Check out the latest tunes coming out of the Gold Coast, curated by our own local music guru Zac Fahey.
Pure Milk Set Expectations High
The cover art to Pure Milk’s new single ‘Expectations’ is an image of a person chugging down a beer bong, which well and truly sets some expectations for what the track is going to sound like. The lyrics are about getting loose at a party as the image suggests, but it certainly sounds like the band had a night off the booze for the writing and recording of the track. ‘Expectations’ is a well-written rock tune filled with hooky guitar lines, interesting drum patterns and smooth vocal delivery. The track comes out on 21 August and will be followed by an EP set for release in October
Strong Debut For MDWS
MDWS (pronounced “Meadows”) is the solo project of Electronic R&B artist Callum Meadows. Developing a love of singing and songwriting at an early age, Callum first dabbled as a folk singer before artists like Flume caught his attention and he focused his attention on electronic music. His debut album ‘Another Year’ was released at the end of July and is a certified banger. Nine tracks of beautifully produced electronic-pop that lands somewhere between Flume and Hayden James, ‘Another Year’ is a front-runner for the best electronic release on the Gold Coast this year.
We All Drive To Kingscliff
We All Drive have an absolute massive sound for a two piece, which they have harnessed with their latest single ‘Kingscliff’. Drawing inspiration from DZ Deathrays and Royal Blood, the track was written about mateship, as front man Joel Sims explains – “My friends were pretty much the reason I would go to school every day. They helped and moulded me into the man I am today. But this song is not just a tribute for them, it’s also a song for anyone really. Anyone who loves each other and music!”. Grab your mates and turn it up to 11, ‘Kingscliff’ will tear you a new one!
Feel The Wrath
The Wrath have just released fast-paced goth/punk anthem ‘Long Time Dead’. It’s been a while between drinks (or double bass lines) for the five piece, but they’ve come out firing here. Keeping it nice and local, the track was recorded by Nic Carpenter at Core Studios and the video was shot, directed and edited by local legend Luke Sorensen. You can catch the band performing live at Wallapalooza on Saturday 14 September at The Wallaby Hotel.
Shift Into Party Mode With The Wayward Suns
We’ve described them as “a genre-blending menagerie of reggae, blues, roots and funk underpinned with hip-hop inflected grooves and a dash of rock” in the past and their latest release ‘Real Shift’ certainly follows suit. The groove-heavy tune dances around scratched audio samples, seamless rap verses and a full live band. It’s the kind of high-energy party song that makes you want to push over your work desk and run to the nearest dance floor. Join the party at their single launch on 9 August at the Woolly Mammoth in Brisbane.
An All Encompassing Concept Album
The Eden Project by Melissa Black offers a diverse mix of genres and is best described in her own words as “Piano driven songs supported by solid groove, understated guitars and a conversational vocal delivery which evokes the rich Australian landscape and an empowering feminine essence.” The project is an all-encompassing concept album that Mellissa Black has clearly poured her heart and soul into. Begin the journey at melissablack.com.au.
Rapid Fire With Karamilk
One month after the release of her debut single ‘Gone’, Gold Coast’s freshest electro pop artist Karamilk has dropped a follow-up single called ‘Living’. Clearly taking notes from other upcoming Aussies such as Mall Rat, Karamilk has channeled the polished pop sound and made it her own. The track was written about making the most from what you have in life and that’s exactly what 21-year-old Erin Foster seems to be doing with her music.
Hoodzy Defies The Odds
Young rising star Hoodzy burst onto our radar last month after she was featured as triple j unearthed high’s artist of the week. Her track ‘Nightmare’ is a fast-paced, glitchy hip hop jam that captures the 17 year old rappers effortless flow. The track is tough and straight to the point just like her bio where she describes herself as “17, female, gay, brown skin & chasing the same dream even if the odds are already against me. I’ll never be ashamed of who I am. The world is mine. If you’re rocking with me, all love is for ya’ll.” Hoodzy is definitely one to watch
Weird And Wonderful
Strange and compelling, Atlamer’s Muse new track ‘Half Heart’ cannot really be defined or pinned down to a particular genre. The Gold Coast two piece have been making weird and wonderful music together for just over a year now and have recently released their debut EP ‘Storm Seed’. Take a listen and draw your own conclusions as to what they sound like, you won’t be disappointed.
