ve used the city as inspiration for writing, performing, producing and discovering a new sound. Her Sister were semi-finalists in the pop and music video categories of the 2017 UK Songwriting Contest for their song Electric and featured in the Evolution Festival at the Lyric Hammersmith as well as headlining Red Cross’ annual London Red Shoe Walk. Listen on Spotify or buy the EP so the sisters can keep having musical adventures.
New record for Black Rabbit George
And no, we don’t mean an actual album, we mean like a world record type record. Paul George (Tijuana Cartel)’s side project Black Rabbit George has seen the prolific songwriter experiment with style and prose in his songs as well as collaborations with local artists and friends like Hussy Hicks and Felicity Lawless. One of his latest offerings though, is something special because it was written, recorded and uploaded to the internet in less than an hour. ‘Not Giving to the Truth’ is what If Bob Dylan and Ry Cooder’s guitars had a love-child, ‘Not Giving to the Truth’ is what it’d sound like. And despite the song’s short gestation period, the lyrics are powerful [And I’ve been combative, reactive and passive. I’ve been so ugly I could kill.] and Paul’s guitar work shines. Check out Black Rabbit George’s one-hour creation on Soundcloud and check the gig guide for upcoming live shows.
Put That Bottle Down, Hazel
Hazel Mei has delivered a silky-smooth ray of sunshine with her debut single ‘Put That Bottle Down’. The song ebbs and flows, with haunting vocals, a gentle back-beat and the dull wail of a guitar and keys. It’s a sparse song that fills its space perfectly. It’s a beautiful debut full of grace and honesty as well as emotive lyrics and it’s the first single off a yet to be released EP. Listen now via Spotify or pay to download the track and keep Hazel making music.
Scarlett Kill’s Nights Get Cold
Scarlett Kill are a band of brothers. Like, literally. Will, Matt and Mitch Tyler started jamming in their sweaty Gold Coast garage and have been fiercely paving their own way with three national tours under their belt, a string of shows in Japan and support slots for British India, Never Shout Never (USA) and I Set My Friends on Fire (USA). Their new single ‘Nights Get Cold’ is a polished rock track which showcases both the young men’s talent as well as their commitment to a high quality product – the accompanying video is a case in point. Using a tried and true three-piece rock ‘n’ roll formula and with catchy songs primed for commercial radio, this Gold Coast trio is amassing fans rapidly and 2018 is shaping up to be a big year. Check out ‘Nights Get Cold’ on Spotify or maybe even, you know, buy the track and help these guys continue to make music.
The Black Swamp unleash Witches
It seems like only months ago Gold Coast riff lords The Black Swamp released their album ‘I Am’, but as promised, they’re back with a new EP. ‘Witches’, out in February is the band’s first release with new vocalist Luke Hosking (Azreal) on board. With a solid throwback to the doom-sludge highlords of the 70s with infusions of melody much alike Mastodon and Baroness, this EP is full of grooves made for ferocious thrashing of heads. The four-track EP puts Luke’s vocals front and centre, without losing any of the gravity those killer guitars bring to the mix. This EP will appeal not just to lovers of metal, but lovers of unrelenting riffs, heavy grooves and tight musicianship. Get amongst it on Spotify or better still, buy a copy and support the artists.
Repeat for Athena Joy
We already know Athena Joy has a special knack for songwriting. A finalist for a Queensland Music Award and with an ability to combine subtle pop tones with moody lyrics, she’s been busy in the studio prepping her debut ‘The Blue EP’ which is due for release in March. But her most recent song of the album is already turning heads. ‘Repeat’ fuses guitar with Athena’s versatile voice and drives the listener into a heavy pop trance. Athena’s vocals come across as effortless, yet there’s a complexity that adds depth to the overall sound. At just 22, we’re excited to see what the rest of ‘The Blue EP’ has to offer. Check out ‘Repeat’ via Spotify or see Athena Live at Bleach* Festival on 10 April.
Eliza and the Delusionals make 19
Led by uber talented frontwoman Eliza Klatt, this Gold Coast indie rock outfit have been turning heads through 2017 with some bangin’ support slots, a set at Splendour in the Grass and killer reviews from triple j tastemakers. Last year they got to play some of their dream venues and head out on the road with all manner of Australian and international rock legends. The video for their song ‘19’ off ‘The Deeper End’ EP is a crazy montage of that journey. Check it out on YouTube.
Trying for Jackson James Smith
Jackson James Smith has made a name for himself locally with honest lyricism and relentless gigging through the region. After picking up a guitar at 13, the now 24 year old is creating a unique brand of blues-influenced folk music. His new track ‘Trying’ showcases this sound perfectly as well as Jackson’s earnest lyrics and uncomplicated but diverse musicianship. Listen now via Spotify.
Meet the city’s freshest export – Loose Leaf
Rory Switzer, best known as drummer for Yes Sir Noceur has been let loose and in the process has put together a killer new band comprising members from local outfits such as Lotus Ship and Nine Sons of Dan. The band formed midway through last year following the completion of Rory’s EP ‘Frames’, which shows his adaptability as a singer-songwriter as well as a multi-instrumentalist. The end result of all of that is a record built for repeat and a band ready-made for the road. Loose Leaf’s debut single ‘Death Perception’ off their yet to be released EP will be delivered to the internets and airwaves Thursday 15 March with a little soiree to celebrate its birth on Friday 16 March. The single launch takes place at Arthaus Projects, 2/5 Karen Road, Mermaid Beach. Doors at 7.00pm. Tickets $10.
Banks of the Beautiful bring Joy to your ears
Banks of the Beautiful return this month with the release of their third single ‘Joy’, due 23 March. With driving beats and soaring synths, this bouncing electro pop number could lift even the heaviest of hearts with its moving melodies and strong pop accents. After many months of writing and recording, the duo are adding finishing touches to their debut album ‘ Unscheduled Departure’ due later this year while they also prepare for their single launch at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, 12 May. Keep your ears peeled or the new track ‘Joy’ later this month.
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