Seems that winter on the Gold Coast is the perfect time to unleash new music on unsuspecting ears. And we’ve unearthed the cream of the crop for your listening pleasure – with everything from folk to anthemic rock and all those quirky genres in between. And if you’re too lazy to click on every link, we’ve created a handy playlist of the best of the Gold Coast for ya.
Hammers announce debut EP, release new track
Northern Rivers / South East QLD band Hammers have just announced that their debut EP ‘Homeblokes’ will be released on 22 June, and to celebrate they have just today unleashed a new single and video. Following on from the release of their single ‘Dead Set’ (which was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards), the Hammers boys are back with a new clip for ‘Speak of the Devil’, once again shot and directed by Colin Jeffs. It’s a cracker. They’ve also announced a release date for their debut EP ‘Homeblokes’. It’s out 22 June but you can pre-order now! Follow the lads at facebook.com/HammersOfficial.
Loose Leaf release Crowd Pleaser
On the back of debut single ‘Depth Perception’, new GC outfit Loose Leaf – the long-desired project of Rory Switzer (Yes Sir Noceur) – return with a second track ahead of their debut EP due July. The new song sets out with a dash of soul, showcasing sweeping melodies and a chorus with serious ear-worm tendencies – both catchy and funked up. Loose Leaf are at Miami Shark Bar on Saturday 7 July. You can hear ‘Crowd Pleaser’ via Spotify and triple j Unearthed.
Taylor unleash Little Tornado
The destructive nature of love is under the microscope in a new track from Taylor out on 8 June. ‘Little Tornado’, the first single off an upcoming EP due is a sparse track with a focus on raw and earnest songwriting and delivery. The band worked with George Carpenter to record the song live to tape as some of the greatest recordings of all time have been, and the track will be pressed to vinyl on the forthcoming EP. The single ‘Little Tornado’ will be launched at Nightquarter on Friday 27 July.
Scarlet Kill drop anthemic Warriors
Gold Coast three-piece pop punk outfit Scarlett Kill have released a new single, produced by ARIA-nominated producer Stuart Stuart. The accompanying ‘Warriors’ video includes stunning Japanese visuals with the song evoking messages of the slow grind to the top. Brothers Will, Matt and Mitch Tyler have been seeking ‘their sound’ over recent tracks, experimenting across a bunch of sub-genres and they feel that ‘Warriors’ has hit their sweet spot. Stream at all the usual spots or check the video via Youtube.
Emily Jane behind closed doors
Gold Coast indie-folk artist Emily Jane is still studying a Bachelor of Popular Music at Griffith University but is already kicking goals. Included in the SEED program’s compilation album for 2018 and scoring radio play for her single ‘Behind Closed Doors’, she’s now got a three-track EP in the wings, due for premiere via Happy Mag on 4 June. The EP tackles social issues around violence in the home, toxic relationships, alcoholism and loneliness – all big issues for a 20 year old troubadour. While only three tracks in length, the EP takes listeners on a sonic journey with simple vocals and layered electric guitar through strings, harmonies and piano. Her live show charts a similar course. When she performs at the SEED album launch at Nightquarter on 8 and 15 June, she’ll debut her band with Isabella Leon (cello), Gabrielle Kerr (violin), Zak Muller (drums) and Tiahn Berg (keys) joining her on stage. You can stream the EP on Bandcamp from 4 June.
Turner returns with Wander
Matt Turner has spent most of the past decade thrashing out brash songs behind a drum kit. But now the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has made his solo debut with the release of the single ‘Wander’. The track sees Turner – a young but seasoned performer – armed with just an acoustic guitar as well as raw, heartfelt vocals. There’s a touch of melancholy as well as uplifting contemplations of life, love and loss in the track with a nod to Tolkien: “not all who wander are lost.” You can listen via all the usual streaming channels.
McKenzie are Living for the Moment
Newcomers McKenzie may have only just released their debut single, but they’ve slowly been earning their stripes as well as fans right across the State. The track ‘Living for the moment’, which was released two months ago, introduces us to brothers Nick and Jordan Beech as well as mates Jarrah Lange and Aidan Schilling who formed the band in SA’s Riverland before relocating to the Gold Coast. The track is a classic pop rock offering formed out of family tragedy and sees the four-piece move from their cover-band roots into new territory. You can listen via Spotify.
Peach Fur hit the road with Doreen Drive
Gold Coast four piece Peach Fur have already captivated music lovers with their psychedelic rock tunes and brash live show. Reaching over 1.3 million Spotify streams and more than 30k monthly listeners on their last EP ‘Pleasures and Necessities’. Peach Fur have expertly mixed the delectable flavours of rock ‘n’ roll with a funky fusion of reggae and psych surf vibes on their new seven-track wonder ‘Doreen Drive’. And with that release comes an east coast tour. Peach Fur kick off the tour at Lennox Groove in June and wrap it all up in Adelaide in August. And of course their treasured Gold Coast fans get some love. They’ll hit Miami Shark Bar on Saturday 16 June, elsewhere on Friday 6 July and Snooker World on Saturday 11 August.
