Not a week goes without new music from the Gold Coast. Sometimes it’s hard to stay across it all. But here’s a bunch of tunes that have come across our desk in the past week, we want to make sure you hear.
The Ruiins | It is You
The Ruiins release their second single of 2016, following hot on the heels of Eventually. The new track It is You is the result of the two-piece working with producer Sean Cook (Big Scary’s Vacation) and showcases Adam Dooker and Pat Sugden’s raw blues and vintage rock sounds. They’ve left a lasting impression on many Blank ears already and if their recordings tickle your fancy you’re in luck because you can see them twice over the next two weekends: Sunday 29 May supporting Little May at Miami Marketta and then part of a triple-header lineup at elsewhere alongside Th’Fika and Aquila Young. Listen to It is You via the band’s Soundcloud.
The Goldhearts | The Rise & Fall of The Goldhearts
If female-led indie bands of the 90s are your kind of thing (like they are mine), The Goldhearts (pictured) just might be your new favourite band. The Rise and Fall of The Goldhearts is the four-piece’s debut album. Intending to record just a few songs, local producer Govinda Doyle gently coaxed Margy from backing to lead vocals and the result is pretty damn special. Add ex-Brisbane mates Tracey Kick (Dream Poppies), Claire Harris (Razel, Dream Poppies, Godnose) and Daren Williams (Haba Dudes, Secret Assassins) and what you have is a high-quality throwback to the early beginnings of grunge. No complaints here. Listen via YouTube.
Skinwalkers | Two’s Company
There were big changes afoot when last we spoke to Skinwalkers, but they’ve re-emerged in style. After a two-year hiatus they came back to a support gig with no other than Millencolin. New track Two’s Company is one of a group of tracks recorded with producer Dave Atkins (Resin Dogs, Wolfomther) in northern NSW. With hard-hitting drums, insurgent guitar riffs and old-school roars, you’d be forgiven for not believing there’s only two of them. With this as their first offering in years, it’s an absolute pleasure to have Lach Jenno (guitar / vox) and Matt Turner (drums / vox) back in the fray. Listen via soundcloud/skinwalkersmusic.
Double Lined Minority | The Girl Who Couldn’t Love
Two EPs, five headline tours and a support slot for US rockers Motion City Soundtrack and Real Friends – it’s been a long year for Double Lined Minority. To add to the list of achievements, the four-piece have announced a co-headline tour with Inventions and Stansbury as well as the release of new single The Girl Who Couldn’t Love. It’s a love song, about the lack thereof. Frontman Eddie Salazar says flamenco guitar inspired the new song. “You can hear a lot of passion within that genre and I really wanted to take that element and somehow embed it into one of our own.” See if you can pick it out yourself – you can check out the track on YouTube.