Wrap your ears around the fabulous Gold Coast tunes that our own Samantha Morris has curated for you. Coming soon to a March near you.
Stunning debut from Cooperr.
Graduating Griffith’s Bachelor Popular Music in 2016, Gold Coast’s Cooperr. has released an impressive debut in the form of EP ‘Running Wild’. We first heard lead single ‘When Will I Learn’ earlier in February and it’s a beautifully produced piece of neo pop. Just a weeks later, she’s now dropped the full EP and it’s another slick offering perfectly capturing the young artist’s catchy melodies, powerful lyrics and vocals. Cooperr. is definitely one to watch – especially given she’s been honing her songwriting skills since the age of eight. You can listen to ‘Running Wild’ on all the usual platforms.
When it comes to Being Jane Lane, Less is More
Being Jane Lane is an all-female punk band from Gold Coast / Brisbane. Having recently returned from an Australian tour with the VB Hard Yards competition, the ladies have unleashed second single ‘Less Is More’ off their much-anticipated debut album (it’s true, we’re very very eager to hear it) ‘Savage Sunday’. The sub-two-minute track takes no prisoners, with hard-driving and punchy riffs and a metallic tinge complemented by infectious punk-groan stylings. It’s fast and furious, perfectly capturing the five-piece’s existential angst and all-girl attitude. They’re fresh from supporting acts such as Alex Lahey, Waax, Raave Tapes and Tired Lion, so we’re expecting 2019 to be rather large for Being Jane Lane. ‘Less Is More’ is available to stream now.
sycloner are Lost and Found with new EP
It’s their second EP, yet the first time they’ve come across our radar. Hailing from Brisbane and Gold Coast, Sycloner is a collab between Peter Greasley (vocals) and Daniel Cunnington (guitar). Originally meeting as members of the band Dream Circle (BMG), Daniel and Peter reconnected in 2018 to develop sycloner’s indie-pop sound. You can hear the classical influence that Daniel brings to the duo in the first track on this EP and while the pair describe themselves as indie-pop, there’s all kinds of crazy (but wonderful) things going on in the following three tracks. There’s fuzzy indie with a driving beat as well as dreamy pop that showcases Peter’s focus on consistently producing electro-pop releases. It’s not often you hear something so unique and beautifully produced, and listening to this EP had me on the hunt for their first (which you can listen to via Bandcamp). You can also listen to ‘Lost and Found’ on Bandcamp, or via Spotify.
Boy From Mars out for Saint Barae
Riding the momentum of 2018 release ‘Remains’, Saint Barae has returned with another contribution to the world of synthpop with ‘Boy from Mars’. This new track has the artist make a leap from bedroom producer to self-proclaimed intergalactic pop-star. And he’s done OK moving in that direction too. ‘Boy from Mars’ sees an element of synth-funk-fusion combine with soulful disco of otherworldly proportions. It’s a happy and lighthearted vibe that will appeal to anyone wanting to shoot into the stratosphere on a technicolour rocket. Keep your ears peeled for ‘Boy From Mars’ when it launches into space on 5 March.
Wild Hearted bring original flavour to rock ‘n’ roll
With their classic surf guitar sound, it’s no wonder Wild Hearted have had their music included in surf clips. They’ve also been included in the soundtrack for the documentary about Gold Coast surf legend and former pro Guy Ormerod. Having years of experience in the live music scene, they’re passionate about building an audience for their original flavour of classic rock. There’s nothing delicate about Wild Hearted; it’s shameless, unabashed, punky-blues surf rock. With Shane Gillard on vocals alongside Shane Taylor (guitar), Andy Shrimpton (bass) and Peter Nicholas (drums), you can check out the band’s original song ‘Revival’ at their website wildheartedband.com and see them live at local venues like BBQ Bazaar. Keep your ears peeled for new music, too.
Licy Be returns with Grown
Teaming up with Anaru and Isaac Sherwood, Gold Coast rapper, poet and motivational speaker Licy Be has kicked off 2019 with new single ‘Grown’. In this track Licy highlights the issues around comparing yourself to others on social media. Licy has had a stellar couple of years, accruing more than 100,000 spins of her online videos and performing at the Opera House as a finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam. This new track is an electro-pop-rap number that sees Licy’s spoken word and rap layered over keys, punctuated with lazy beats and vocals provided by her collaborators. Listen now via Soundcloud and Spotify.
