New Gold Coast music: June 2019

Eliza and the Delusionals do more than just exist

Recently signed to Cooking Vinyl, local rockers Eliza and the Delusionals continue their trajectory with the release of new track ‘Just Exist’. Another perfect slice of indie rock, with enigmatic frontwoman Eliza Klatt wielding powerful vocals and wailing guitar, ‘Just Exist’ continues the band’s steady rise through Australian music ranks. It really seems like Eliza and the Delusionals can do no wrong right now – with a solid roster of headlining and support gigs as well as killer tracks connecting with large audiences, these darlings of the local scene are destined for big things.

The Oogars unveil screamy video

Channelling surf rockers from days of yore, The Oogers (pictured) are winning over hearts and minds at a rapid rate. Their blend of dreamy harmonies and psych-surf-guitar oozes confidence and maturity belying the fact that they’ve only released one song. They’ve honed an energetic live show and already clocked up massive supports for acts like Donny Beney and New York’s BOYTOY and that was all despite not having an official release until ‘Scream’. And it’s that track that they’ve just released a video for. It features real 8mm shots as well as digital fills capturing the fun, energetic and carefree message conveyed in the track. Watch these ladies, they’re headed for big stages in the next year or so.

Pure Milk delivers ode to Palmy

Latest single from five-piece Pure Milk is a socially-conscious ode to one of the Gold Coast’s prettiest and grittiest suburbs – Palm Beach. With indie garage rock, stilted punky guitars and a healthy dose of youthful exuberance, ‘Palm Beach’ is one part indie rock, one part slacker rock. We’re loving the sound these guys are making and their DIY ethic to creating music. ‘Palm Beach’ is out now.

Hello, from Banks of the Beautiful

Lou Star with her partner in crime Guy Cooper, have released another pretty pop track in the form of ‘Hello’. The duo, who make up Banks of the Beautiful, released ‘Hello’ just prior to joining acts like Jebediah and The Living End on the Surfers Paradise LIVE lineup in May. Lou is the queen of power pop, balancing her music endeavours while running her own mobile coffee van here on the GC. ‘Hello’ is a rollicking poptastic tune, destined to be an earworm. It’s out now.

Straight into your arms for Super Nudist with EP on the way

Four-piece Super Nudist have released ‘Straight Into Your Arms’, a melodic rock number, showing maturity both lyrically and musically with a touch of Death Cab for Cutie vibes for good measure. They’re just been in the studio ready to launch their EP in late June and if this lead track ‘Straight Into Your Arms’ is anything to go by, it’s bound to be a corker. Super Nudist are performing at Currumbin Pub on 31 May alongside Anarchy Hearts.

Scuzzy punk lords drop massive debut album

Radolescent are by far one of the most hyped Gold Coast bands of 2019 and for good reason. After recently tuning heads with their high energy live show at the Gold Coast Music Awards afterparty the band have continued to dazzle with the release of their excellent debut album ‘Prehab’. The record was co-produced by two legends of the local scene Mark Duckworth and Brad Hoskings before being sent to Dan Walker at Submarine Studios in New York for mixing and mastering. The all-star team behind the recording process did a great job of leaving the band’s raw sound intact, still keeping them a little rough around the edges as a scuzzy punk rock band like Radolescent should be kept. Track two ‘The Other Side’ is a brutal, riff-heavy ode to the “Save Our Spit” movement featuring an audio grab from a protest chant. Another album highlight ‘406; brings some vocal pop sensibilities into the mix while the fast paced ‘Locked Up’ is a classic punk chant about having a loose house party. It’s safe to say that ‘Prehab’ is all killer no filler. You can catch them killing it on stage, 28 June at The Northern in Byron.

Atticus Chimps will tear you a new one

Gold Coast’s loudest two-piece Atticus Chimps have turned it up to 11 once again with the huge sounding latest single ‘Your Direction’. Riffing distorted guitars, mean sounding drums and gravelly vocals set the scene for this head banger as it charges along channelling 90’s grunge to a tee. It’s the type of track that would fit seamlessly onto an early Silverchair album. There’s no prize for guessing that Atticus Chimps really shine in a live setting.

