Gold Coast music has done it again, coming up with banger after banger to see out 2018 in style. From dirty blues to lazy R&B and everything in between, check out these favourite new sonic offerings from across the Gold Coast, curated by our very own Samantha Morris. And if you’ve got tunes to share, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evol Walks brings The Fire
Gold Coast’s Leah Martin-Brown is back, this time collaborating with Tim Henwood (The Superjesus). ‘The Fire’ is a raw rock number with a dash of dirty blues. It’s a return to the rock sound that helped launch Leah’s band Evol Walks in 2014 when they played Polish Woodstock and turned heads across the globe with their brash riffs and powerful vocals. Written in Brisbane and produced in LA where Leah is now based, ‘The Fire’ is out 14 December.
Loose Leaf’s Frames is out now
It’s been an interesting journey for Rory Switzer, since he quit his day job to focus on music. His new project Loose Leaf launched its debut EP earlier this month with a house party at Nobby Beach. Loose Leaf sees Rory step out from behind the drumkit to take on the role of singer and frontman. He wields a mean guitar as well. To my ears the EP is full of sunny vibes and sees Rory experiment with wailing yet bright guitars, vocal harmonies and simple story-telling. The five-track release is a testament to Rory’s fast-developing songwriting talent and willingness to experiment vocally and instrumentally. There’s a lot of diversity to be found on ‘Frames’ and each song surprises in its own way. Listen now via Soundcloud.
No pretending for Chavez Cartel
A vastly different sound to previous single ‘Bipolar Express’, Chavez Cartel’s new single ‘I can Pretend’ sees the band take their rock roots down a different road. This track is full of raw emotion, focussing on loss and love. It’s a tribute to the band’s friend Ashley Salkel. It’s the second song off the band’s soon to be released EP, with Govinda Doyle again weaving his magic into the track. You can take a listen via Soundcloud.
Hold Up Maximo
Formerly Gold Coast / SEED artist Maximo has delivered a lazy, groove-filled R&B number just in time for summer. Having spent the past few years writing, producing and touring with fellow artists, this new track ‘Hold Up’ is laced with rich harmony, talkbox and a fleeting ambient-trap breakdown with an obvious nod to Maximo’s influences of hip-hop, funk, neo-soul and modern R&B. Take a listen on Spotify.
Gracie release for Leopold’s Treat
With their divine new single, ‘Gracie’, treasured local collective Leopold’s Treat have delivered a gently ebbing slice of moody folk with countrified undertones. Resplendent with the shadows of the late afternoon sun filtering through gently swaying branches, Kate Leopold delivers her words with moving grace and goose bump inducing clarity, while the band fall in behind her, colouring its steady, acoustic driven tempo with evocative washes of lap steel and finger picked guitar gorgeousness. Listen at soundcloud.com/leopolds-treat.
Round Mountain Girls collab with John Williamson
Round Mountain Girls last week released the video for their single ‘Magical Mix’, featuring Aussie icon John Williamson. The song celebrates Australia because, as Williamson says, ‘A magical mix makes a magical race and a magical mix makes a magical place. That’s how we all feel about this place. To be an Aussie, all you have to do is appreciate it and protect it.’ Footage was shot for the most part on the Tweed Coast of SW with the iconic Wollumbin Mt Warning in the background and interspersed with shots of the recording session the band had with John Williamson. It’s a classic piece of Australiana with all the imagery and lyrics you’d expect. Watch now on YouTube and catch them live at Cabarita Sports Club, 22 December and Kingscliff Hotel ,19 January.
Ladia delivers debut Feel The Same
Recent Griffith Bachelor of Popular Music graduate and Gold Coast producer Eunice Ladia (header image) has emerged with a brand new electro-summer jam under new moniker Ladia. With R&B undertones, ‘Feel The Same’ is a sugary pop song with a unique take on electronica. It’s crammed full of wistful lyrics, at once sweet and sassy. Brimming with quiet confidence, this young starlet appears to be in her element on her up-tempo first release, which is polished and professional and while full of sugar and light, contains just enough heartbreak to be interesting. Listen now via Spotify.
People Luminous deliver Garms
Gold Coast hip-hop collective People Luminous certainly know how to make an entrance. Their debut live show in Byron Bay sold out and the first of two singles shows a maturity that belies their short-lived existence (although the group does include Travy P, who has worked alongside huge names in Australian hip-hop such as Manu Crooks and 360). These guys are passionate about fostering a new hip-hop culture on the Gold Coast and regularly throw warehouse parties, which have been described as ‘epic’. This new song ‘Garms’, released ahead of their debut EP, slated for launch in 2019, is a perfect slice of hip-hop excellence, and that’s all that needs to be said. Listen now via Spotify and keep your ears and eyes peeled for one of those secret warehouse shows on 22 December.
PurpleZain returns with 3rd full-length EP Supervision II
PurpleZain launches ‘Supervision II: The Psychopathology of Angelica Deathray’ this month. Not one to shy away from pushing creativity to its limits, Zain Constantine describes his third album as an “EDM punk rock opera mash up,” and honestly, I couldn’t have described it better myself. It follows on from the first ‘Supervision’ album, released in 2014 where a psychiatrist learns of a form of psycho-surgery that allows him to travel into his own mind to find the meaning of life. In ‘Supervision II’ he travels into the mind of Angelica Deathray’. Mixed by Govinda Doyle and starring long-time collaborator Jodie Maloney (Nowhere Else) as well as members of The Wrath, Men Machines, Filth Dimension, Nowhere Else and Harry Naps, you know this is an album you need to experience, not hear. It’s out 15 December and being celebrated with a launch at Eddie’s Grub House.
