There is so much great Aussie music constantly being produced, it can be hard to know where to start listening! Here are a few faves who we’re busting to check out.
Recorded at Lovestreet Studios, Tails is the new album from Felicity Lawless, out 1 April. The album follows the release of single and video for Cowboy Cameraman, which showcases Felicity’s fiery, flashy flamenco guitar and on point visuals. Felicity says the album is a collection of stories, and if the lead single is anything to go by we’re in for a treat. Felicity launches the album at The Motor Room, Brisbane on 2 April with Ladi Abundance.
White Lodge launch new album
The Gold Coast’s premier peddlers of echo laden garage-psych(osis), White Lodge, have been building a steadily more impressive profile and reputation across the local musical landscape over these past few years. From their own unhinged headlining shows through to impressive support slots for bands of the ilk of The Growlers, Thee Oh Sees, The Garden, Gooch Palms and Drunk Mums, the guys are ready to deliver on the promise displayed on their earlier EP and split 7 inch single and thrust a definition exclamation mark of righteousness through the heart of the local musical landscape with the unfurling of their debut long player. To celebrate the occasion the guys will be launching the album at Elsewhere on Friday 22 April.
Shadow by the Sun takes Former Angels along east coast
Brisbane’s favourite new purveyors of rock and/or roll Former Angels, are hitting the road in support of new single Shadow by the Sun, out 25 May. It’s destined to be an instant rock classic, with blistering riffs and a surf rock-indebted singalong chorus. They hit Toowoomba, Broadbeach (29 May), Melbourne, Bendigo and Sydney before finishing with a homecoming celebration at Brisbane’s The Brightside on 10 June.
New album for CC on the horizon
Brisbane/Byron Bay reggae funksters CC the Cat have a new album in the wings, a new keyboard player and a run of shows scheduled for coming months. The band travelled to Bali last year to lay down fourth studio release, Free Spirit which is a collection of uplifting, inspirational reggae songs, due for release mid-year. Rohan Seekers (Astro Travellers) will join the band as keyboardist in the next run of shows. Astro Travellers recently took out the Urban category at Queensland Music Awards. CC the Cat play Byron Bay Brewery on 4 April, NightQuarter for GC Film Festival on 9 April, Shorty’s at Lennox on 10 April, Skypoint Q1 on 27 April and Nobby Surf Club on 23 April.
Belligerents go elsewhere
Five-piece indie/psych merchants The Belligerents are GC-bound, with new single Before I Am keeping them company for the ride. They’ve been working hard for five years and have developed both their sound and their fanbase over that time. The new single is off debut album, out soon. They’re at elsewhere, Surfers Paradise on Friday 6 May.
PHOTO: Former Angels, by Hans Telford