Strange Yonder, an independent record and artist management label based on the Gold Coast partnered up with Bleach* Festival to create a night of psychedelic goodness as part of this year’s event.
The night was set out to be a cracker with people hyping up the bands playing and copious amounts of beers flowing as the Salvadarlings were sound checking. I’ve seen the Salvadarlings a few times now and their sound is something I absolutely love, the way they hark back to the late 60s purely with their psych rock sound, it definitely came across that I wasn’t the only one in the crowd that was on a musical trip.
Lead singer and only female of the group, Ashley Goodall has such a unique voice and truly brings the band together with her effortlessly cool vibe. The band fit a lot of tracks into their set as they faded the end of each song into another, with a heap of tracks off their E.P Primary Feels released last May. I play a lot of their tracks on my locally based radio program Home Grown so I knew quite a few of the songs such as Spheres, Beta Swan and After Nightfall but they chucked in a few newies that we shall be hearing more of very soon. The Salvadarlings have made a huge mark on the Gold Coast music scene and around the country too, supporting fellow psych legends The Growlers and King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard.
As the night progressed, the crowd kept growing, I loved the variety of people there, you could’ve brought along your Nanna or Uncle Bob just as long as they were having a groove it didn’t matter.
Greys were up, now I hadn’t really heard much of these dudes before but I was impressed with their set. A Gold Coast duo made up founding members Mark Duckworth and Morris Lauga, who are very much inspired by post-experimental rock. . They haven’t been on the live music scene as of late as they were recording but they still upheld their status on the local scene, there were people from ever corner of the venue having a groove and sing a long. Something I really noticed in their set was the organic connection the band had, it really reflects in their music, so clean. Greys released new single Data Meta Theta just over a month ago, with over a decades worth of recordings and writing material the duo are set to release an LP later this year.
The final act of the night, Sydney group The Dandelion surprised the hell out of me.
Firstly, three powerful women fronting the band on bass, lead guitar/vocals and keyboard, got a lot of the males’ attention, and a dude killing it on the drums, hips started shaking almost instantaneously. It was the bands first time on the Gold Coast and may I just say they are more than welcome back every weekend, such a cool sound; it’s like a mystical journey through space and time (no reference towards The Mighty Boosh at all).
Honestly if you love your psych rock, you need to check out these guys. They had only just released their single Shadow of Light a few days before the gig following their self-titled E.P back in July 2014. Vocalist and front lady Danatalia de Silver embarked on her musical journey as Daniel Darling who also fronted group Dolly Rocker Movement but is now making waves with The Dandelion.
Thanks to The Soundlounge, Strange Yonder and Bleach Festival for putting on such a rad gig, local music is growing immensely and man it’s so exciting.