Wrap your ears around the delectable Gold Coast tunes that our own Samantha Morris has curated for you this fine February.
Sunset City Forget it All
Summer sounds abound in Sunset City’s new track ‘Forget It All’, which features the vocals of ARIA Award-winner Samantha Jade. The song is no doubt destined for mainstream success, with the backing of Sony and serious radio-friendly pop vibes layered over a catchy chorus and plenty of “owoooos”. The Gold Coast three-piece, comprising Parker Rose (vocals), Rob Johnson (bass) and Matt Scully (guitar) have built a strong local following and gained much interest in their music since their previous single ‘Pockets’ debuted in June. ‘Forget it All’ is out now via all the usual outlets.
Gold Coast musician Tyla has come out of the blocks in spectacular fashion, with debut single ‘Pages’. Hailing from Townsville, but now calling the Gold Coast home, this 22 year old has produced a dreamy electro-pop number which showcases a strong voice and lyrics as well as a real talent for songwriting. She says the song captures the feeling of moving away from home at just 17 and finding herself facing life’s obstacles with no one to guide her. She instead found comfort in the pages she’d write her lyrics on. For now, you can listen to ‘Pages’ on triple j Unearthed and stay tuned for details on what’s to come for Tyla.
Unfair release for Phoebe Sinclair
Phoebe Sinclair is kicking off 2019 the best way possible. With new music. ‘Unfair’ is her first solo release in more than two years and it follows in the footsteps of previous releases, reinforcing her position as queen of the sanger (the sad banger). The production on ‘Unfair’ is flawless. With soaring and captivating vocals, punctuated by synth, mildly intoxicating beats and the woeful refrain about life being unfair, this track is equal parts addictive and hypnotic. We love Phoebe’s recorded songs, but we also know that it’s her live performances which really win people over. ‘Unfair’ is out 8 February and keep your eyes glued to the Gold Coast gig guide for upcoming dates.
Awake In Time’s Reckless release
Gold Coast’s Awake In Time have released their debut single ‘Reckless’. Equal parts heavy and melodic, the track – which was released late in 2018 – gives a taste of the band’s unique approach to what is often a predictable genre. There’s no question these guys hold their own against some of the city’s more established metal and hardcore acts and given this is their first single, it’s exciting to think about what might come next…. the good news being we don’t have to wait long to find out. They’re currently putting finishing touches on their debut EP and they’ve got a headline show booked for Currumbin Creek Tavern, 8 March. In the meantime you can listen to ‘Reckless’ via triple j Unearthed.
Somebody to Love for Jase Lansky
Gold Coast’s rising country star Jase Lansky has released the sixth single off award-winning Nashville-recorded album ‘Rip It Up’. ‘Somebody to Love’ reflects on the darkness that hides behind some people’s smiles. It’s a classic country song, with classic country guitar, likely to have wide appeal. “’Somebody to Love’ is a call out to anybody and everybody that grapples with self-worth,” Jase said. The song is out now.
Tesla Coils are back and Dinosynth is here
It’s been a while between drinks for Gold Coast’s dark synth duo Tesla Coils, but they’re back with a new song and a new lease on life. ‘Dinosynth’ which is out now will be familiar to those who’ve been to a Tesla Coils show – a veritable crowd favourite, the track showcases Jed Walters’ penchant for analog electronics alongside Chris Dennis’ hard-hitting robo-drumming ability. The song, an anthem for “sci-fi lovers and people who suffer loneliness alike” is a grinding industrial yet whimsical exploration of music, space and reptilian fantasy. “I want you to imagine it was tracked in 1984 in a loft apartment overlooking Kreuzberg, on a tape machine that’s been left out in the sun a bit too long,” Jed says, introducing the song. The single follows a productive two years for Gold Coast’s Tesla Coils, having won a GC Music Award for Breakout Artist of the Year in 2017 followed by appearances at BIGSOUND, Dead of Winter and Wallapalooza as well as several events at HOTA, Home of the Arts. You can hear ‘Dinosynth’ alongside all your old favourites when Tesla Coils hit elsewhere on 8 February. They’ll be joined by Hot Coffee and Lotus Ship.
