Every single song presented to you hear is, what the young kids would say, an absolute banger. From dad rap to gloss-rock and everything in between, check out our favourite new sonic offerings from across the Gold Coast. And if you’ve got tunes to share, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buffy Prescott: time to mature with dad rap
Buffy Prescott have delivered a fresh take on the art of storytelling through rap (think Beastie Boys meets Nine Inch Nails). The Gold Coast’ band’s second LP ‘ImMature’ (which follows their 2015 debut ‘PreMature) is set for release late September through MGM Distribution but they’ve given us a taste with single ‘Know The Score’. These guys merge a love of late 80s, early 90s rap with a template for 80s punk. Given most of us from that era are struggling with the realities of parenting, it’s fitting that the protagonist in the songs found on ‘ImMature’ is attempting to mature for the sake of his children. This is, quite literally, dad rap, delivered in the format of a concept album. You can listen to first single ‘Know The Score’ via soundcloud.com/buffy-prescott and ‘ImMature’ is out 28 September.
New from Loose Leaf: Paper Weight
If there was any question that Rory Switzer has landed on his feet with new project Loose Leaf, then this is proof. New track ‘Paper Weight’ shows the strength in Rory’s songwriting, delivered with pretty guitars and, tamborine as well as indie riffs. The change of tempo for the chorus adds depth to the track and it really seems like the band is experimenting with a bunch of layers in its music. ‘Paper Weight’ sets Loose Leaf up as an act to watch. You can stream ‘Paper Weight’ now through all the usual outlets.
Take Me To The Ward: Angus Oastler
Angus Oastler is one of the Gold Coast’s most under-rated songwriters. With an old-school charm and crossing over between roots, Americana and indie-folk, he’s just released a three-track EP which delivers a quirky pastiche to the great artists who’ve influenced him. ‘Take Me To The Ward’ is a surprise package for a relatively unknown artist. Just three tracks in length, it’s like a taster for the mixed bag of genres Angus is experimenting with. ‘Sad Song’ is genuine and poetic and ‘Tigers Way’ is at the heavier end of the folk-rock spectrum. Title track ‘Take Me To The Ward’ shows off Angus’ songwriting ability adeptly. You can read our feature story on Angus in this here magazine and you can grab yourself a copy of ‘Take Me To The Ward’ via angusoastler.bandcamp.com.
Friends of Friends drop Human
Gold Coast three-piece Friends of Friends have released the lead single and corresponding video from their debut EP ‘Memory Hotel’. Growing up in small coastal towns, the three friends draw on their own experiences coming-of-age in beachside places. We all know what that’s like. The song’s introduction makes you think it’s another one of those ambient electronic numbers, but it’s not long before you realise this song is anything but. Those ambient soundscapes are delivered amongst gently screaming guitar lines and drum rhythms that are hard to ignore. It’s beautiful and ambitious alt-pop and you can listen for yourself via Spotify.
Mrs Jones a stand-out for Bligh
Gold Coast gloss-rock merchants Bligh have delivered their second single and it’s an absolute pearler, especially if you’re a fan of low budget English crime. ‘Mrs Jones’, which is out 29 September, is a catchy conglomeration of cinematic pop with some blues and 80s synthpop thrown in for good measure. We’ll catch up with the band in our next mag. Given this is only the band’s second single (and that they’ve taken out a bunch of band comps across the coast) we’re completely enamoured. They’re definitely another one to watch.
Lecia Louise releases live album
Guitar goddess Lecia Louise has announced the release of a new album ‘Live at Seratonin Studios’. With echoes of Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath Lecia draws on her love for 70’s rock as inspiration for her riffs and flying solos. One of the slower, sentimental tracks from the album ‘Quitting’s a Breeze’ has just had its video clip released, filmed during Lecia’s recent tour of Germany. The album, though was recorded here on the GC with Guy Cooper with most of the tracks mixed and mastered by ABC’s Hamish Robertson. The trio studied together at Griffith University’s Bachelor Popular Music. The film clip for ‘Quitting’s a Breeze’ is out now and Lecia celebrates the album release with shows at BT Blues (1 September), Redfest (8 September), Royal Mail Goodna (14 September) and Little Big Fest (21 September). More at lecialouise.com.
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