Gold Coast’s best: new music releases for April 2017

Chelsea Rockwells

‘tis the season for releasing new music and video, and there are so many amazing Gold Coast songs to talk about this month that we thought we’d put them in a handy reference guide for you.

Napoleonic Wars

Nap Wars new single Triple D-D Dank is a tight offering that sees Gold Coast’s math rock outfit develop a more melodic sound than prior singles. Complex time signatures and intricate instrumentation are the order of the day for this new song with killer guitar riffs thrown in for good measure. Triple D-D Dank is part of a split single release with Woollongong’s Basil’s Kite. You can see Napoleonic Wars live at a very respectable matinee gig on 29 April at Foundry Records supporting Kodiak Empire.

Hanlons tease new video

As well as scoring a three-month residency at QT and one of the headliner slots at this year’s Gold Coast Music Awards concert, Hanlon Brothers have released a teaser for their long-awaited video for Diamonds. The song was a finalist in two categories of the Queensland Music Awards and Saia Hanlon says it reflects what people have come to expect of the band. “It’s a bit quirky and left of field,” he told Blank Gold Coast. You can check out the teaser on Vimeo before it is premiered on the Blank GC website on Wednesday 26 April.

New single from new duo Two Birds One

Creating a wall of sound, bursting with luminous tones, dancing in tenebrosity and packed with emotion, Two Birds One are not your average Gold Coast Band but are the architects of a dynamic fusion that is both fresh and familiar. Their debut single I Can Have It All is an atmospheric and melodic offering. The duo met while playing in Aquila Young’s band and that influence is audible in this track, which will be released 14 April. You can get a sneaky listen now though, via triple j unearthed.

Aquila Young

With bellowing drums and shuddering, grit-infused guitars, Reckoning really puts Aquila’s voice front and centre. It’s dark and desolate but to our ears, it’s the band’s most powerful track to date with a strong chorus and pop qualities that make it a banger for radio and your own playlists. Seriously, once you listen to this song two or three times, you won’t get it out of your head. Get your ears around Reckoning at Aquila Young’s triple j unearthed page or buy it via iTunes. And if you want to catch Aquila perform this song live, you have ample opportunity. She has gigs at Byron, Brisbane, Sydney and Surfers Paradise LIVE as well as at the Gold Coast Music Awards on 27 April, right on the beach at Surfers Paradise.

Will Anderson makes big waves with Notions

Recently moving from Mackay to the Gold Coast, Will Anderson has hit the scene in a big way. His debut single Notions, which blends smooth vocals, didgeridoo, guitar and percussion as well as the other ten instruments Will has mastered is turning heads locally and further afield. And despite his youth (Will is only 19), he has already gained national attention by winning the People’s Choice Award at Telstra’s Road to Discovering in 2015 and being named runner up in Queensland’s Most Promising Male Songwriter competition in 2016. He’s also had slots at Caloundra Music Festival, Caxton Street Festival and had support slots with The Cat Empire, Kingswood and Busby Marou. Definitely one to watch. You can see Will perform live at NightQuarter on Saturday 29 April and you can check out the video for Notions on Youtube.

Port Royal

Not from the Gold Coast but just 40 minutes up the road and with plans to stop in here real soon, Port Royal build on Brisbane’s reputation for serving up epic rock songs. This one, Get Heavy lets you know exactly where it’s headed from its opening riffs. With hints of Mick Jagger swagger, the track is a rollicking, guitar-driven tune with an irresistible call and response chorus. Get Heavy is probably my personal favourite in this long list of awesome new music, so I recommend you get your ears around it via Soundcloud.

Leopold’s Trust / Feel

Leopold’s Treat have introduced a new song as part of a new video which exposes the people behind the band and the motivations behind the people. Trust / Feel is the new song, which features in the video produced by James Wills (Shots Fired by James Wills). The song is a contemplation on growth and courage and the video includes music and footage from a number of live shows throughout 2016. You can see Leopold’s Treat at Surfers Paradise LIVE, 28 – 30 April and check out the video on Youtube.