Amela channels Bosnian roots

Amela has been a fixture amongst the local music scene for a number of years, playing in several different bands and performing her own solo material. The 2017 release of album ‘Somewhere In Between’ solidified her as a prominent figure within local indie-pop circles after it received critical acclaim and national radio play. However, Amela’s latest offering ‘Slow Motion’ takes a completely different direction. Channelling her Bosnian heritage the songstress trades acoustic guitar and piano for electronic effects and a Turkish nay flute. ‘Slow Motion’ was originally written as part of a world music compilation project called Music Masala hosted by Brisbane’s Radio 4EB, a station that celebrates local ethnic musicians and cultures. It also coincided with Amela joining Brisbane-based Bosnian folk band ‘Cardak’. Although this musical change is very different for Amela, there is one thing that remains consistent, her distinct vocals and her ability to write an extremely catchy song.

New live video for Leopold’s Treat

Gold Coast folk favourites Leopold’s Treat have released a new video, capturing a live performance of their song ‘Children of the Sun’. It’s a beautiful video, filmed by James Wills (Shots Fired By James Wills) at a community gathering the band pulled together at Providence Farm Hall in Beechmont.  It’s the first of two clips produced from the event. You can check it out on Youtube.

What goes down the cosmic drain?

Syrup, Go On’s new track ‘Don’t Go (Riding Down The Cosmic Drain)’ is even more wonderful and multi-layered than its title. The rich production and beautiful harmonies stand out straight away as the song takes the listener on a real cosmic journey, reminiscent of something The Flaming Lips would release or a Tame Impala track. Frontpeople Liz Dick and Tom Briese have nailed their vocal sound on this one, singing together while showcasing both voices in a shoegaze version of an Angus and Julia Stone hit. ‘Don’t Go (Riding Down The Cosmic Drain)’ is the first single from the band’s forthcoming self-produced album which is set for release in June. Check the band’s socials for upcoming album tour details and while you’re there take a look at the video for this track, it will definitely take you riding down the cosmic drain.

Big in Japan 

Horns to the sky! Charlie Rebel have released their heavily anticipated debut album ‘The People’s Republic Of Earth’ and it’s a beauty. Recorded at Serotonin Studios with local music champion Guy Cooper (who doubles as the band’s bass player) the album is a fast-paced onslaught of punk, ska and anti-establishment themes. In true punk style the ten-track record gets the job done in just over 30 minutes. Highlights include the opener ‘Painted Numbers’, the NOFX inspired ‘You Know’ and the Greenday-esque throwback ‘Kid’. If you were in Japan in May you would have caught Charlie Rebel on their 12-date tour of the country, a place where they’ve cultivated quite the hardcore following with their high-energy live shows. Check out charlierebel.com for more info on the album and upcoming Gold Coast tour dates.

Hot Coffee pave their own way

Hot Coffee don’t seem to be following any Gold Coast music scene trends with their new single ‘Elephant In The Room’. The track offers a refreshing break from the typical fuzzed-out guitars and sun-kissed psych rock that the GC is becoming known for, bringing a unique blend of hip-hop influenced electronica to our sandy shores. The track’s simple, glitchy beat is layered with an oriental style synth hook and free-flowing vocal parts; an unlikely but super effective mix of sounds. Part of a recent project called ‘one day songs,’ where the band produced and released multiple tracks in a single day ‘Elephant In The Room’ oozes spontaneity and has a real effortless feel to it.

A band to keep your third eye on

Girl and Girl have certainly made an impact with their first official single ‘Zachariah’s Third Eye’. The track bursts into action after three quick drum hits demanding you drop everything and listen. Their sound has been described as “70s Aussie rock meets David Bowie”, meet that again with current Melbourne band Flowertruck and you have yourself a vague etching of what these guys are all about. Their raucous live show is led by charismatic front man Kai James, backed by his Aunty Liss pounding away on the drums and completed by brothers Jayden and Coby Williams on lead guitar and bass respectively. ‘Zachariah’s Third Eye’ was said to have been written in a matter of minutes in Kai James’s kitchen. Keep an eye on the band’s social media accounts to see what else is cooking.

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