Syrup, Go On Release Stunning Debut
Local trippers Syrup, Go On have one of the best band names in Australian music right now and have just released an epic debut album ‘Last Light’. 11 tracks full of surprises, it’s the kind of record you can press play on again as soon as last song finishes. Syrup, Go On have managed to channel their progressive, jam-like style and put it to record on their first try; something many bands struggle to ever do correctly. Wild synths, catchy hooks, reverb guitars and delay steal the show in this hazy experience. It’s definitely worth a listen or 10.
KARLOU’s Youth Anthem
Brisbane band, Gold Coast Drummer… we’ll take it because it’s so damn catchy. KARLOU’s ‘Bad Choices’ is a youth anthem of sorts, a modern day electro pop banger that will have you singing along, living (or revisiting) your youth after the second chorus. Produced by Gold Coaster Brad Hosking who’s seen his fair share of hits playing in Amy Shark’s band, ‘Bad Choices’ follows suit getting the job done in just over three minutes. If you want to hear more from KARLOU head along to Miami Marketta on 16 August to see her live.
Volcanic Lovers Can Do No Wrong
Over her musical career, Alisha Todd has experimented with several vastly different styles, from her country music roots growing up in North Queensland to the travel-inspired, theatrical folk sound of her last single ‘Icelandia’. Her band Volcanic Lovers’ latest offering ‘Lose You’ sees her teaming up with producer and collaborator Scotty French at Lovestreet Studios and absolutely nailing the roots reggae sound. With the resurgence of reggae thanks to contemporary bands like Ocean Alley, there are a lot of similar sounding three cord reggae tracks kicking around at the moment, all seeming to gel into one knee-dropping basic groove. ‘Lose You’ is far from your run-of-the-mill roots track; the groove is locked, it’s catchy as hell and Todd’s vocal performance is outstanding. Reggae certainly suits Volcanic Lovers and we’d love to hear an album full of these kinds of tracks.
Haunting Alt Country With Catherine Gunther
‘Dangerous’ is the latest single from Americana artist Catherine Gunther. Her intention is clear and her emotion in raw through this frolicking number about a toxic and intoxicating relationship turned sour. Both ‘Dangerous’ and her 2018 single ‘Buried Alive’ were produced by Golden Guitar-Winning producer Jared Adlam and will feature on her forthcoming third EP set for release later this year.
Full Commitment For Bella Patton
“I sing I play I have no plan B – music is my life” – This is Bella Patton’s mantra and is the kind of dedication you need to have a successful music career these days. With her attitude well and truly sorted, the young Gold Coast songstress has given us her first offering, a beautiful three track EP titled ‘Early’. Writing the songs while still in high school and recording them in her first studio experience, Patton has overachieved, producing something mature and well beyond her years. The title track and its supporting video is definitely the EP highlight; filled with emotion it touches on the loss of a close friend.
Ivey Keep Growing
Ivey have literally grown up on the Gold Coast Music scene and it’s been an absolute pleasure to watch. Their latest offering ‘Bodies’ sees the band turn down the jangly guitars and turn up the synths, achieving a more indie pop/electro feel. The slick video enjoyed a massive premiere via triple j Unearthed and sees a sneaky little throwback that only true Ivey fans will recognise. In the closing scenes you can see the band jumping on a bed together in a tiny room that looks exactly like first their ever homemade video for ‘Smell Of Smoke’.
First Taste Of Ella Fence’s Debut Album
Ella Fence walks straight from the Gold Coast Music Awards red carpet back into the spotlight with arguably her best release to date ‘Don’t Feed The Monster’. Regular Blank readers will know that we are big supporters of Ella here, so it would be no surprise that we’re especially excited to hear the news that this will be the first single from her long awaited debut album. In Ella’s own words he describes her new body of work as “baroque electro pop rich in imagery and lyrical detail.” A description that fits perfectly for the new single. Catch her one-of-a-kind performance at HOTA’s first Lakeside session on 4 August alongside Young Australian of the year / indigenous rap superstar Baker Boy.