Day N Nite for Rhea Robertson
Gold Coast Music Song of the Year finalist, Rhea Robertson is forging her own path as an alt-pop singer/songwriter. Her music captures audiences with a fusion of melodies that linger in the mind, dreamy jazz undertones, poignant lyrics and dreamy alt-pop sounds. With songs charting on triple J unearthed and 4ZZZ, Rhea has also had airplay with commercials stations and has spent a bunch of time in LA working on collabs and as a ghost writer. She’s this month released a cover / remix of Kid Cudi song ‘Day n Nite’ which she says takes her back to her time living in Europe. It’s not the first cover she’s recreated. “As an original artist it’s been a challenge and an amazing inspiration to create these “reimagined” covers (as I like to call them!) and it’s heavy influenced my original project coming out early 2019,” she said. You can listen to ‘Day N Nite’ on Soundcloud now.
We All Drive release Jack The Ripper
After a short but frenetic year of existence, Gold Coast rock duo We All Drive, have released debut EP ‘Jack The Ripper’. They’ve settled on a winning sound over that time, with music that sounds deeper and more complex than that produced by a two-piece. It’s modern rock and it’s not fancy, but it’s all big bass and drums and sometimes that’s all you need to whip a crowd into a frenzy. This three-track EP doesn’t pull any punches. It showcases We All Drive’s great work ethic and talent for straight-up rock. Listen now via Spotify.
Bones Rivers debuts Setting Sun
Luke Houselander has re-emerged with a new name and new music. Now known as Bones Rivers, his debut single ‘Setting Sun’ showcases Luke’s unique guitar stylings as well as a fierce and driving beat, and inspired by blues legends of days gone, Bones Rivers is living up to the name of the Wolfman. This one man band has been treading the boards on the Gold Coast for more than ten years, and his adaptable style has seen him play a diverse range of venues. He’s focussed now on invading festival stages and giving music fans something fresh and new. ‘Setting Sun, which was seven months in the making and sees Bones Rivers work with Benny D Williams on its production, does all of that. Listen via soundcloud.com/bonesrivers/setting-sun.
San Mei EP Heaven is here
Make no mistake, San Mei is a star on the rise, and her new EP ‘Heaven’ just reinforces that ascension. The new EP contains four indie pop rock numbers, full of San Mei’s blistering guitar hooks, lush vocals and songwriting dexterity. On this EP, San Mei worked with producer Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy), recording the tracks over a four-month period. The release follows the success of singles ‘Heaven’ and ‘Wonder’ which have both been championed by triple j, resulting in San Mei being the sixth most-played unsigned artist on the youth broadcaster in the weeks after its release. You can listen to the EP ‘Heaven’ now on Spotify.
Bobby Alu reveals Other Side
Bobby Alu has given us another taste of his third album, due for release early in 2019. ‘Other Side’ which was released in November, is a fresh slice of island vibes. It’s a gentle pop anthem and like much of Bobby’s music focuses on the journey to fulfilment and connection. It’s perfect timing for new music too, because Bobby is about to hit the road for a 25-date summer tour supporting The Beautiful Girls around Australia. He’ll be with them at The Northern on 3 January and Kingscliff Beach Hotel on 5 January and then he’ll hit Nightquarter supporting UB40 on 1 February. Check out ‘Other Side’ now on Spotify.
Atticus Chimps release self-titled EP
A new five-track release from Gold Coast alt-rock-grunge threesome Atticus Chimps is packed with energy. Already releasing three tracks off the EP ‘Bee Stung Lips’, ‘Lead, Pretend’ and ‘Illusion’, the three-piece have shown in this release that they’re dedicated to honing their craft while releasing hard-hitting rock songs full of big riffs and fist-pumping energy. There’s the rhythm and hooks of pop songs that sit alongside antiestablishmentarianism ideals and fast-paced and melodic themes. Listen to the new self-titled EP via Spotify.
Little Georgia’s debut studio album is out
Australian folk duo Little Georgia, which features Gold Coast’s Ashleigh Mannix have captured the ears of listeners across the globe with their debut studio album ‘All The While’. Recorded in Byron Bay with Grammy Award winning producer Nick Didia, the album is full of soaring vocals, impeccable guitar and blues-country vibes which flit between alt-country and Americana with ease. ‘All The While’ is one of the best Australian albums this year, in my opinion. There’s something about the voices and chemistry that Ashleigh and bandmate Justin Carter share that’s beautifully captured on this release (and really comes into its own in a live performance). Listen to ‘All The While’ now on Spotify and catch Little Georgia at Bluesfest 2019 if not prior.
Mad Marla Saint
Upcoming Gold Coast indie artist and producer Marla Saint has released a debut track, ‘MAD’, that she wrote and self-produced. Already clocking up an impressive number of Spotify streams, the single is a dark slice of dreamy pop with hypnotic beats and a haunting aesthetic. Listen now on Spotify or follow at instagram.com/marlasaint.
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