Wrap your ears around these beauties curated by our own Samantha Morris.
Baltimore Gun Club tease new album
One of the best things about running a new music column is getting the first taste of new local music before anyone else. Not only does that give me serious bragging rights, it also gives me 3 minute bouts of ecstasy several times a week. Baltimore Gun Club are teasing a new album with a yet to be released track ‘My Day’s which I had the pleasure of listening to while writing this column. With a sing-along chorus and that age-old winning three-piece formula, ‘My Day’s allows every member of the band to shine: Psymon’s vocals (with all three piping up throughout the song), Hyrma’s bass and Ronnie’s drums deliver rock perfection in just over two minutes and if it’s any indication of the album that awaits, it’s reason to be very excited. Plans are still in the air around the song and album release dates, but I’ll stay on the band’s case. IMAGE (c) Peter Wheeler.
Being Jane Lane take the Next Step
Hitting airwaves from 28 September, ‘Next Step’, the new single from Being Jane Lane talks about… well… sex. There’s nothing shy and retiring about Being Jane Lane or their music. ‘Next Step’ begins exactly as it continues for its short and punchy 2:12 minutes: loud, fast and with wailing guitars. Having just won the VB Hard Yards competition in Queensland, which sees them hit the road to visit four cities in October and play alongside Alex Lahey, WAAX, Tired Lion and Raave Tapes, I suspect this is going to be another big few months for Gold Coast’s ladies of punk. ‘Next Step’ is out on Human Records now, with a new album full of infection punk and catchy melodic flair due soon. You can also catch ‘em live at Miami Shark Bar on 7 October.
Grow Old Together with Peter McFarlane
Well known local drummer Peter McFarlane has a new project on the go, and with it comes a brand new song. The new project sees Peter join forces with Greg Watts (guitar), Charles Longey (bass), Andrew Day (keys and Beth Hamilton (backing vocals) as McFarlanes Lantern with new song ‘Grow Old Together’ crosses over between country and blues and sees Peter taking on lead vocals alongside drums. It’s out now and available from all the usual outlets.
Eye The Wild drop two new singles
Not one, but two new tracks are out in the wild from Eye The Wild this month. The three-piece folk-rock band from the Gold Coast tell collective stories through their songs. Their sound is full of expressive lyrics and captivating vocals that roll over a swirl of intricate guitar riffs, punchy bass lines and groovy rhythms. Available now through all the usual retailers, the tracks ‘Can We Dance’ and ‘Emma’ are neither fast, nor punchy. Both slow burners show the band’s versatility, with moments of soft metal, folk vocals and strong musicality. Both tracks are out now.
Calan Mai drops XO
Calan Mai’s new song ‘XO’ is an absolute ear-worm and its accompanying video is both poignant and clever. The clip, premiered on Pop Dust last month, sees Calan and his team take over the home of a Gold Coast woman who generously offered it up as a set and stars Mackenzie Fearnley with shooting by Danielle Lomas and James Haigh (Amy Shark, Fairchild). Calan Mai’s previous track ‘Mountain Mountain’ has clocked up nearly 200,000 listens on Spotify (and another 100k+ on Soundcloud) and this new single ‘XO’ is expected to go the same way. It’s a folk ditty with classic storytelling and clever lyrics delivered over simple guitar and horn, hand-claps and a sing-along chorus. I’ve added the track to our Best of GC playlist on Spotify.
ImMature from Buffy Prescott
Buffy Prescott has dropped the second single from upcoming album ‘ImMature’. The track, titled ‘Better’ is a review of technology-dependent humanity’s perpetual devaluation and devolution. It takes a look at its contribution to anxiety and depress and acknowledges mortality and the fact that mistakes provide an opportunity to evolve. Big picture topics going down there. It’s Buffy’s own take on dad rap, harking back to the 80/90s rap scene with a decent dose of 80s punk. The record is a concept album delivering societal critique through the eys of a new parent and was mastered at Studios 301 by Steve Smart. ‘ImMature’ is out 28 September via MGM with release launch at Vinnie’s Friday 2 November. ‘Better’, with its poignant and clever lyrics is out now.
Public Fish Cakes
CAKES exploded onto the local music scene this year. As well as a tranche of memorable local gigs, the duo also supported WAAX, Amyl & The Sniffers and Tired Lion. They’ve only been gigging since April 2017 and in the year after had already clocked up more than 22 gigs and amassed legions of fans across the city. Their 2017 EP ‘Prescription Bugs’ received a heap of praise – both from within the music industry and from dedicated fans and now they’ve got another feather in their cap. New track ‘Public Fish’ sees the band take a full DIY approach; recording, mixing and mastering the song themselves, not that you can tell. It’s amazing what these guys deliver as a two-piece. Sunny vocals, heavy guitars and speedy beats. ‘Public Fish’ is out now and is the first single off a double A-side 7” due later this year.
Licy Be: on a mission to Be The Change
Devoted rapper, poet, motivational speaker, suicide prevention and mental health awareness advocate – Licy Be is a an artist on a mission. Hailing from New Zealand, formerly from Perth and now based on the Gold Coast, Licy (pronounced Leecy for you non-kiwis) has teamed up with fellow Kiwi CASS and UK producer WYLD to deliver new single ‘Be The Change’. The song shines a light on making a stand for suicide prevention. 2017 saw the release of Licy’s debut album Beautifully Broken which was introduced with shows across Australia and New Zealand along with a maiden tour of the United States. While the album cracked the top 25 on the Australian iTunes chart, lead single One Life peaked inside the top 10, an impressive feat from an emerging independent artist. ‘Be The Change’ was released 10 September (World Suicide Prevention Day) and you can listen via all the usual outlets.
Introducing Locashen with Riding Bikes
16yo Locashen has just released his debut single ‘Riding Bikes’ with the video premiering over at the Blank GC website last week. Co-written and produced by Matt Grey, ‘Riding Bikes’ is a sunny track with simple lyrics, bordering on loungetronica in terms of genre. The video showcases local scenes from Tallebudgera Creek and Mermaid Beach which mirror his memories of growing up on the Gold Coast – favourite coffee hangouts and beautiful weather.
Casey Barnes releases ballad Set Sail
Riding the wave of success on a string of highly successful singles in 2018, the monumental year continues for Golden Guitar Finalist Casey Barnes with the release of a sincere, deeply heartfelt ballad ‘Set Sail’. Casey says it’s the one song on the album ‘The Good Life’ (which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country Charts) that basically wrote itself. It touches on a topic most people can relate to: losing a loved one and the emotional roller coaster that ensues. Casey’s album ‘The Good Life’ featuring the brand new single ‘Set Sail’ is out now.
ELSKA drops debut single ‘Boy’
It feels like it’s been a long time coming, but Elska’s debut single ‘Boy’ has finally been released. And announcing herself to the world is not something that this Gold Coast solo artist takes a backseat to. Prior to the song’s release she’d already recorded in the UK, delivered a TEDx Talk, snagged a RADF Council grant, produced a documentary, announced a very unique library tour and scored a both a showcase set and film screening at Australian Music Week. And her music is as unique as her arrival on the scene. Combining the harp with a loop pedal, Elska is anything but predictable. ‘Boy’ has a cheeky pop element, sweet lyrics and a story about finding love in unusual ways. The single and documentary are out now and will be followed in October by the Heart + Harp: Library Tour which sees Elska literally tour libraries with her music and film. Stay tuned for dates and locations and listen to ‘Boy’ now through all the usual outlets, including the Gold Coast spotify playlist at bit.ly/GCplaylist.
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