Electric Zebra drop Escalator
2017 was kind to Electric Zebra. Supporting Cloud Nothings, Screamfeeder and Horror My Friend, and placing in 4ZZZ’s Hot 100 for the second year running, it really seemed like this hard-working outfit hit its stride. With no PR label, manager or agents, the young band hit the recording studio with producer Darek Mudge (Screamfeeder) to give birth to ‘Escalator’ – a song which clearly shows the band’s sound maturing. They took extra production and mixing into their own hands this time too, allowing them to add layers of guitar and vocals from home. As a result ‘Escalator’ treads some new sonic territory, whilc staying true to Electric Zebra’s alt-rock sound. They’re touring in May, so keep your eyes peeled, and turn your ears to Spotify to take in the new song.
Desire for Høt Coffee
What started as a jam turned into something much deeper for avant-garde duo Høt Coffee, who hit the Gold Coast scene in late 2016. Filled with electro-indie beats and laced with American-influenced r’n’b, Matt Hansford and Wade de Souza combined their diverse tastes in music to bring deep tones, lively spice and sweet acidity to their music. New track ‘Desire’ delivers deep beats, catchy r’n’b vocals and a simple layering of sounds, which results in a song which will be just as home on radio as it will be on a late night playlist. They’re live at Currumbin Pub 1 June supporting Machine Club.
Twelve Past Midnight
Soaring indie-rock is at the heart of Twelve Past Midnight’s new single ‘Daffodils & Absinthe’. Piecing together influences from acts like The 1975, Catfish and the Botlement and Gang of Youths, this Gold Coast / Brisbane act is blowing up local venues and last year showcased at Little BIGSOUND. They’ve just returned from tour, where they took their electric live show to a bunch of new audiences. Listen to ‘Daffodils & Absinthe’ via Bandcamp or Spotify.
New Tide for Matthew Armitage
You’ll remember we wrote about Matthew Armitage’s single ‘Love from Afar’, the boot-thumping, blues track left a lasting impression, so we’re stoked to hear the news that the artist will release his debut album ‘New Tide’ in June. The songs on ‘New Tide’ were recorded by Armitage using his live set up of an acoustic nylon string guitar, vocals and foot-stomp percussion. The result is an incredibly full sound with stark elements that capture the authenticity of recording core elements live and later overdubbing only electric guitars, harmony vocals additional percussion and some keys. Matthew is on tour with Pete Murray through June, July and August and the album ‘New Tide’ is available from 8 June. The official album launch is at Maverick Art Space in Coolangatta on 16 June. More at matthewarmitage.com.
Driven Fear unleash My Rhythm Sense
You know it’s going to be a good month when it kicks off with new hardcore sounds from one of the city’s best metal outfits. Driven Fear – who showcased live at BIGSOUND last year and scored a finalist berth in the Gold Coast Music Awards – have delivered a new single and video in ‘My Rhythm Sense’. Vocalist Tim Hyde said the song was originally about capturing the role hardcore and punk music has in improving mental health and keeping people together as musicians and friends. But that the notion changed part way through the writing process… “we all have another sense that goes somewhat unrecognized, typically speaking a rhythm sense.” The accompanying video, filmed on a dirt road cutting through a sugarcane plantation being burned is simply stunning. You can listen to the track, which was recorded at Core Studios by Nik Carpenter on Spotify and watch the new video, which was produced by Collin Jeffs Media on Youtube.
Amy Shark: I Said Hi
It’s already been streamed more than five million times times, had commercial airplay and racked up oodles of positive reviews, not to mention being certified GOLD. Yeah, it was highly anticipated, that’s for sure. Amy Shark’s new track ‘I Said Hi’ off her upcoming album is a solid pop offering that cements Amy’s position as one of Australia’s fastest rising stars. The new album ‘Love Monster’, due for release in July is available for pre-order now and includes a free download of both the new track ‘I Said Hi’ and Amy’s breakout banger ‘Adore’. Win-win. She’s also announced an Australian tour with a sneaky ticketed Nightquarter show on Sunday 8 September. Pre-order the album or stream the new track on Spotify.
Nobody for The Ruiins
Gold Coast via NSW North Coast duo The Ruiins have released their debut EP ‘Nobody’ following the release of two earlier singles off the record. They’ve been performing and writing music for the past two years gracing stages such as Falls, Grow Your Own and Caloundra Music Festival and amassing fans along the way. Govinda Doyle has worked his magic on the EP, which takes punters on a listening journey full of explosive instrumentals, driving guitars and melodic foot-stomping. You can listen to the full EP on Spotify.
Donny Love release Sensation
Donny Love have developed close to a cult following on the Gold Coast, so we’re expecting their album launch at elsewhere in June to sell out and for all kinds of shenanigans to unfold. Their debut LP ‘Sensation’ which is out now is hard to describe – and I think the band likes it that way. We’ve reviewed it in full in this here magazine, and you can get your ears around the single ‘Dysfunctional Lovers’ which comes off the EP while you read it and then you can sort your tickets for the launch on 8 June.
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