Release of the year is hotly contested at this year’s Gold Coast Music Awards

The past 12 bester preis levitra months have seen some truly world class releases emanate from these parts. Narrowing the field down to the final nominees proved to be quite a challenge, so without further ado here are the anointed five, proudly presented this year by Southern Cross University, home of the Bachelor of Music (now being delivered online).

Savage Sunday – Being Jane Lane

Those five sassy lasses known as Being Jane Lane are no strangers to the GCMAs, having taken out the ‘Peoples Choice’ award in 2017.

And 2019 saw them deliver one hell of a punk rock banger in the form of their debut album ‘Savage Sunday’, a title which gives a knowing wink to the brutal aftermath of a hard-partying Saturday night. Delivering 12 sizzling slices of in-your-face, anthemic punk with a wicked, laugh-out-loud twist, the album was produced by local online levitra dream pharmaceutical champion Guy Cooper at his Seratonin Studios here on the Gold Coast.

Our review, delivered by new music scribe Zac Fahey, proved to be quite prophetic: “Through themes of love, loss and sex delivered passionately by vocalist Teigan Le Plastrier, there’s not a dull moment within the 12 track LP. This album is a true culmination of hard work and raw talent and is set to be one of the best punk releases of the year.”

Cities of Gold – Benny D Williams

The multi-talented Benny D Williams is one of the hardest working performers you’ll encounter. His eclectic musical output, renowned for its dazzling sonic tapestry, compare prices levitra is delivered in one-man band mode and expertly fleshed out with an array of loops and effects.

And with his 2019 album, ‘Cities Of Gold, this self-professed ‘digital caveman’ elevated his muse to the next level, taking on the challenge of delivering a concept album in this age of short attention spans – and winning. The album is conceptually based on Benny’s experiences with the Gold Coast lifestyle and his observations pharmacy of and interactions with the people of his home town.

The album was both a personal love affair and labour of love for Benny, with the multi-instrumentalist recording it himself and playing all the instruments in his home studio. Sonically rich and musically diverse, ‘Cities Of Gold’ is highly deserving of its nomination as one of the outstanding Gold Coast releases of 2019.

“As a collection of music, it ticks all of the necessary boxes, but as a stand-alone analysis of what makes a community more than a collection of individuals it is an outstanding portrayal of one man’s love affair with the people and places that have shaped his past, present, and future.” Kris Peters, Blank GC.

The Great Divide – Busby Marou

2019 was the year that talented two-piece Busby Marou delivered their highly regarded fourth album, the heartfelt and feel-good sounds of ‘The Great Divide’. The album’s genesis saw the merging of worlds and cultures with the duo, Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou, traversing the great divide between the Australian mainland and the Torres Strait Islands to visit Jeremy’s father.

The album was produced by Oscar Dawson of Holy Holy, whose sonic alchemy added an extra dimension to the duo’s sound palette, without sacrificing their inherently organic and heartfelt approach to their songcraft.

The album further solidified the duo’s connection as both musicians and as mates, which is maybe best encapsulated in their own words: “The great divide is not about division or adversaries. It’s about recognising that we all have a different account of events in our own lives and celebrating how those differences combine to create a unique and colourful story. Without our great divide, there is no Busby Marou story.”

Squeezed Fresh – Electrik Lemonade

2019 was the year that high energy Gold Coast funklords Electrik Lemonade  came of age, with the eight headed groove machine translating their fabled live power (they’re also in the running for this year’s ‘Live act of the year’ award) into one hell of a party-starter with their 2019 release, ‘Freshly Squeezed’.

The merry purveyors of all things funkilicious brought the zing and the fizz in copious doses, wringing every ounce of their high energy vibe into the recorded format. The album is awash with the band’s high energy take on funky good-times, supplemented with tasty lashings of hip hop, soul and a splash of 70s boogie.

“You will laugh and reminisce, and you will want to dance, both ‘lighting it up’ and ‘getting down’ as well.” Glen Tozer: Blank GC

Moments – Hollow Coves

Having previously taken out ‘Song of the year’ and ‘Breakout artist of the year’ at the 2018 GCMAs, this past 12 months has seen global indie-folk success story Hollow Coves rise to lofty new heights with their stunning debut long player, ‘Moments’.

The intrepid duo, consisting of co-guitar/vocalists Matt Carin and Ryan Henderson, enlisted the services of producer Chris Bond (whose resume includes Ben Harper and Xavier Rudd), who also embellished their sound with the addition of bass and drums, resulting in a fully fleshed, technicolour realisation of their breezy, uplifting, acoustic based and harmony rich template.

Both dreamily introspective and in thrall of the wide open road, now more than ever, we should heed the words of Hollow Coves and take comfort in the knowledge that all things shall pass and freedom, as we knew it, will be ours again.

“I’m dreaming of the road again, set free in the wind, feels like we found home again,” Hollow Coves.

We announce winners of this and nine other categories of the 2020 Gold Coast Music Awards on Thursday 30 April from 7.00pm. Get the viewing details at

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