I don’t even know where to start. This is a massive month for new music coming out of the Gold Coast. And the genres are as diverse as the city itself. Take a listen and tell us what you think?
Ngarrukwujenama for Wurramara
Emily Wurramara has released new single ‘Ngarrukwujenama’ ahead of her forthcoming album. It’s a much-anticipated release that follows her debut, breakout EP ‘Black Smoke’ in 2016 and a freshly inked publishing deal with Mushroom Music. Recorded with award winning producer David Bridie, Ngarrukwujenama is the first taste of the album to come. Sung in her first language Anindilyakwa, Ngarrukwujenama means ‘I’m hurting’. Listen via Spotify.
Azure smashes Billboard charts
Gold Coast born musician Azure has just smashed the US Billboard Dance Club charts with her debut single ‘Too Late’. The single comes from her yet to be released EP. After working in Nashville with multiplatinum songwriter / producer Bryan Todd she saw immediate success with multiple remixes of her single created by Grammy winner Dave Aude as well as Dirty Werk and Mauro Mozart. The accompanying video for ‘Too Late’ has already clocked over 39,000 views on YouTube with a bunch of US radio stations adding the track to rotation. She now has her eyes set on her home country. Check out ‘Too Late’ on Spotify.
Debut for Harry J Hart
Harry J Hart has released his debut single ‘It Calls Out’ and in less than two weeks the track found itself sitting at #1 on the triple j Unearthed rock charts. ‘It Calls Out’ captures the feeling of being haunted by the black dog that is mental illness and was recorded with some of Harry’s class-mates in year 11 at Music Industry College in Brisbane. You can catch the Harry J Hart Trio live at NightQuarter on Saturday 17 February and listen to the track via Bandcamp.
Blaire show their Youth
Gold Coast four-piece Blaire have delivered a solid punk-gaze offering in the form of new track ‘Youth’, taking cues from shoegaze and punk greats. With vocals that channel Billy Corgan, driving guitar and punk and grunge elements, ‘Youth’ is a solid aural experience. The band has two more tracks following this one closely and we’ll be awaiting their arrival with eager ears. Listen via Soundcloud.
Banks of the Beautiful are Not Gonna Lie
Two-piece Banks of the Beautiful have released their second track ahead of forthcoming album ‘Unscheduled Departure’ due for release in coming months. Produced and mixed on a laptop in a parked car and mastered by Gold Coast legend Paul Blakey (Amy Shark) ‘Not Gonna Lie’ is a completely different offering to their debut single ‘Favourite’. Where the debut was an uptempo, electro-indie banger with a memorable chorus, ‘Not Gonna Lie’ is a slow-burner, building to an emotional and cinematic close. The contrast in tracks hints at an album that will hopefully be full of unpredictable yet polished songs. You can listen to both tracks via Spotify.
Mr Maybe for Rhea Robertson
Rhea Robertson released her first EP when she was just 16 – nearly 13 years ago – and she’s been busy exploring a bunch of creative projects since then. Last July she joined forces with Scotty French (Love Street Studios) to record ‘Pink & Gold’ which exceeded everyone’s expectations. ‘Mr Maybe’, is Rhea’s follow-up, also produced by Scotty French. It’s an ambient and sparse pop offering from the Gold Coast lady, which will be right at home on summer playlists. Check out ‘Mr Maybe’ on Spotify and stay tuned for the song’s epic girl gang music video with hip hop freestyle dancers directed by Jennifer Embelton.
New EP for Syrup, Go On
You probably haven’t heard anything like this from a Gold Coast band for a little while. Recorded at Griffith University Studios and co-produced and engineered by Jordan Bain (Leavings), Syrup Go On’s four-track EP includes a cover of ‘Waco’ by Violent Soho in their typical shoegaze / post-punk style. Title Track off the EP ‘Joyful Hesitation’, along with the other two songs on the record make for a solid shoegaze offering – one part lilting reflection, one part wailing guitar. Listen via syrupgoon.bandcamp.com.
Mick McHugh to unveil A Million Stars
He crowdfunded this album what feels like years ago but finally Mick McHugh’s new album is ready to be unleashed. ‘A Million Stars’ will launch publicly on Friday 16 February and Mick will celebrate its release with a musical soiree at Currumbin Pub on Saturday 3 March, after which he’ll work his way around Australia and then explore a tour to Ireland and Europe down the line. Tickets to the show at mickmchugh.com. Album available digitally from 16 February.
And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, high on rotation at Blank Gold Coast HQ at the moment, is:
‘Starving Me’ with “driving guitars… heavy drums… infectious melody”. Listen: soundcloud.com/crum_band;
‘Eucalyptus’ from new EP ‘Prescription Bugs’, a “track about feeling restricted by your own invention of who you want other people to see”. This entire heavy indie EP is full of grungy and sometimes discordant guitar riffs and maniacal choruses worthy of moshpits and festival scream-alongs. It’s on high rotation Blank HQ. Listen: hyperurl.co/13kmkd or catch them supporting Die! Die! Die!, Wharves and Horror My Friend at Shark Bar on 11 February