Some big tunes on the horizon for Gold Coast acts. Banks of the Beautiful, Cheap Fakes, Clawmachine, Eliza and the Delusionals, The Ruiins, Blood of the Lanisters and Hussy Hicks have all got tasty new treats for your earholes.
Favourite debut for Banks of the Beautiful
Electronic-retro-pop duo have released their debut single ahead of forthcoming album ‘Unscheduled Departure’.
The single ‘Favourite’ showcases a unique sound that includes elements of 80s era hip-hop with a relentless ear-worm chorus, throwback handclaps and heartfelt lyrics over luscious layers of electro-pop. Produced and mixed on a laptop in a parked car and mastered by GC legend Paul Blakey (Amy Shark), the song is scheduled for release via all the usual retail outlets on 3 November.
Check out the wonderful video:
Love starts a war for The Ruiins
According to triple j’s Dave Ruby How, The Ruiins’ new single ‘Love Can Start a War’ has classic written all over it. The first single off their debut EP – due later in the year – ‘Love Can Start a War’ was recorded with Govinda Doyle (Angus & Julia Stone) in his home studio in Northern NSW. This fresh offering from the humble pair is drenched in everything summer. “The guitar riff is silky smooth, which coupled with the powerful and sweet chorus is sure to be stuck in your head in no time”, says guitarist Pat Sugden. The single is out now.
clawmachine drops ‘Notion’
Dylan Lindquist is the producer behind Gold Coast outfit clawmachine and his latest release ‘Notion’ continues to deliver on clawmachine’s psychedelically sweet, cake-pop sounds…. With a touch of velvety reverb and spattering drum beats. A grittier bass creates space for the vivid atmospheric elements to flourish and the track is a colourful embodiment of simple, unwavering pleasure. All made within the confines of Dylan’s “shitty bedroom studio”. clawmachine will perform at Mandala Collective, 10 November and Miami Shark Bar 18 November and you can listen to ‘Notion’ on all the digital outlets.
Eliza & the Delusionals (pictured) release, ‘The Deeper End’
A collection of coming of age tales, ‘The Deeper End’ EP sees the Gold Coast four-piece delve deeper into their 90s influences and experiment further with signature fuzzy guitar tones and catchy-as-all-hell hooks. The five exuberant tracks on this EP journey through the trials and tribulations of growing up and entering adulthood and the impact of these formative years on personal relationships. ‘The Deeper End’ is out Friday 27 October and the band hit the road with a six-date east coast tour through November.
Cheap Fakes: new single, new tour
Brass-fueled funk ska pop lords, Cheap Fakes are hitting the road to celebrate the release of their new single ‘Sisters’, out 3 November. Playing a mix of festivals and classic venues like Lefty’s and Beach Hotel, the tour runs through November and December, wrapping up at Gold Coast’s own Mo’s Desert Clubhouse on 9 December.
Blood of the Lannisters get beheaded
Sharpen your axes, Gold Coast metal band Blood of the Lannisters have released their debut EP ‘Beheaded’. Opening with the debut single ‘The Cretin’, a thrashy and satirical polemic on politics, the EP goes on to combine hardcore, cross-over, power groove and death metal elements over six tracks. The unorthodox three-piece will be trotting out the new songs via live shows in late 2017 / early 2018. But in the meantime you can hunt down the tracks at bloodofthelannisters.bandcamp.com
On the Boundaries with Hussy Hicks
While we await the Hussy Hicks much-anticipated new album, a collaboration with Raphael White titled ‘On the Boundaries’, we caught up with Julz Parker in the USA. You can read the interview in this magazine. Raw, honest and talented, the Hussy Hicks are dab hands at channelling styles as diverse as jazz, blues, folk, rock, and world music into their own inimitable sound. While calling the Gold Coast home, the girls have an ever-burgeoning fan base far and wide and are seasoned world travellers, having performed and recorded throughout the USA and Europe for a number of years. New album ‘On the Boundaries’ is due for release 10 November, but if you pop here we have an exclusive pre-release stream for you to get your ears around.
Soundbar Sessions captures city’s thriving music scene
A new series of music videos will showcase Gold Coast’s rich musical talent by shining a light on the musicians, bands and venues that support a flourishing live music scene. Being exclusively released over ten weeks through Blank Gold Coast, the 2017 series of videos captures performances by acts such as Electrik Lemonade, Yes Sir Noceur (pictured, (c) Lamp Photography), James Street Preachers, Cheap Fakes, Tesla Coils and Phoebe Sinclair live at venues across the city. Award-winning venues Soundlounge and NightQuarter are included as locations, alongside outdoor spaces such as Southport CBD, Seaside Sounds at Burleigh, Live at Bond and even Beatniks Record Store at Broadbeach. The project, driven by City of Gold Coast, is designed to support the city’s music sector by increasing the profile of home grown musicians and embracing the potential to connect with industry and new audiences through quality digital content. The series of ten videos offers a unique insight into the depth of live music talent that the Gold Coast has to offer, week in, week out, and invites musicians and music lovers from across the country and the world to discover a new playground for great live music. Check out ‘Blank GC’ on Youtube for the videos as they’re released.
Blood Whispers video by Nowhere Else
Gold Coast band Nowhere Else formed in 2014 and are easily recognised by the powerful vocals of front woman Jodie Maloney. 2016 saw the band release a self-titled EP through MGM followed by extensive touring of Australia and Japan. Their music is a blend of guitar-driven alt-rock fronted by powerhouse vocals and last year’s EP was the culmination of a year’s work with producer Eric Coelho (Wolfmother, Melbourne Ska Orchestra). Nowhere Else have quickly established a loyal fan base here on the Gold Coast and further afield with solid riffs, surf-style rock, an impeccable rhythm section, and Jodie’s formidable vocal talents all rolled up into a high energy live performance. New fans and old will be happy to hear that Nowhere Else are back, with a new single and brand spanking video to accompany it. Check the interview and video here.
Header image (c) Lamp Photography