2017 has already seen some serious quality sounds come out of the Gold Coast. See the list below for our current faves.
Katie Who unleashes Wolves
It seems Katie Who continues to tweak her sound and her playmates. Now performing as a five-piece alongside Winston Charriot, Ryan Grantham, Kurt Hayward and Anton Rize, new single The Wolves is her first release for 2017. Recorded with ARIA award winining producer Govinda Doyle and co-written wth Winston Charriott, the original song was more than five minutes long but was re-written by the pair just months before Katie jetted off to her Canadian showcases. Winson is also collaborating with Katie on her new EP which is currently in demo phase. “We hope to release it within six months,” she told Blank GC. Katie Who Band are at Currumbin Pub on 11 February.
New banger for Benny D
“It had been way too long since I’d released some studio
material and I thought it would be cool to kick off the new year with a productive beginning,” says Benny D Williams. Less than six months after releasing his album Digital Caveman, Benny D has a fresh single, Blue, delving right into the psychedelic-trip-hop feel he’s perfected at hundreds of live shows across the Gold Coast.
Just Like Magic a winner for Casey
Casey Barnes is again turning heads with his latest single Just Like Magic, lifted from Casey’s 2016 ARIA top 10 album Live As One. The track saw Casey work with producers Michael Paynter and Michael Delorenzis and the result is an anthemic summer crossover track with ear-worm melodies. Casey will be fresh from Tamworth Country Music Festival when he plays NightQuarter on Friday 17 February with full band.
DiskoDisco throws back to 80s
Otherwise known as Chris Lamaro, DiskoDisco has rolled out debut single Syntax Error. Driving home with a heavy bassline, Syntax Error is a brutal return to retro, Hollywood Hills-inspired synthwave. Syntax Error, with its synths and drum machines, will have you wearing your cut-off sleeve Santa Cruz shirt and thinking you’re watching a bad 80s moving you just can’t look away from – and that’s a compliment. He’s at the OzFest afterparty with Yes Sir Noceur and Idiio on Saturday 28 January.
Fresh off the back of a return run of shows, Gold Coast blues rockers The Vernons have unveiled the video for pensive new single She’s Not Mine. First hitting stages in 2012 and quickly notching up a well deserved 2014 Big Day Out slot, The Vernons have since supported the likes of Hoodoo Gurus, Wolfmother, Stonefield, The Rubens, Gang of Youths and more. With three EP’s under their belt that include the Queensland Music Award winning track To The Sky and sizzling single White Wine (which is now set to crack 300,000 YouTube views), The Vernons are crafting a genuine catalogue that offers up classic feeling modern blues. She’s Not Mine is out via digital retailers and the band is expected to storm into 2017 with their most focused material to date. Bring it on lads.
New album and single for Byron’s Valhalla Lights
Having spent the last 12 months releasing a stunning new track and video each month picking up airplay around Australia and in the USA, Byron alt/rockers Valhalla Lights have released the final single Beautiful from their slow release album My Gracious Highway. Two new film clips have also been released in the past month. One for new single Beautiful and the other for Escape To Silence, with videos from the album ticking over 25000 views so far. Both videos are available on Youtube.