Gold for your ears: new music May 2018

Wrap your ears around some of the new tunes coming out of the Gold Coast in May.


Yonder finds their Way

Newcomers Yonder dropped their debut single in April. Written nearly a year ago, the band say the song has been the lynchpin of their work so far. It discusses the idea of uncertainty and incompetence as well as embracing guidance from another. Fletcher Babb, Jared Adlam and Paul Blakey all worked on the finished product. It’s a solid debut for the Gold Coast four-piece with soft-rock elements, strong vocals and a memorable chorus. Listen to Yonder on Spotify.


Electric Zebra drop Escalator

2017 was kind to Electric Zebra. Supporting Cloud Nothings, Screamfeeder and Horry My Friend, and placing in 4ZZZ’s Hot 100 for the second year running, it really seemed like this hard-working outfit hit its stride. With no PR< lable, manager or agents, the young band hit the recording studio with producer Darek Mudge (Screamfeeder) to give birth to ‘Escalator’ – a song which clearly shows the band’s sound maturing. They took extra production and mixing into their own hands this time too, allowing them to add layers of guitar and vocals from home. As a result ‘Escalator’ treads some new sonic territory, whil staying true to Electric Zebra’s alt-rock sound. They’re touring in May, so keep your eyes peeled, and turn your ears to Spotify to take in the new song.


Desire for Høt Coffee

What started as a jam turned into something much deeper for avant-garde duo Høt Coffee, who hit the Gold Coast scene in late 2016. Filled with electro-indie beats and laced with American-influenced r’n’b, Matt Hansford and Wade de Souza combined their diverse tastes in music to bring deep tones, lively spice and sweet acidity to their music. New track ‘Desire’ delivers deep beats, catchy r’n’b vocals and a simple layering of sounds, which results in a song which will be just as home on radio as it will be on a late night playlist. They’ve just played elsewhere and Shark Bar and have shows at The Scottish Prince (6 May) and Currumbin Pub (1 June), but until then you can listen to ‘Desire’ on Soundcloud.


Twelve Past Midnight

Soaring indie-rock is at the heart of Twelve Past Midnight’s new single ‘Daffodils & Absinthe’. Piecing together influences from acts like The 1975, Catfish and the Botlement and Gang of Youths, this Gold Coast / Brisbane act is blowing up local venues and last year showcased at Little BIGSOUND. They’re on the road now, taking their electric live show to new audiences. Listen to ‘Daffodils & Absinthe’ via Bandcamp.


New Tide for Matthew Armitage

You’ll remember we wrote about Matthew Armitage’s single ‘Love from Afar’, the boot-thumping, blues track left a lasting impression, so we’re stoked to hear the news that the artist will release his debut album ‘New Tide’ in June as well as hitting the road in support of Pete Murray in the same month. The songs on ‘New Tide’ were recorded by Armitage using his live set up of an acoustic nylon string guitar, vocals and foot-stomp percussion. The result is an incredibly full sound with stark elements that capture the authenticity of recording core elements live and later overdubbing only electric guitars, harmony vocals additional percussion and some keys. A preview of the new album will take place live at NightQuarter on 18 May. Stay tuned for links to the new album in coming weeks.


Charlie Rebel release Betty

Gold Coast punk purveyors Charlie Rebel have a brand new single and a new film clip (directed by Nils Nilsson). The release of both comes on the back of a recent tour to Japan where they launched their EP ‘Stare at the Sun’ with nine shows deep in the Japanese punk scene. New track ‘Betty’ is out 26 April and will be celebrated with a bunch of live shows – 8 May at Howl & Moan in Byron and 10 May at Rics Bar in Brisbane. Stay up to date with Charlie Rebel’s latest at


Driven Fear unlease My Rhythm Sense

You know it’s going to be a good month when it kicks off with new hardcore sounds from one of the city’s best metal outfits. Driven Fear – who showcased live at BIGSOUND last year – have delivered a new single and video in ‘My Rhythm Sense’. Vocalist Tim Hyde said the song was originally about capturing the role hardcore and punk music has in improving mental health  and keeping people together as musicians and friends. But that the notion changed part way through the writing process… “we all have another sense that goes somewhat unrecognized, typically speaking a rhythm sense.” The accompanying video, filmed on a dirt road cutting through a sugarcane plantation being burned is stunning. You can listen to the track, which was recorded at Core Studios by Nik Carpenter on Spotify and watch the new video, which was produced by Collin Jeffs Media on Youtube.


Amy Shark: I Said Hi

It’s already been streamed more than a million times, had commercial airplay and racked up the positive reviews. It was highly anticipated, that’s for sure. Amy Shark’s new track ‘I Said Hi’ off her upcoming album is a solid pop offering that cements Amy’s position as one of Australia’s fastest rising stars. The new album ‘Love Monster’, due for release in July is available for pre-order now and includes a free download of both the new track ‘I Said Hi’ and Amy’s breakout banger ‘Adore’. Win-win. Preorder at and listen to the new track on Spotify.


Nobody for The Ruiins

Gold Coast via NSW North Coast duo The Ruiins have released their debut EP ‘Nobody’ following the release of two singles off the record. They’ve been perfoming and writing music for the past two years gracing stages such as Falls, Grow Your Own and Caloundra Music Festival and amassing fans along the way. Govinda Doyle has worked his magic on the EP, which takes punters on a listening journey full of explosive instrumentals, driving guitars and melodic foot-stomping. You can listen to the full EP on Spotify.


Donny Love announce Sensation

Donny Love have developed close to a cult following on the Gold Coast, so we’re expecting their album launch at elsewhere in June to sell out and for all kinds of shenanigans to unfold. Their debut LP ‘Sensation’ which is out 4 May is hard to describe – and I think the band likes it that way. There are tracks which pick up elements from the songs that went before them, there’s a consistent driving groove and a sexy soul undercurrent, but it’s unmistakably Donny Love and it’s unmistakably good. We’ll review the album in full in our next edition, but for now, you can drop in to Spotify to get your ears around the single ‘Dysfunctional Lovers’ which comes off the EP and you can sort your tickets for the launch on 8 June.

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