Brisbane psych-pop groovers The Belligerents have plenty of reasons to fly high and reach for the sun right now. The band have just celebrated the release of their debut album, ‘Science Fiction’, an effort six years in the making. It was recorded over an intensive two week period in a farmhouse on North Stradbroke Island. It’s an effort that the guys, vocalist Lewis Stephenson, guitarist Jim Griffin, bassist Constantin Kersting, drummer Stag Sargent, and keyboardist Andy Balzat, can be justifiably proud.
It includes their 2016 single ‘Caroline’, as well as their brand spanking new number, the dance inducing ‘Flash’. The retro-future tinged film clip for it, directed by Greta Nash, features the band channeling their love of 80’s sci-fi, together with an outer space travelling pooch. Tip to avoid being upstaged in your own film clip: never work with animals or children! It’s a great clip and a cracking track, so be sure to check it out.
And if that wasn’t enough reason to let the sun shine in, the band will also be headlining the Gold Coast’s freshest new festival, Hello Sunshine. It’s taking place at the Burleigh Brewing Company on Saturday, 14 October, with the venue set to undergo a metamorphosis from its usual beery décor to that of a bohemian mecca complete with surf film projections, trippy light shows and a nostalgia themed staged.
Following this festival headlining appearance, the band will then head off on an extensive national tour, including stops in Perth, Adelaide and Canberra. Closer to home, they’ll also be playing at the Sol Bar in Coolum on 28 October and a triumphant homecoming show at The Zoo in Fortitude Valley on 11 November.
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Hey Sunshine, featuring The Belligerents is at Burleigh Brewing Co, Saturday 14 October