Round Mountain Girls

Meet You At The End is a new concept album from northern NSW’s Round Mountain Girls which tells the story of a man who had it all, lost it all and is searching for a way back. The ten-track release, released 23 March is their fourth studio album and has been described as the band’s most daring and elaborate release yet. Self-proclaimed pioneers of the Celtabillyrootsgrassfolk genre, Round Mountain Girls is a genre-bending effort with an array of instruments – from frantic banjo and guitar riffs to snapping drums and sultry string lines.  Round Mountain Girls hit NightQuarter as part of their release tour on 1 April as well as sets at Bluesfest Byron Bay before gigs at Brunswic Hotel (23 April) and Kingscliff Hotel (24 April). They’ve also just been announced for the Broadbeach Country Music Festival which runs 28 – 30 July.

Jordan Merrick’s untitled ballad

Untitled #1 is a stunning ballad by Gold Coaster Jordan Merrick, with slow finger picking and graceful acoustic guitar. Jordan’s vocals and lyrics entice a sense of aspiration to achieve and to be better despite the demons that can be found in anyone. Keep an eye out for Jordan playing locally or check out his track via Soundcloud.

Bleeding Knees Club are back

“See my face, melting on the pavement. Do my best to hold on to what’s left of it.” So goes Bleeding Knees Club’s first single in a long while. Released earlier in March, the Chew The Gum has already had close to 8000 streams. With a new label in Inertia Music, Chew The Gum is a sugary punk gem that will make you fall in love with the hooligans with Gold Coast roots all over again. It’s the first taste (and title track) off Bleeding Knees Club’s new EP, to be released Friday 14 April. Frontman Alex Wall has spent the past few years living between New York, LA and his hometown of the Gold Coast releasing three albums on LA’s Burger Records and touring worldwide with sci-fi punk solo project Wax Witches. The band’s co-founder Jordan Malane has taken a step back from band duties to Alex has a brand new four-piece band to introduce with this upcoming EP too.  Listen to Chew The Gum now on Soundcloud ahead of the EPs launch this month. 

Weekends with Amy Shark

Amy Shark will release her new six-track EP Night Thinker on 21 April but before then, she’s delivered a taste of what’s on offer following the success of Adore with new single Weekends. Amy says Weekends is an “extremely personal” song. “I actually wrote the guitar part about five years ago,” she said. “But I couldn’t think of any lyrics good enough to match the guitar so I let it go for so many years.” The new single follows from the incredible success of breakout track Adore which has now surpassed ten million Spotify streams and accredited with platinum sales in Australia. Her success doesn’t stop there. She’s partnered with RCA records in the USA, appointed a worldwide booking agent team, sold out her national tour, took home three awards at the Queensland Music Awards last week and this week announced as a finalist for two categories in the Gold Coast Music Awards. If a bangin’ new single’s not enough, Amy’s also released a video for Weekends, directed by Gold Coast’s Jude Kalman. You can check it out on Youtube. Order Night Thinker now at smarturl.it/nightthinkerEP and see Amy perform live, for free at the Gold Coast Music Awards on the beach at Surfers Paradise on Thursday 27 April.

Chelsea Rockwells debut EP

Finalists for three categories of the Gold Coast Music Awards (song, video and breakout artist) and with killer songs and a bangin’ video in their arsenal, Chelsea Rockwells are turning heads locally and across mainstream radio for their unforgiving approach to rock. They came in at #75 on 4ZZZ’s Hot 100, scored supports for Thirsty Merc and Screaming Jets and this month unleash their debut EP Eleven Vol 1. The album is a banger, with instantly moshable riffs combined with their signature alt-grunge sound – it’s all rock and no rest. The EP was written over six months, recorded early in 2016 and has been fine-tuned for the past year. See Chelsea Rockwells play their EP live when they hit Hard Rock Café on Friday 21 April.

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