Phil Barlow is Waiting for You
Our bluesman-turned-troubadour has released a new single ‘Waiting for You’. The track has more than just a tinge of blues underlying its lovelorn lyrics and really sees Phil find his voice as a solo artist. You can watch the video on YouTube and listen to the song on Spotify.
Be Your Own Beautiful by Emmagen Rain
Emerging country star, Emmagen Rain, who hails from northern NSW, has released her debut track ‘Be Your Own Beautiful’. Written and recorded in Nashville, the song’s release comes on the back of Emmagen’s appearances at Buskers by the Creek and Gympie Muster. It’s the first important step in Emmagen’s recording journey and sees her merge country and pop in the youthful number. She’s already graced some of the biggest stages in the country, having won Nightquarter’s The Voice competition, Mullum Music Festival’s under 15s comp, and Tamworth Country Music Festival’s busking championship (aged just ten). It’s clear Emmagen has a long way to go. For now, you can check out her debut offering in all the usual places.
New collab from Brook Chivell and Natalie Pearson
Gold Coast’s Brook Chivell has teamed up with powerhouse country vocalist Natalie Pearson for a completely feel-good and summery country-pop number ‘I Wonder What You Kiss Like’. After touring together in 2017 it makes complete sense for Chivell and Pearson to work together on the track, penned by country faves Kaylee Bell and The Wolfe Brothers. The track is already making waves, debuting at #2 on the iTunes Country Music Charts and #31 on the overall charts. Both artists are unequivocal rising stars in the Australian country music scene and if you want to see them perform together you can do so at Southport RSL on 3 March at 5.00pm and 14 April at 1.00pm.
Black Rabbit George debuts Charles
The enigmatic Black Rabbit George (AKA Paul George) has released his debut album ‘Charles’. The album was created over several years while Paul was busy travelling with other projects with much of the music recorded in odd places – airbnbs, mate’s lounges, in vans and only occasionally in a studio. The album is a true reflection of Black Rabbit George’s transience as a perpetual traveller, with each song – some purely instrumental – bringing a slightly new direction, depth or tale to the musical table. The occasional synth and drum loop make an appearance as does Paul’s tinkering with the tracks. “In previous work I’ve shied away from anything too computerised,” he said, “but this time I had fun toying with the tracks.” ‘Charles’ is out now.
Emph N Treats deliver Message in the Sky
Gold Coast hip-hop duo Emph N Treats locked themselves away after their national tour last year and the result is shiny new track ‘Message in the Sky’. The only GC hip-hop act invited to perform at Shakafest alongside Bliss n Eso, Frenzal Rhomb and Last Dinosaurs, they’re passionate about putting Gold Coast hip-hop on the map and have been making waves in the underground Australian scene for years. Their new track ‘Message in the Sky’ is a catchy summer anthem with a feelgood vibe full of cooling energy perfect for countering this sweltering season. The song was produced by local producer Reeceponse and it’s out now on all the usual platforms.
Introducing Malina Claire
This voice won’t be completely unfamiliar to regular Blank readers. Previously recording under the moniker Emily Jane, the artist is now making music with a new sound and a new name. Malina Claire’s debut ‘Darling’ is a delicate pop number with soaring yet minimalist synths and atmospheric vulnerability. You can listen to ‘Darling’ now on Spotify.
Better Days for Casey Barnes
He’s announced a USA tour, nabbed the headliner spot for this year’s Gold Coast Music Awards LIVE show and has a new single to boot. ‘Better Day’s launches Casey Barnes into 2019 in a big way. It’s not a great deviation from Casey’s earlier work, full of Casey’s now signature catchy hooks and anthemic melodies, with plenty of live footage accompanying the song captured from live shows across the past year. The song is taken from Casey’s career defining album ‘The Good Life’ which has been streamed more than 2 million times on Spotify. Although, ever humble, Casey says the best is yet to come. Casey’s USA tour ‘Unleash the Beast’ sees him perform at major arena events in Kansas City, Missiouri and Sioux Falls in South Dakota. During that trip he’ll also return to Nashville and LA to begin the process of writing and recording his fourth studio album. If you want to see Casey locally between those international and big stage engagements, pop into Seagulls on Saturday 2 March, RSL Club Southport on 20 April, or on the main stage for Gold Coast Music Awards LIVE on Thursday 2 May.
Correction: in our last edition I incorrectly told you that Salt & Steel were making their debut with their single. They have released an EP before. Sorry for the error!
Header image: Malina Claire