Pure Milk delivers indie-rock vibe in I Know (Thank You)
Moving from indie-punk to indie-rock, Pure Milk have kicked off 2019 with new track ‘I Know (Thank You)’. Featuring the unique and somewhat lo-fi vocals of Lewis Nitschinsk (which in no way detract from this song), ‘I Know (Thank You)’ is a simple indie offering, with serious earworm tendencies. It sees poignant lyrical wordplay at its core and the band’s approach to DIY music is obvious and adds strength to the depth of the musicality on show. The track is out 8 February.
Serial Killer Dinner Party EP is go
Gold Coast four-piece Serial Killer Dinner Party quietly launched their new EP ‘I Know, That You Know, That You Need It’ in November last year, but it’s worthy of much more fanfare than it received. The four-track release deftly demonstrates the band’s high energy alt-punk sensibilities with chunky and oft-melodic guitar riffs as well as catchy lyrics and mosh-worthy choruses. These guys could well be your new favourite band. Tight, well-recorded, punkalicious tunes, direct from the Gold Coast. What’s not to love? You can catch them at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, 23 March alongside Friends With The Enemy, Flangipanis, Unbroken Shore and Tokyo Beef.
Sunrose unveil Too High to Say Hello
Byron’s psychlords Sunrose (pictured) have returned with a new piece of music to soundtrack the coastal days of summer. And it literally does that with birdsong, as well as jazzed up lounge vibes at its opening. ‘Too High to Say Hello’ is dripping with glistening guitar, textured sounds and enigmatic vocals. The track follows on from the release of the band’s ‘Strawberry Wine’ EP last year and is the first taste of an upcoming EP, which will no doubt consolidate Sunrose’s potential to develop cult-like status over coming years. The song is out now via all the usual outlets.
YT Dingo returns with the Thrill of the Chase
Travers Ross, AKA YT Dingo has returned with the second installation of his audio-visual trilogy, encapsulating sound, movement, song and all the feels in their rawest form. Musically and visually the song and its video show a love for Aboriginal culture, including three Indigenous actors / dancers in its production and set in the sublime Gumbaynggirr outback. The release comes on the back of YT Dingo’s debut with ‘Shipwrecked’ but continues the visual journey, with simply stunning imagery combined with a slick mix of contemporary and traditional dance as well as beats which cross over between rock, hip-hop and pop. You can check ‘Thrill of the Chase’ out now via YouTube.
Violet Skies for Salt and Steel
Bohemian duo Salt and Steel (Briony Edgar and Elle Steel) have just released a new single. ‘Violet Skies’ is a rollicking aural journey with layers of percussion and earthly roots and according to the pair it’s inspired by the power of a storm as well as the significance of breath. It’s the first of four interlinked singles to be released this year, following an elemental theme: earth, air, water and fire. Working with Brad Hosking (Blind Boy Studios), the women were able to explore new sounds and instrumentation, generating a real atmospheric quality to the track. The second in the series is due for release in May. ‘Violet Skies’ is out from 8 February.
Felicity Lawless releases Raven Song
It’s been a while between songs for Felicity Lawless, but she’s back and her firebrand of folksy flamenco beats is at the forefront. ‘Raven Song’ is the first taste of Felicity’s upcoming album, recorded at Lovestreet Studios. The stunning video clip that accompanies the song, directed by Polly Armstrong with camera work and editing by Justin Smith, was filmed around Felicity’s home and features Felicity’s best friend Bjorkee. “It represents my daily routine with my best friend,” she said. “Every day I walk through these magic places, dance in my magic and carry that energy in my music and to my shows.” ‘Raven Song’ is out now.